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2022 Best Korean Anti Aging Serums for Dry Skin
These Advanced Hydrating Serums Help Smooth Wrinkles And Give You That Glass Skin Glow All Winter
If you have unquenchable dry skin like me, you might already know that winter can be the worst season for our skin.
Do you ever get dry patches, accentuated fine lines after applying makeup, or those tinges of tightness and itchiness?
Keeping dry skin moisturized isn’t about how many different products we layer on but the quality of each product.
By using higher quality products, we can cut down the steps in our daily skin care routine and save so much time.
To find out which products really help smooth wrinkles and get rid of dryness, we compared all of the high-end Korean anti-aging serums available in the USA and narrowed it down to our top 3 based on:
- Ingredients list (no potentially harmful chemicals against pregnant or nursing women),
- Performance (worked to visibly improve our skin),
- Novelty (selecting products that are newly developed
Why Is Korean Skin Care Best?
My skincare obsession all started by watching Korean television shows and movies, also known as Korean dramas or K-drama.
I’m always amazed by how beautiful and ageless Korean actresses and actors look on and off screen.
Sticking to a daily skin care routine using the absolute best Korean skin care products is part of the job. But this can get especially challenging during the winter.
Did you know during winter in South Korea, the average temperature is a few degrees below freezing?
The harsh, snowy winds easily sweep away moisture from skin.
And when our skin gets to a critical point of dryness, that is when wrinkles start to form.
South Korea’s climate and consumers demand ultra-moisturizing skin care that provides anti-wrinkle and skin barrier strengthening ingredients.
Moreover, South Korea’s skin care researchers and developers are leading the way in advanced skin care.
And we are enjoying all the benefits of new discoveries in the form of effective, beautifully packaged products.
For this product comparison article, we used a skin moisture meter to see how well each Korean anti-aging serum hydrated our skin and kept it hydrated during a whole day.
(above image shows from left to right: the Forte Serum, the Youth Revolution Vitamin C Radiance Concentrator, and the Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum.)
Hydrating our skin is only half of the solution to getting rid of dry skin for good.
The other half is to strengthen our skin so that it is able to retain hydration with nourishing ingredients.
Introducing hanbang Korean skin care, another reason why Korean skincare products are best!
What Is Hanbang Korean Skin Care?
Hanbang refers to holistic Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM), which has been used for centuries and is still practiced today with modern medicine.
Many of the hanbang herbs used in medicine are also very effective at tackling signs of premature skin aging when used topically in skincare products.
In fact, most of the high-end, luxury Korean skincare brands use hanbang ingredients because of their effectiveness against signs of aging.
Western anti-wrinkle skin care takes an approach of stressing the skin with chemical peels and retinols.
However, Eastern skin care looks to nourish with natural ingredients and boost your skin’s natural regenerative abilities.
This year’s top 3 Korean anti aging serums for dry skin feature these rejuvenating, research-proven hanbang ingredients:
Korean Ginseng: Also known as panax ginseng, Korean ginseng extract helped lighten dark spots and brighten uneven skin tone. Ginsenosides are the unique antioxidants from ginseng. The most powerful form of ginseng is red ginseng, which was reserved as a remedy only for royals. Studies show it provides anti-cancer as well as anti-wrinkle and brightening skin benefits. Red ginseng is fresh ginseng that has been dried and steamed to increase ginsenoside concentrations. Truly high-quality Korean skincare products provide “red ginseng extract” in their ingredients.
Peony Flower: Peonies aren’t just pretty to look at; their unique antioxidants paeoniflorin help revitalize our health from the inside out. You can find natural supplements made with peony flower root that help boost immunity. As a topical skincare ingredient, peony extracts help lighten dark spots for a more even-toned and radiant complexion. Moreover, white peony root extract (paeonia albiflora) also provides anti-wrinkle with brightening benefits to help smooth and firm aging skin.
Satsuma Tangerine: Sweet, tangy, and flavorful, satsuma tangerines provide more than just vitamin C. These little citrus fruits are harvested towards the winter and they pack unique antioxidants called flavonoids. While vitamin C as a skincare ingredient is renown for its brightening and collagen boosting qualities, satsuma extract also provides those benefits without any potential skin irritation. While not all forms of vitamin C are stable and not all formulas containing vitamin C are suitable for sensitive skin, satsuma tangerine extract demonstrated moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
These ingredients have been used for centuries in medicine to boost our health and now they are infused into some of the best skincare products available to keep our skin radiant and youthful.