Surprise, surprise—the Korean beauty industry has tipped off the rest of the world on another powerhouse ingredient: artichoke. Christine Chang, co-founder of the Korean product line Glow Recipe, says that this is just another step forward for Korea's natural-focused cosmetic scene. "The holistic approach to caring for the skin from the inside out has fueled a beauty industry in Korea that has always been very open and adventurous with food-based ingredients," Chang explains. "The superfood movement has been exploding. We've been calling artichokes the next kale."
And it's more than mere hype—artichokes have impressive beauty benefits. "They're full of vitamins and antioxidants," Chang says, "and they're known to help increase circulation, which is part of what makes the extract great for anti-aging products." Korean brand Yuri Pibu offers a range of products dedicated to artichoke, including night cream, essence, and toner.
"Artichoke helps cells retain moisture and build cell density from the inside, so it's a miracle for sagging pores." —Christine Chang, co-founder of Glow Recipe
Artichoke extract can be powerful. "The extract contains an anti-inflammatory that inhibits free radical growth while increasing circulation—contributing to a healthy glow," Chang says. "It also helps cells retain moisture and build cell density from the inside, so it's a miracle for sagging pores."
ZSS Skincare Solutions, a Missouri-based brand, is known for its Nutri-Serum, which uses zeaxanthin as a main ingredient. The acid is found in artichoke, as well as other greens such as kale, swiss chard, and broccoli.
"The superfood movement has been exploding. We've been calling artichokes the next kale." —Christine Chang, co-founder of Glow Recipe
"Clinical studies show zeaxanthin is stored in skin tissue, where it works as an antioxidant to destroy damaging free radicals that can accelerate skin aging," says Paula Simpson, co-founder and nutrition and beauty expert for ZSS Skincare Solutions. "With the summer season upon us, this is one of my go-to ingredients for skincare."
The excitement about artichoke definitely paves the way for even more food-based beauty trends to pop up soon. "There's a history of roots and herbs being used in skincare in Korea for hundreds of years, so we'll probably see more new vegetables moving from farm to face," Chang says.
We'll be on the lookout for the next big vegetable—but don't worry, kale and artichoke, we'll always save a spot at the table for you.
Share this new skin care trend with your friends. Discuss it over a cheesy dish of artichoke dip, perhaps?