Innovation in K-Beauty never ceases to amaze us. In addition to developing ingenious regimens and easy hacks, Korean beauty brands have introduced us to some game-changing skincare ingredients including snail mucin, propolis, and bamboo.
The newest buzz-worthy ingredient on top of the K-Beauty 2021 trend forecast? Heartleaf (scientifically known as houttuynia cordata), a flavonoid and flowering plant native to Southeast Asia, according to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Koo, MD.
“In Southeast Asia, houttuynia cordata is eaten as a leafy vegetable that contains antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Koo explains. “Its potential for skincare is promoted because of its anti-inflammatory (think blemishes, rashes, eczema) and hydrating properties.”
But that’s only the beginning. So, we tapped Dr. Koo (plus a few other skincare pros) to share all the ins-and-outs of the ingredient, as well as some easy ways to introduce it into your routine.