A skin­care es­sen­tial that boosts the im­mune sys­tem

An ad­di­tional step to your daily skin­care reg­i­men does the body good, both in­side and out

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT KRISTELLE ANN BATCH­E­LOR IL­LUS­TRA­TION GRACE DE LUNA

The Korean skin­care rou­tine is bask­ing in its war­ranted hey­day. But in case you didn’t know, the im­mac­u­late com­plex­ion sported by Kore­ans is achieved only through the use of nu­mer­ous prod­ucts, from mois­tur­iz­ers to sheet masks. Now added to the ever grow­ing loot are skin boosters, which beauty ex­perts are swear­ing by.

Skin boosters boast a plethora of ben­e­fits, start­ing from pore un­clog­ging. Most kinds con­tain vi­ta­min C, which can ad­dress hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion and pre­vent pre­ma­ture skin ag­ing. Stud­ies show that skin boosters make the skin’s out­er­most layer, the stra­tum corneum, more in­tact, which is cru­cial for the im­mune sys­tem. Boost­ing the said bar­rier pre­vents in­fec­tion and de­hy­dra­tion and will re­sult in a healthy glow.

Skin boosters are ap­plied af­ter cleans­ing and ton­ing and be­fore ap­ply­ing serums, be­cause un­like the lat­ter, which pri­mar­ily re­tain the skin’s mois­ture and tar­gets only cer­tain prob­lems, skin boosters nur­ture the over­all skin sur­face.

Brands have been cham­pi­oning the prod­uct, mak­ing use of pro­bi­otics along with in­te­grat­ing a healthy dose of sur­face hy­dra­tors in their for­mu­las, like flaxseed and glass­wort ex­tracts. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s na­tional train­ing man­ager David Whyte ex­plains how boosters al­low the skin to per­form at its op­ti­mum state while still keep­ing enough bac­te­ria around that skin cells need: ‘‘Just like we have good and bad bac­te­ria in our gut flora, we have bac­te­rial mi­croflora on the sur­face of our skin, which is es­sen­tial for main­tain­ing the health of the skin.”

Ul­ti­mately, skin boosters make other skin prod­ucts work more ef­fi­ciently. It’s the es­sen­tial top coat to pro­tect skin from tox­ins.

Stay­ing beau­ti­ful and healthy doesn’t come with­out a price tag, but with the in­evitable pol­lu­tion and other nox­ious sub­stances we en­counter on a daily ba­sis, the best bet is to in­vest on the care of our first layer of de­fense. Just be cau­tious of the amount you ap­ply as it would de­pend on your skin’s level of dry­ness. Re­sults are vis­i­ble shortly, ev­i­dent in the three signs of healthy-look­ing skin: soft­ness, even­ness, and ra­di­ance.

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