All anyone can talk about in the beauty community is Korean skincare. It has even become a global phenomenon, garnering fans from all over the world, and inspiring countless product spin-offs. And while they contain unusual ingredients—snail slime, anyone?—Korean beauty products are best known for their innovative formats and game-changing textures. Yet, if you take a close look at the ingredient lists on your frequently used products, there’s another group of ingredients that are much less talked about. Unbeknownst to most, many popular skincare brands such as Fresh, Caudalié and Philosophy contain ingredients that are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It’s been the underdog of the beauty industry but thanks to brands like Wei Beauty, more people are gaining a deeper understanding about how they can benefit us beyond ingesting medicinal soups.
For starters, most of us know that TCM subscribes to the philosophy of balance in mind and body. It governs everything, including treating the common flu, postpartum recovery to inside-out radiance. It does so by addressing specific needs using the concepts of yin yang, the five elements the health of our internal organs health. Here, the commonly found ingredients to look out for, their benefits and products that contain them.