The History of Whoo – Jinyulhyang line
The History of Whoo’s Jinyulhyang (진율향) is an anti-aging skincare line based on a 5000 year old royal remedy. The line helps restore skin’s beauty by acting as a Boyak (보약, 補藥) and replenishing skin of its vital essence.
In Traditional Korean Medicine, Boyak is a type of restorative herbal medicine used to strengthen the body’s immune system and replenish energy (as opposed to treating an illness) in a weakened constitution1.
Disclaimer: I personally translated the majority of facts and contents in this article from original Korean sources, so I kindly ask you to credit my work if you’re planning to use any of the information included in this guide.
Many concepts mentioned in this guide are based on Oriental Medicine principles, for a better understanding please refer to the introduction to Traditional Korean Medicine on this website. It’s important to stress out that there is no correspondence between Oriental Medicine organs and Western anatomy so capitalised names in this article shouldn’t be interpreted in the Western medical sense.
⬥ Recommended for
- Individuals over 40
- Extremely dry skin
- Deep wrinkles
- Menopausal symptoms
- Poor blood circulation
All products in the Jinyulhyang line are enriched with ingredients that act as female hormones and are inspired by traditional remedies used by royal court women.
In particular, they contain 3 royal remedies related to women’s reproductive health called: Honghwagidan (홍화기단, 紅華肌丹), Junggiboyuldan (정기보율단, 精氣補率丹), and Gamisoyodan (가미소요단, 加味逍遙散) and Wild Red Ginseng (홍산삼).
⬥ Honghwagidan (홍화기단, 紅華肌丹)
Traditional formula composed of 5 red-coloured herbal ingredients:
Red Ginseng + Kombucha + Jujube + Trifolium Pratense L. (Red Clover) + Lithospermum Erythrorhizon (Red Gromwell).
Honghwagidan works to replenish skin nutrients, restore skin luster and reduce dryness. The formula helps makes skin more lively and dense.
⬥ Junggiboyuldan (정기보율단, 精氣補率丹)
Royal remedy composed of:
Pomegranate + Actaea Heracleifolia + Dioscorea Japonica (East Asian Mountain Yam).
The ingredients in Junggiboyuldan are said to act like female hormones. The formula has skin purifying properties and it helps replenish skin nutrients to restore its radiance.
⬥ Gamisoyodan (가미소요단, 加味逍遙散)
Herbal complex based on Gamisoyosan (가미소요산, 加味逍遙散), a traditional remedy commonly used to treat women’s reproductive health conditions. The formula is composed of:
Paeonia Suffruticosa + Gardenia Jasminoides + Angelica Gigas + Scutellaria Baicalensis + Paeonia Lactiflora + Peach Seeds + Atractylodes Lancea + Platycodon Grandiflorus.
Gamisoyodan promotes a smooth flow of Qi (energy), helping to even skin texture and maintain skin’s health.
⬥ Wild Red Ginseng (홍산삼)
Panax Ginseng is one of the most expensive Hanbang herbs. Ginseng is also known as “Shincho” (신초, 神草), meaning “God’s Herb”, and in Oriental Medicine it’s commonly used to replenish Qi (“tonify Qi”) across the Five Organs (오장, 五臟).
Wild Ginseng (Panax Ginseng Meyer cv. Silvatica) and Cultivated Ginseng present significant differences, both in terms of market price, morphology and of general properties. In fact, Wild Ginseng was shown to contain at least 10 times the amount of active compounds of Cultivated Ginseng2. This enhanced effectiveness, along with its natural scarcity and difficult availability, make Wild Ginseng one of the most precious herbal remedies in Oriental Medicine.
Due to the scarcity of the plant, many Wild Ginseng plants currently on the market are obtained through human intervention. This type of Wild Ginseng is called “Wild-Simulated Ginseng” and results from humans planting ginseng seeds in an environment where Wild Ginseng usually grows, allowing the plant to develop as naturally as possible.
Wild-Simulated Ginseng is known to contain more active ingredients than Cultivated Ginseng but not as much as real Wild Ginseng, and for this reason the market price of Wild-Simulated Ginseng is slightly more accessible3.
Wild Red Ginseng refers to a precious variety of Wild Ginseng: plants that grow without any human intervention for at least 6 years and steamed to boost its active components.
Wild Red Ginseng has been traditionally used to relieve symptoms of aging in women because its active components exhibit a potent estrogenic activity that resembles the ones of female hormones.
To enhance the active components of Wild Red Ginseng, the plant was processed using a traditional technique called Gujunggupo (구증구포, 九蒸九曝), in which the Wild Ginseng plant is repeatedly dried and steamed for 9 times.
In this way, the Wild Red Ginseng effectively helps to restore skin’s beauty and replenishing skin of its vital essence.
Jinyulhyang Essential Cleansing Foam
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Essential Revitalizing Balancer
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Essential Revitalizing Emulsion
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Essence
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Cream
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Eye Cream
Jinyulhyang Contouring Massage Mask
Jinyulhyang Red Wild Ginseng Facial Oil
Jinyulhyang Intensive Wrinkle Concentrate
Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Multi Stick
⬥ Recommended order of use
- Jinyulhyang Essential Cleansing Foam
- Jinyulhyang Jinyul Essential Revitalizing Balancer
- Jinyulhyang Red Wild Ginseng Facial Oil
- Jinyulhyang Contouring Massage Mask
- Jinyulhyang Jinyul Essential Revitalizing Emulsion
- Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Eye Cream
- Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Essence
- Jinyulhyang Intensive Wrinkle Concentrate
- Jinyulhyang Jinyul Intensive Revitalizing Cream
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Sources: LG Household & Health Care (unless otherwise stated)
Translation: © 2022 Odile Monod
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