City life can be extremely glamorous – but it comes at a high price. The pollution in the air is a silent assassin that ruins the skin in a number of different ways: it robs the complexion of its natural, dewy glow; weakens its protective barrier, magnifies dehydration, depletes antioxidants, the number one defense against premature aging; finally, it activates the overproduction of sebum, leading to the dreaded appearance of blemishes and breakouts.
Korean skincare has a secret weapon for dealing with the skin woes triggered by pollution: ginseng. Korean ginseng is renowned the world over for its extremely high concentration of saponins, a feat made possible by the particularly fertile soil of the Asian peninsula. Saponins are a group of antioxidants with powerful free radicals-scavenging and soothing properties: not only they destroy these harmful molecules before they can cause any real damage, but they also calm down the chronic irritation brewing in the underlying layer of the skin, which, if not quenched, inevitably leads to dark spots and premature wrinkles.
One of my favourite ways to incorporate ginseng into my skincare routine is through an ampoule, like Hanyul Baek Hwa Goh Vitalizing Care Ampoule. Still little known in the West, ampoules are a staple of the Korean skincare regime because they contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than serums and moisturizers and can, therefore, perform their anti-aging job more quickly and effectively.
Hanyul Baek Hwa Goh Vitalizing Care Ampoule has quickly become a favourite because, in addition to pollution-fighting ginseng, the ampoule also contains a bunch of natural antioxidants, including peony, ginger and squalane. Squalane is a natural component of your skin’s protective barrier so it has the added benefit of strengthening it against the toxins and pollutants that try to infiltrate their way inside. Finally, the ampoule is loaded with glycerin, a humectant that draws moisture from the environment into the skin. In a nutshell, glycerin keeps skin hydrated and, as all fans of Korean skincare well-know, well-hydrated skin looks plumper and younger and takes on a radiant glow.
Ampoule is the fourth step in my skincare routine, right after cleansing, toning and essence. I simply pour a small amount on the palm of my hand, gently pat it on and then press my face with my palms to help it better penetrate through my skin. After a few days – that’s how quickly ampoules work – any sign of dryness and dullness caused by pollution is gone. My skin now has all the moisture it needs to take on a plumper, smoother and dewier appearance. Its long-term benefits are even more beneficial: its high antioxidant content fights premature wrinkles, which means I won’t see them cropping up on my face anytime soon.
Finally, I can enjoy the glamour of city life without worrying about skin damage from pollution.
Summary: Hanyul Baek Hwa Goh Vitalizing Care Ampoule fights the damage pollution inflicts to the skin: it deeply hydrates, restores a healthy glow and fights the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles.
Claims: Protects and soothes your skin from environmental damage, and offers deep hydration.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Triethylhexanoin, Squalane, Dimethicone, PEG-60 Glycerylisostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kaolin, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, PEG-20 Glyceryl Isostearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Where to buy: Yes Style