Allantoin is one of the most common K-beauty ingredients you must have never heard of! Indeed this skin success secret is often snuck in Korean sheet masks and moisturizers, and it's time we give it the spotlight it deserves!
Although allantoin has been around for a while, it's recently risen to immense popularity in Seoul because of its skin-calming properties working wonders for sensitive skin. Many skin experts are already recommending Allantoin-infused moisturizers, toners, and masks to clients experiencing irritated, damaged or dry skin.
Scientifically known as 'Aluminum Dihydroxy Allantoin', Allantoin is produced from uric acid in cells. "A compound found naturally in most organisms including plants, animals, and microbes," explains cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski. It's often extracted from comfrey plants but is synthetically produced in a lab when added to any skincare formulations.
Allantoin's shortlist of soothing benefits include anti-inflammation and hydration, making it just the gentle ingredient needed for sensitive skin. This versatile ingredient also acts as a skin protectant and is often found in anti-acne, sun care, and lip products for this reason. It then shields skin from chapping and can help improve minor wounds. Lab research further proves that Allantoin has antioxidant, wrinkle-smoothing, and exfoliating properties too. It can also stimulate collagen and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. No doubt many people are already jumping into the bandwagon of trying and consistently using Allantoin-inclusive skincare, especially the ones with the sensitive skin!