Whether your skin needs to be saved or enhanced, allantoin needs to be at the top of your leaderboard of skincare ingredients, here's why:
What Is Allantoin? How does it work?
Allantoin is widely used in many popular skincare products. Its versatility stems from being a chemical compound that is good for the skin. Allantoin can be both organic and lab-made, but both are safe, non-toxic, and beneficial for the skin.
Common natural sources of allantoin are from sugar beet, comfrey, tobacco seed, chamomile, and wheat sprouts. For centuries, comfrey leaves were used throughout Europe and Asia to heal skin injuries and swelling.
Although allantoin can be extracted naturally, the ingredient is most commonly found in a powder form synthesized in a lab. Lab-created allantoin is chemically equivalent to its naturally-occurring counterpart, and it has been shown to be non-toxic and safe for use in a variety of cosmetic applications.
Allantoin works to renew the skin itself. It does this by removing dead skin cells that prevent water retention in the skin. Being known for exchanging dead skin cells with new ones, allantoin is named after the allantois, a structure that is similarly involved in the exchange of nutrients and waste but for developing embryos.
What Are Allantoin Benefits For Skin?
As mentioned, the powers of allantoin are anything but limited. From moisturizing and hydrating to exfoliating and smoothing, and everything in between, this seemingly magical ingredient does close to everything you could wish for. Its many benefits include:
- Increases skin smoothness: By promoting natural exfoliation, allantoin removes the dead skin cells in the stratum corneum or surface layer of the skin. This helps keep the skin smooth and soft.
- Aids in healing: Allantoin is known to aid cell proliferation and longevity, encouraging new tissue growth. This helps settle injured skin and promote wound healing. It can also be used to treat rashes and irritation.
- Moisturizes and hydrates: Allantoin helps increase the water content of cells keeping the skin plump and youthful.
- Smoothes Skin: It acts as a calming agent, reducing redness and acting as an anti-inflammatory ingredient
- Improves skin dullness: As we age, the rate of natural exfoliation and cell production slows. Allantoin accelerates the cell proliferation and longevity for a healthy, radiant complexion.
- Protects skin: It helps combat UV sun damage and reduces inflammation
- Has anti-aging benefits: Collagen is the protein that provides strength, structure, and elasticity in the body. As we age, the production of collagen declines, Allantoin helps stimulate collagen, this is important because as we age, the production of collagen declines.
Is Allantoin Safe?
If you still don’t see the hype that comes with allantoin, you will after hearing how safe it is. Allantoin is FDA approved to be applied topically. The FDA set the active ingredient concentration of it at a minimum of 0.5 percent to a maximum of 2 percent to be allowed in products.
Most products use lab-made allantoin instead of organic, people are quick to assume that this isn't a good thing. According to the International Journal of Toxicology it is chemically the same as its counterpart, non-toxic, and safe to use in a large variety of skin care products.
Using Allantoin In Your Skincare Routine?
It is important to note that allantoin is a water-soluble ingredient. This means it is dissolvable in water and is easily absorbed into the body. For this to be as effective as possible you want to use a water-based skincare product containing allantoin. As allantoin is already a darling in the K-beauty world for its soothing benefits for sensitive skin, we knew we wanted it to be part of our product line.
Knowing key ingredients within your skin care products is crucial. Allantoin may be an underdog, but it certainly tops our chart for must-have ingredients. You can find allantoin in many creams and liquids, so incorporating this ingredient into your routine is incredibly easy and safe to use everyday.