Korean beauty products have inundated drugstores and beauty blogs everywhere, and we’re not complaining. We’re big fans of what these products do and believe Korean beauty is not overhyped, but rather a game-changer when it comes to effective skincare routines. There are some remarkable ‘before and after’ stories documented online, and we can vouch for using these products and seeing results for ourselves.
We also love the often bizarre ingredients that make up these products, from face masks infused with horse oil to creams made from snail secretions. Korean beauty takes risks with these and other nontraditional ingredients that are actually secretly amazing. Want the skincare scoop? Check out these five K-beauty products we highly recommend.
Snails and skincare go together like mascara and eyelashes. Except in this case, snail secretion improves the skin while also making it look better. This all-in-one cream from MIZON is made with 92 percent secretion extract from snails. It works to soothe, calm and protect the skin while healing irritations like blemishes, acne scars, enlarged pores and irregular skin tone.
Snail secretion is full of nutrients like hyaluronic acid, which helps increase collagen production in the skin. Collagen keeps skin supple and youthful looking. It also includes glycoprotein enzymes, which help to boost the immune system and assist with cell production, and proteoglycans, which are natural fillers that plump the skin.
MIZON’s product is a lightweight, multi-functioning cream that boosts complexion, reduces wrinkles and improves the skin’s elasticity, which means you’ll get a more youthful look from using it regularly. It’s also fragrance and paraben-free, with no artificial colors, sulfates, formaldehyde, alcohol or dyes added in. This makes it great for sensitive skin that could benefit from the magical powers of snail slime.
German horse fat essence is the key ingredient behind the moisturizing power and intensive nutrition of this 24k gold face mask. There are seemingly a million sheet masks out there, but this one is like luxurious gold therapy for your face.
Do you have dark spots or freckles from sun damage? Not only does this mask improve the appearance of dark spots and freckles, but also diminishes scars and soothes skin allergies.
How does it work? Let’s break down the ingredients. German horse fat essence makes the skin soft through hydration, providing 72 hours of maintained moisture. Beta glucan protects and repairs skin damage. Witch hazel and portulaca oleracea extract both work as cool, cleansing astringents. Don’t even get us started on the benefits of 24k gold for skin.
Everyday stress and pollutants take a toll on skin over time, which is why treating your skin to a combination of soothing plus healing ingredients will work wonders. This cotton-based sheet mask is soaked in snail secretion filtrate, bee venom, and all-natural botanical-based ingredients.
These ingredients are excellent at moisturizing, lifting and tightening skin that’s rough and even damaged. Bee venom, in particular, stimulates the skin to reduce fine lines. As mentioned, snail secretion naturally plumps the skin and increases collagen production. Also in this mask, arbutin and adenosine work together to brighten skin tone and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
The Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack comes with 10 ultra-hydrating and soothing masks, so you’ll have plenty of chances to refresh your skin with this incredible combo of ingredients.
Korean beauty influencers are raving about this deep pore facial cleanser. It’s made with Canadian colloidal glacial clay (say that five times fast!) plus Kaolin, carbonated water and lotus, cacao, rice bran and centella extracts.
These ingredients work together to remove makeup, dead skin cells, impurities and blackheads, literally by sucking them up from out of your pores. Think of the clay as a magnet that extracts all of that gunk from deep within your skin. The carbonated water makes the cleanser bubble and puts the gentle exfoliation into full swing. The glacial soil absorbs and traps impurities, and you’re left with skin that’s soft, hydrated and glowy.
Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and other harmful ingredients, this pore cleanser is a win all-around.
This advanced hypoallergenic cleansing stick is simple and lovely. It’s great for all skin types, including sensitive skin that doesn’t react well to harsh cleansers with synthetic preservatives and unnatural ingredients. Look closely and you’ll see it’s made with bits of actual rose petals, as well as lemon extract and coconut oil. What you won’t see are artificial colors — yep, that pink hue is all-natural.
The rose petals add a gentle texture to the stick that mildly exfoliates skin to remove makeup and other daily impurities without irritating it. Fermented rose extract adds hydration, as does glycerin which also plumps the skin. You can use this delicate cleanser twice a day for dreamy skin that’s super clean and luxuriously soft.
So there you have it — our favorite K-beauty products of the moment. We hope they become staples in your skincare routines, too! You can shop 3 of these products right here on our Beauty page.
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