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Skincare Wisdom from the Ancient Eastern Medicine – Pyunkang Yul

Skincare Wisdom from the Ancient Eastern MedicineAncient Eastern medicine is as much a way of life as it is a medical treatment. Pyungkang Yul's philosophy embraces an approach that promotes overall holistic body wellness. Holistic wellness takes your entire being into account–mind, body, spirit and emotion, with the ultimate goal being the achievement of proper balance in life. Pyunkang Yul is a brand that takes this holistic philosophy and applies it to skincare. Pyunkang Yul believes that your skin needs rest. The goal is not to battle your skin type, but to find your skin’s resting point, or in other words to achieve balanced skin. Balanced skin is not attained by another label but by ultimately being in-tune with your skin and its ever-changing needs.

The western view of skin types hold three different categories–oily, dry and the all-encompassing "combination". While these are helpful tools to initially understanding your skin condition, the truth is that your skin is not static. The creators of Pyunkang Yul understand this simple but crucial concept. They believe that your natural bodily constitution, your lifestyle and your environment all impact your skin. And since those factors are constantly changing, so is your skin. Maybe some days, seasons, or even years you will have oily skin, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will always have oily skin.

Start listening to your skin more carefully and give it the right ratio of oil and water. This is the ultimate goal–balancing the right amount of oil and water in your skin. Did you know? Dehydrated skin is actually different from dry skin. Dehydrated skin lacks water, whereas dry skin lacks oil. Your skin can be oily and dehydrated or dry and dehydrated. Ever notice your skin looking greasy but feeling tight? Yes, that’s when your skin is oily but dehydrated. You need to control oil production and hydrate so your skin is not parched.

Read on to learn how the Ohlolly team is adding Pyunkang Yul to their skincare wardrobes.

Kait / skin: combination, dehydrated

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul - Kait

Learning more about Pyunkang’s skincare philosophy has altered my own skincare habits. Instead of viewing my Korean skincare routine as a set of steps to be followed, I’m learning to be more adaptive to what my skin needs for that particular day. Pyunkang Yul products have now become staples in my skincare kit, adding needed doses of hydration and helping me achieve my new skincare goal of truly balanced skin.

For years I’ve been saying that I have oily skin. And for years I DID have oily skin. I spent the majority of my high school and college years combatting my oily skin. And then in the last few years I moved 3,000 miles across the country, turned the corner from early twenties to late twenties, and had a baby, all which made subtle but serious changes to my skin. I also learned a ton about K-beauty and said hello to some amazing products. Yet even with a better arsenal of products and more knowledge about skincare, my mind has been trained to think that I had oily skin, so I treated my skin like it was oily, even though the truth is more complicated.

The three Pyunkang Yul products I’m loving for my skin are the Foam Cleanser, Mist Toner and Balancing Gel. The Mist Toner really cools down my hot and red skin with its nourishing ingredients. I use it as a toner and a hydrating mist throughout the day. I’m also loving the Balancing Gel. The honey-like texture does an amazing job of sealing in my hydrating treatments. I typically use it as the last step in my nightly routine.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Foam CleanserCleansing Foam

VACUUM CLEANER FOR PORES

A gentle but mighty cleansing foam made with ledebouriella seseloides extract that delivers highly effective cleansing with lots of delightful bubbles. The stretchy consistency of Pyunkang Cleansing Foam adheres to dirt and oil trapped in pores and removes them, leaving skin feeling clean and fresh without drying. For all skin types. Use our Pyunkang Yul Quick Guide to find your perfect products.

Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream - KaitMoisture Cream

QUICK-ABSORBING AND BALANCING

Pyunkang Yul Moisture cream is a powerfully effective daily moisturizer for all skin types, especially those with sensitive, acne-prone or oily skin. Formulated with safe and gentle ingredients free of fragrance and artificial dyes, the creamy texture goes on smoothly and absorbs easily, providing a soft and supple finish without feeling greasy or sticky. Perfect for sealing in moisture and keeping skin looking radiant and youthful all day long.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel - KaitBalancing Gel

STRONG SKIN BARRIER MAKER

Consisting of only seven premium ingredients, Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel is an anti-aging, skin-barrier builder that hydrates and regenerates skin cells for a healthy complexion. Astragalus membranaceus root extract, a powerful anti-aging ingredient, makes up over 90% of this innovative formula. The honey-like consistency grabs onto the surface of  the skin and then melts in for a smooth, strong and bouncy texture.

Herra / skin: oily to combination, acne-prone, dehydrated

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul - Herra

I love that Pyunkang Yul uses only absolutely necessary ingredients to formulate their products. The result is gentle yet highly effective products with a short list of ingredients. While my skin is not very sensitive, enabling me to test many different products with minimal adverse reaction, I always feel better knowing that what I’m putting on my skin is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.

My skin has always been oily and acne-prone, but now that I’m getting into my mid-40’s it’s acting dehydrated as well. But in general I have a pretty good understanding of what my skin needs and when. Having added the Pyunkang products into my regular routine has been amazing–new and different textures, really fresh and clean. Currently I am loving Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner, Moisture Serum & Moisture Ampoule. The Mist Toner happens to be the brand’s best seller and I can see why. I love how refreshing and hydrating it makes my skin feel. Moisture Serum and Ampoule provide the much needed hydration without extra shine. This Ampoule is magic and has changed my skin from constantly feeling oily to very well balanced. The Ampoule is the superstar product for me.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Mist TonerMist Toner

THIRST-QUENCHING AND BALANCING

A cooling, incredibly hydrating and convenient misting toner made up of 91.9% coptis japonica root extract, a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory, energizing and nourishing properties, Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner quickly absorbs to hydrate and refresh skin. Perfect as a toner in your regular skincare routine or as a mist anytime throughout the day (goes over makeup flawlessly). Made with only necessary ingredients, Pyunkang Yul is always free of artificial fragrances, dyes or irritants. Use our Pyunkang Yul Quick Guide to find your perfect products.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum - HerraMoisture Serum

BALANCING, HYDRATING AND CALMING

Formulated to help skin find its optimal proportion of moisture and oil for a balanced, healthy complexion, the secret is in the right combination of the star ingredients including coptis japonica root extract and oilve oil. Pyunkang Yul Moisture Serum calms and cools while providing deep hydration for irritated, sensitive, and oily yet dehydrated skin. The lightweight lotion-like texture spreads easily and absorbs quickly.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule - HerraMoisture Ampoule

SUPERCHARGED MOISTURE BUILDER

Consisting of only six premium ingredients, Pyunkang Yul Moisture Ampoule is a high-potency moisture booster that calms, smoothens and destresses skin for a glowing complexion. Coptis Japonica root extract, a powerful skin-calming and hydrating ingredient, makes up over 90% of this innovative formula. The honey-like consistency grabs onto the surface of skin then melts in for a smooth, soft and bouncy texture.

Sue / skin: dry, dehydrated

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul - Sue

From constantly looking for new Korean beauty brands, I come across a lot of great sounding products. But truly unique and curation-worthy brands/products are becoming harder to find. I knew Pyunkang was special from the moment I read about them. And I knew the brand was worth our time and effort to curate from the first week of testing.

I have always had not only dry skin, but uber-sensitive and easily-irritated skin. I also know that my skin is rarely thrilled with all-natural or 100% organic or heavily botanical products. Even so, I love the idea of natural ingredients in my skincare and am always looking for ones that actually work for my sensitive skin. Then came Pyunkang Yul! The brand that marries the ancient eastern medicine with the latest skincare technology. Ingredients are pared down to the very essentials and they actually work. So I fell in love with Pyunkang and everything they made. My skin is usually pretty angry every winter, but this last winter was different. I depended heavily on Pyunkang products. They literally healed my skin from all the vigorous product testing that I do. Thanks Pyunkang Yul!

Pyunkang Yul items that stand out to me the most for my dry and easily dehydrated skin are the Essence Toner, Oil and Nutrition Cream, and Balancing Gel which Kait covers above.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Essence TonerEssence Toner

NUTRIENT-FILLED, SERUM-LIKE TONER

Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is an ingenious, intensely hydrating formula designed to deliver nutrient-filled moisture to skin. Water is not present here as 91.3% of this toner is milk vecht root extract, full of skin-beneficial betaine and minerals. With the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-boosting properties of the root extract, this gel-type toner quickly absorbs to hydrate and strengthen skin. Always fragrance, dye and irritant free. Use our Pyunkang Yul Quick Guide to find your perfect products.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Oil - SueFacial Oil

REVIVING AND RESTORING CONCENTRATE

A lightweight facial oil that keeps skin looking youthful and radiant. Pyunkang Yul Oil provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of plant-based oils, including jojoba seed, sunflower, geranium and rosemary. Skin feels boosted with hydration and restoration, not heavy or greasy at all. This quick absorbing formula is paraben and mineral oil free, non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic and 100% natural.
Tip: Add a few drops to your daily dose of serum or moisturizer to boost antioxidants and extra hydration. Also amazing for dry hair or elbows.

Ohlolly Pyunkang Yul Nutrition Cream - SueNutrition Cream

NUTRIENT-RICH, INTENSIVE MOISTURIZER

Pyunkang Yul Nutrient Cream is a luxuriously thick and smooth moisturizer that glides on easily and melts into skin without feeling heavy or greasy. Formulated with safe and gentle skin-beneficial ingredients, this nutrient-rich cream delivers intense hydration that lasts all day. Perfect for those with parched, rough and dull looking skin, Nutrient Cream prevents signs of aging, improves elasticity and boosts skin with youthful radiance.

It’s an ongoing balancing act, but the results of truly healthy, balanced skin are worth the extra attention. Please use our Pyunkang Yul Quick Guide to find your perfect products. And if you ever have any questions, or just want to say hi, shoot us an email at hello@ohlolly.com.