Meet Funky Ingredients From K-Beauty. Or Should I Say the New France of Skincare? 0 293

Korean beauty products are gaining a lot of attention worldwide.  Koreans are well known for their obsessive approach to skincare, and the glowing, uber-moisturized, baby-like skin is a hallmark of K-Beauty.  It is even said that Korea’s skincare is a decade ahead of USA’s.  There are awesome foot masks and bb cushions, but what shock people more are the bizarre ingredients that make up some of the most effective skincare products in the Korean market.

I don’t want to be selfish and keep all the excitement for myself.  So here we go – check out the Top 5 of surprisingly amazing ingredients in the Korean beauty world!

Donkey Milk

Egyptian queen Cleopatra was said to have bathed daily in donkey milk to care for her skin.  Now, Koreans are aiming to get the same beautiful result with this unique ingredient.  Donkey milk contains 60 times more vitamin C than cow milk, which makes it nutrient-rich for the skin.  It’s also a nice source of vitamin E and fatty acids, making it an excellent moisturizer.


From fermented yeast to soy beans to even rice, these ingredients can work wonders for your skin.  Fermentation encourages the easy absorption of skincare ingredients into the skin.  It can also boost skin elasticity and brighten the skin tone with long-term use.  In short, get on my face, please.

Snail Slime

Snails may be one of the last things you want to put on your face.  However, snail slime ( or snail mucin ) is scientifically proven to be highly effective when it comes to skin repair.  That little mollusk’s gooey slime has healing properties which repair skin damage, give moisture and calm acne.  As a bonus, it’s also anti-inflammatory, thus it soothes redness too.

Horse Oil

Horse oil isn’t born from a plant, fruit or nut.  Instead, it comes from the fat of a horse.  For centuries in Asia, horse oil products have been used for treating cuts, burns, scars and even muscle pain.  This ingredient has awesome healing and moisturizing benefits for the skin (without feeling greasy!).

Bee Venom

Forget fermentation, snail slime, horse oil or donkey milk.  The final quirky ingredient on the list is bee venom.  While it may sound creepy to put a deadly poison on your face, bee venom is now widely used in eye creams, lip plumpers and skin-firming moisturizers.  It has been compared to a natural botox because it can stimulate the production of collagen, which can smooth, lift and tighten skin.

What’s the strangest beauty ingredient you have ever seen?

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