Inhyunjin…skincare line, why is it so amazing!?

Inhyunjin is one of the top selling SMD/Saimdang’s skincare lines currently in Korea…and why is it so amazing let me tell you!!  Inhyunjin combines the most advanced technologies with time-tested ingredients derived from natural Asian herbs. I can give the complicated scientific reason behind the miracle serums and lotions, but let me break it down for you in simpler terms.

Personally I have been using this line for over two months and I absolutely love it and professionally I have had the privilege of research and marketing this product so I have come to know if in and out very well.  Here I am just going to give you the really fun interesting info on this super duper anti-aging line!



Peach Seed Extract – Peaches offer a bounty of skin health benefits. Perhaps this is why they are used to much in luxury skincare. Pure peach extract, while expensive due to the elaborate process required to extract the oils, is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.  These fatty acids contain linoleic acid and oleic acid which work by helping your skin retain moisture and maintain elasticity.  As a result you will also find that your skin is softer! Peach extract works with the vitamins and nutrients already in the skin to slow the appearance of aging!!  I could go on and on about this peach stuff but you get the idea.



Fermented Skincare – the next big thing in beauty…because fermented products all have shown promising effects to help with anti-aging and elasticity of your skin!! Of course this is something Asian skincare companies have been using for years! Fermented Yurisu is an
exclusive innovation by Saimdang (Patent No. 10-0537960).  It involves the extraction and fermentation of key Asian herbal ingredients.


Chinese Matrimony Vine/Goji Berries – So after reading about these babies I am now eating them daily too!  They contain amazing anti-aging properties and antioxidants which will help replenish the youth in aging skin. This is one of the main ingredients in the Inhyunjin line.  These bad boys are the most nutritionally dense fruit on the earth so slather your face in it and eat them!!  They aren’t cheap, but who cares…

wilfordii root

Wilfordii Root Extract – Another widely used herb in Asian skincare for it’s antioxidants and anti-aging properties!!  Are you getting the picture yet?!  This line is packed with natural herbs and extracts that work on anti-aging!!


Mulberry – Mulberry is just an amazing herb in skincare period. The antioxidant properties remove toxins, unclog pores, even skin tone, moisturize, and fight blemishes. Brilliant!!

So that should give you a breakdown of why we at SMD Cosmetics refer to the Inhyunjin line as the radiant, ageless, natural skincare line. I am a fan!



10-step Korean skin care routine

The first key to understanding the Korean skin care industry is to understand the legacy behind it. Koreans have among the longest documented historical civilized legacies (dating back to 8000 BCE) in the world. Skincare interest has been documented since the earliest Korean writings (700 BCE) and the Dongui Bogam, an ancient Korean medicinal text, has an entire section on preparation and use of herbal ingredients, including for skin concerns.

Korean beauty is a little breath of relaxing joy…this may also stem from the centuries-old tradition of spa and self-care in Korean culture. The Korean spa is also primarily about relaxing with other women and hanging out, rather than just ‘go to the spa, get these things done to you, leave.’ It’s frequently a family affair.

Korean routine is not merely about results (although they are certainly happy about the results). Instead, similar to the Korean spa experience itself, it’s also about the ritual: the precise order of layering; the time necessary to let essence or serum penetrate before the next product can be applied; the special patting motion for the eye cream, etc. This particular form of self-care can be empowering for women.

Korean skincare regimen sounds a bit extreme, but it all boils down to cleansing, exfoliating, treating, intensely moisturizing and applying plenty of SPF during the day. I guess the real differentiating factor between how Koreans take care of their skin and more Western routines is that in Korea, you’re programmed to start early— well before your first training bra—while our more American version of skincare tends to be a sudden mad dash to Nordstrom to buy $100 eye cream, hoping it will reverse some of the teenage UV damage when we hit the age of 30.

Step 1: The Eye Makeup Removal

Remove your eye makeup gently with good makeup remover because expecting a normal cleanser to do a detailed job is what leaves you with week-old mascara on your lashes.

Step 2: The Cleanse

Rule of thumb is, if you’re going to spend 30 minutes putting on your face, you should spend the same amount of time are take the same amount of care when cleaning it off.

Step 3: The Refresher

What we in America think of as “toning’ is an essential step. It’s believed to help remove pollutants along with any residue from your cleansers, while also restoring your skin’s pH balance. It soothes and preps your skin to absorb the next step—the essence. I’ve found Korean toners are less harsh and drying than other kinds that I’ve tried, which is maybe why they’re called “refreshers.”

Step 4: The Essence

Considered the most important step to Korean women, yet still a mystery to many.  It affects skin on a cellular level, speeding your cell turnover rate which makes skin smoother and brighter. I’ve had the most noticeable results from adding this this to my regimen.

Step 5: The Ampoule

Ampoules are super-concentrated versions of essences, and are often referred to as serums and boosters out West.

Step 6: The Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are a twice-a-week ritual, or more if your face is very dry. The wet, papery, masks (makes you look like a serial killer), are soaked in ingredients like collagen, which they in turn soak into your skin. The fun is in the variety; some masks contain avocado extracts (containing tons of antioxidants) or Vitamin E (anti-aging). The secret to sheet masks? They force your skin to absorb the nutrients and moisture better than if you just applied a cream or serum—before the product has a chance to evaporate. The immediate effects are addicting, after one use your face is slightly more plump and much brighter due to all the moisture your skin just absorbed.

Step 7: Snail Cream

You can’t skip the snail serum concentrate!!  The snail mucus solves a multiple amount of skin issues from anti-aging, acne, to evening out one’s skin.

Step 8: The Eye Cream

This is a self-explanatory product, but take note of the technique.  This leads to better absorption of the product, and of course eliminates any of that tugging and pulling.

Step 9: The Moisturizer

Really, another layer? If you haven’t noticed, Korean women are all about layering, to the point you feel your skin has been mummified.

Step 10: The Night Cream

By this point your face feels like a 6-tiered cream cake and your skin has major shine—or as Korean women like to call it, a dewy, “moist glow.” The point is, your skin needs to stay hydrated as you recharge overnight. If it’s morning time skip this step and go with plenty of SPF.

Like I tell all my girlfriends, this routine only takes about 15 minutes out of my evening (sheet masks and exfoliating packs are not really a daily thing), and it’s actually a bit therapeutic to pamper my face as I wind down for the night. The key is daily prevention and nurturing, which eliminates any need for expensive facials. Sure, if you’re stumbling home a bit toasty, barely able to take off your triple-strapped sandals, do yourself a favor and at least wipe off the day’s makeup with some cleansing tissues. Sleeping in your makeup is the universal ultimate skincare sin—whether you’re in California or Seoul.