12 Strange Korean beauty products that are surprisingly amazing
Korea is ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative, while admittedly strange, beauty and skincare products. If you've ever lusted over the beauty and flawless skin of your favorite K-drama leading ladies or are just starting to experiment with Asian skincare, here are 12 Korean beauty products that sound weird but are surprisingly amazing!
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Any beauty expert will tell you that the first key to having beautiful, flawless skin is cleansing your skin properly! Completely removing your makeup from the day is an important skincare step that will help keep your skin looking beautiful even without makeup. Botanic Farm’s Grain Ferment Sherbet may sound like something you would eat, but it is specially formulated to thoroughly remove face makeup without irritating the skin. It contains only premium natural ingredients that help to effectively melt down and remove makeup while providing balanced hydration to keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Salmon eggs may be something you usually enjoy with your sushi, but apparently they can also help with skin troubles such as acne, fine lines, dark spots or rough skin! Who knew? Besolbo's Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream/Sleeping Pack uses salmon eggs as its key component and works to regulate moisture and nutrition production to enhance your skin's color, texture, and overall condition. Besolbo say their product is great for hypersensitive skin, aging/sagging skin, and dull skin as it has nourishing properties that can help eliminate skin imperfections.
Let's talk about snails! While snails may be one of the last things you want to put near your face, snail mucin (aka snail slime) is scientifically and dermatologically proven to be highly effective and beneficial when it comes to skin cell regeneration and repair. COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains 96% of snail secretion filtrate blended with other nourishing herbal extracts. The snail mucin can help repair skin from acne, sun damage and scars by promoting skin cell regeneration and giving the skin proper moisture and nourishment needed for its full recovery.
If snail slime isn't strange enough for you, Benton’s Snail Bee High Content Essence combines snail mucin with bee venom to bring abundant hydration and nourishment to your skin. It is specially formulated to help the skin recover from damage while also promoting the development of healthier skin cells. You can expect softer, smoother skin texture and a brighter complexion. Bonus: Benton's Snail Bee High Content Essence also contains antibacterial herbal extracts that prevent the skin from getting damaged or irritated.
Coconut sounds like a lovely skincare ingredient, but tomato? Don't worry! This coconut tomato sheet mask smells only like coconut but contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes that gives the skin elasticity and resilience by keeping harmful environmental factors out and locking moisture in, thereby counteracting the effects of aging. Lycopene also reduces redness, minimizes pores, and revives the skin’s natural healthy glow. Leave the mask on for 20-40 minutes, or the duration of an episode of your current favorite K-drama, for maximum absorption.
I'm not sure who in Korea decided they would put donkey milk on their face, but it is very beneficial for the skin because it is rich in vitamins and minerals. Instead of going out and milking a donkey on your own, try Imselene's Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask Pack. Other nourishing ingredients include taro alkali extract, whey protein, amino acids, and EGF. This sleeping mask pack has whitening and firming properties, which promotes softer and brighter skin. It also helps in keeping the skin properly hydrated to prevent roughness and damage from occurring.
Oink oink! Rich in nutritious elements, this pig collagen gel mask is made with 10,000 ppm collagen from pig skin. Why pig collagen you ask? Pig collagen, much like human collagen, helps to keep your skin hydrated skin and enhance it's elasticity. This mask can help diminish fine lines, increase your skin’s luminosity, and promote supple, baby soft skin. Leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes and catch up on the latest episode of Twenty Again!
Now, I love cheese. But putting cheese on my face? I'm not so sure... Still, the beauty masterminds at Emprani have two cheese-based skincare products that adventurous skincare lovers should definitely try! The first one is the Dear By Bounce Cheese Cream, which has a unique formula blend of cream cheese fortified with proteins that promotes skin firmness and elasticity while also tightening the pores to make the skin looking smooth, soft, and trouble free. If you are having problems with dry and dull skin tone, give the Dear By Melted Cheese Cream a try. The cream contains 10% of whey cheese extract, which is rich in proteins and vitamins A, B, and E to keep the skin radiant while also protecting it from the harsh elements found in the environment. This cream also effectively evens out skin tone, moisturizes it, and keeps it firm with its rich formula blend of adenosine and rice extract. This suits all skin types as it is formulated to be gentle to the skin.
Your face isn't the only part of your body that needs attention! You never know when a cute Korean man will offer to rub your feet and you want them to be extra soft and smooth just in case! Mediheal’s Paraffin Foot Mask contains shea butter, collagen, and urea, which are highly effective at exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. This foot mask gets rid of cracked heels and rough patches and softens and removes dead skin cells, speeding up the cell regeneration process to develop smoother and softer feet.
You may think of coffee as simply something you drink, but did you know that coffee is known for its exceptional anti-oxidizing properties to promote better and healthier skin? Skinfood’s Coffee Body Scrub contains high-quality coffee beans perfectly granulated to be gentle on the skin. This coffee scrub also has a unique blend of brown sugar, salt, and natural sweet honey to fully nourish the skin while gently exfoliating dead skin cells.
Our favorite K-drama leading ladies always seem to have perfectly soft and smooth lips. Harsh lip scrubs can be damaging to your lips, so if you don't mind looking silly for 10-15 minutes, give the Etude House Cherry Lip Gel Patch a try to get the same supple lips as your favorite K-drama stars! This lip gel patch offers superior care for your lips by eliminating dead skin cells and regenerating new, healthy cells for for firmer, softer lips. Formulated with cherry extract, this lip patch is rich in nutrients that repair chapped lips while leaving an extra layer of moisture film to protect the skin from further damage.
After you repair and protect your lips with the gel patch above, you need the perfect K-drama lip tint! Don't be afraid of the bright green and blue colors of these Peripera tint jellies — these lip products will change color on your lips and give you that perfect, long-lasting K-drama lip color. Formulated with argan oil and grapeseed oil, your lips will be coated in a hydrating lacquer with a jelly-like finish.
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Which of these beauty products sounds the strangest to you? Which ones are you dying to try?
KD Bonbon loves dogs and enjoys listening to K-pop and watching Korean dramas in her spare time. Whenever she’s not working her 9-5 corporate job, she’s writing for DramaFever News. Follow KD Bonbon on Twitter and read her latest article here!