Heartleaf Extract Skincare: The Main Protagonist in Korean Skincare products 

Co-Author: Rabia Faisal.

Heartleaf Extract Skincare
Heartleaf Extract Skincare

Heartleaf extract, derived from the Houttuynia Cordata plant, and famous for their Heartleaf shape. It is a potent natural ingredient and are popular in skincare due to its unlimited properties. From calming effect to combat redness it is particularly beneficial for people with sensitive skin. Lets explore together why Heartleaf extract for skin is a versatile addition in your skincare routine. 

Description of Heartleaf:

  • Scientific name: Houttuynia Cordata.
  • Origin: Southeast Asia and some parts of China. ( grow in moist and shady places).
  • Other names are fish mint, fish leaf, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, and Chinese lizard tail.
  • Uses: In skin care products, and traditional medicinal purposes.
  • Promising constituents of Heartleaf: There are numerous constituents but some play a major role in Skin benefits like: flavonoids, alkaloids, essential oil, polyphenols, some polysaccharides as well.

  Benefits of Heartleaf Extract In Skincare:

Heartleaf has a bunch of benefits and is the key component of skincare products. Let’s unlock the secret to radiant skin with heartleaf extract and understand why it is considered a powerhouse for soothing, protecting and revitalizing your complexion.

  • Anti-inflammatory Effect of Heart Leaf:

Flavonoids play a major role in skin growth and treatment; in other words, it is called “jack of all trades ‘. Some flavonoids inhibit the inflammation, causing enzymes, and are used to treat mild to moderate acne. It also acts as a sunscreen by absorbing UVR and breaking the interaction between UVR and keratinocytes; this saves cellular components from UV and photodamage. As the inflammation reduces, lots of skin problems, like acne, pimples, hyperpigmentation, skin lesions, redness, blackheads, etc., are reduced automatically, and the skin is kept nourished. 

  • Antioxidants:

Heartleaf is an orchid of antioxidants like flavonoids, and polyphenol. They target the free radicals and fail the absorption of them into the epidermis. They act as antioxidants and reduce the oxidative stress due to which the skin becomes healthy, looks fresh and glows.

  • Antibacterial:

Some polysaccharides and, again, flavonoids prevent the pathogen invasion into the cell. They act as antibacterial and antimicrobial agents. They make the skin’s inner layer unfavorable for the growth of microbes, which causes the skin to become free of acne, glow, and remain healthy.

  • Anti-ageing:

Some polyphenol-rich extracts and essential oils of Heartleaf act as skin barrier protectors. Polyphenol enhances the production of keratin by protecting the keratinocytes from all harmful factors make skin wrinkle free and looking young.

  • Essential oil: 

Essential oil in heartleaf extract act as an oil controlling machine . It has been found that oil reduces the size of sebaceous glands and thus controls the amount of sebum which causes acne and lessons. 

It balances the skin oil so that the skin does not become dry or too oily. Also penetrates deeper tissues and preserves the essential moisture of the skin. 

This property makes skin wrinkle-free, reduces fine lines, and keeps skin hydrated.

Choosing the Right Heartleaf Extract Product for Your Daily Skincare Routine:

Before choosing any skin care product, it’s essential to know what your skin type is. There are commonly five types of skins : 

Normal skin: doesn’t show any hyper reaction after using any product.

Sensitive skin: whenever you use something new, it feels a sensation or prickling feeling.

Oily skin: shows oil and greasiness all over the face, especially when you wake up in the morning or after using heavy moisturizer.

Dry skin mostly: It feels crackly, scaly, and rough, mostly after washing. 

Combination skin: There is oil on the T zone of the face, and the rest of the face is dry.

How do You Choose Skin Care Products According to Your Skin Type? 

Two things you should always keep in mind before buying any skin care product: ingredients and texture.

  • If we talk about toner then always note the texture ,if you have oily skin then you should take watery or thin texture ,While for dry skin toner should be viscous and translucent and a bit greasy in nature.
  • Serum or ampoule which one you have to choose, while in that case both have the same properties but ampoule is more concentrated with active ingredients and for specific concern and should be use twice or thrice a week .so if you are busy person and need specific treatment you can definitely choose ampoule instead of serum.
  • Manyo Vegan 98% Cica Serum both are light weighted hydrating gel texture ,no moisture,  no richness purely hydrated best for oily skin.
  • Anua heartleaf 77% soothing toner is for all skin types but specially best for sensitive to dry skin. You can also check the genuine reviews of Anua Heartleaf soothing toner.
  • Anua Heartleaf 80% Soothing Ampoule, infused with the highest concentration of heartleaf extract. It maintains the skin PH, calms, and hydrates your skin. It is best for combination and sensitive skin. 

Step by step -Integrating Heartleaf Extract In Skincare:

According to the dermatologist, keep your skincare routine simple.

Step 1: You should start with a good cleanser.  If you have makeup on your face then double cleanse your face with Abib pore cleansing oil or Manyo pore cleansing oil. Then, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. You can also try:

Anua Heartleaf Pore Control Cleansing Oil Review

Step 3: Once you apply toner, it’s time to incorporate serum /essence /ampoule in your skin. Some of the recommended serums/ampoules are:

  • Vegan 98 Cica Serum
  • Abib Heart Leaf Essence Serum.
  • Anua Heartleaf 80% Soothing Ampoules.

Step 4: 

After completing the above steps, you need to apply a good moisturizer. If your skin is too oily then you can skip moisturizer at day time but don’t forget to apply it at night. 

  • Abib Heart Leaf Creme Calming Tube.
  • Anua Heartleaf 70% Intense Calming Cream. 

Step 5

In the daytime sun screen or uv protection is very important. For this you can use Anua heartleaf silky moisture sunscreen which is good for oily sensitive and dehydrated skin .

For Abib and Anua Products you can visit their stores:


1. Is Heartleaf good for all skin types?

Heartleaf is a magical ingredient for your skin because of its sebum regulatory property but it is ideal for sensitive and dry skin. It also acts as a humectant and is anti-inflammatory.

2. Is Heartleaf good for hyperpigmentation?

Those types of hyperpigmentation or dark patches that are caused by external factors such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, UVR, cosmetic procedures such as laser treatment, acne spots, etc., can be treated by Heartleaf.

3. Can I use heartleaf-containing products on a daily basis?

Although it is safe to use in moderate amounts, you must check that you are not allergic to any ingredients. The climate also affects your skin texture.  Always remember that excessive use of anything can lead to harmful consequences.


From the above content, we come to know that Heartleaf extract is a plant derived and used for multiple purposes. Not only for internal health but for skin care as well. It is rich in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and acts as a humectant for the skin, a scavenger for all toxic elements, a protector of skin barriers, a sebum regulator, and calming and soothing effects for acne-prone skin. Synergistic effect in the nourishment of  epidermal keratinocytes. However, some side effects are unclear. So use it in a balanced amount. 








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