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Care for some horse oil, snail mucus, or bee venom? Well, perhaps they aren’t on your daily beauty regimen, but fans of Korean skincare beauty products swear by certain odd ingredients not typically used in other countries. Here are some plus their beauty benefits.
A. Korean women love sheet masks. B. Pearl powder brightens one’s skin, keeping it supple and looking younger. Put the two together and get yourself a pearl mask sheet.
Yes, you read correctly. There’s nothing like some 24K magic to revive and nourish a dull and tired skin. Facials with flecks of gold don’t cost as much as you think and if you’re serious about the gold ingredient thing, splurge on a cream that combines both gold bits and Russian caviar (yes, this does exist).
3. Volcanic Scoria
Using facial foams, clay masks, nose pore strips, or scrubs containing tiny fragments of lava (volcanic scoria), leaves the skin smoother, clearer, and brighter by giving it a deep clean that draws out sebum and other impurities and making it absorb minerals better.
4. Snail Slime
One of the most hyped ingredients used in Korean beauty products is … brace yourself…. snail slime. Cringe-worthy, but snail mucus actually has proven itself to have excellent anti-wrinkle properties. It also tightens the pores, improves skin elasticity, and provides optimal hydration.
5. Horse Oil
For 72 hours of skin hydration invest in the rich extracts derived from animal fat. The linolenic oils from horse fat, in particular, also help with dark spots. Some swear it whitens armpits and reduces chicken skin.
6. Bee Venom
Still on animal excrements, while bees produce honey, they also produce bee venom. As with a bee sting (minus the pain), applying the toxin forces blood to rush to your face stimulating your skin to naturally produce collagen and elastin for a smoother complexion.
7. Pig Collagen
Extracted from pig skin, porcine collagen supposedly helps plump the skin, smooth out wrinkles, and reduce the size of pores.
8. Salmon Oil
Omega-3 is known for its health benefits, but who would have thought to use it to lighten the dark circles around the eyes? Thank heavens, creams containing this ingredient aren’t malansa.
Tomato is an unbeatable natural homemade beauty treatment and one of Korean’s best kept skincare secrets. As a super intensive source of nutrients with a high content of antioxidants, tomatoes shrink large pores, reduce acne, soothe sunburn, brighten dull skin, and more.
10. Dragon’s Blood Extract, Starfish Extract, and Donkey Milk
These bizarre, yet powerful, vitamin-rich ingredients moisturize the skin and improve the complexion. Some hard-to-come-by products include Mizon’s Returning Starfish cream, the Fresh Gore sleeping pack, and SAEM’s Donkey Milk moist drop cream!
As weird and perhaps wonderful as all these Korean beauty secrets may seem, your skin may not react well to all of them. Best to consult a dermatologist before adding them to your daily skincare regimen — especially if you have allergies or sensitive skin.
In another Sensica breakthrough, you can now get real-time feedback about your treatment. Yes, real-time! That means you get feedback as you do the treatment, even when you’re doing it on your own at home, you’re not alone. We’re right there with you, guiding your hand, making sure you’re doing it right and ensuring you get the very best results.
Our world-first app will leave you in no doubt as to whether a treatment is working, right in the moment, without having to wait. You’ll find out how to perfect your technique, how long to carry on and even what settings to use, so you can optimize results with every movement during every treatment.
Still not feeling 100% confident? That’s absolutely fine!
Just contact one of our aestheticians for personal advice and guidance.