K skincare is all the rage, partly because how magical and strange sounding the ingredients are. Of course, the fact that these products are super effective considering how flawless Korean women look, only adds to their charm. If you thought skin care meant face wash, sunscreen and moisturizer (if you have time), think again. The ten-step Korean skin care regime includes multiple cleansers, moisturizers, essences (or serums), and sheet masks. With ingredients ranging from egg yolk and maple tree sap to snail slime and volcanic clay, check out 12 of the wackiest—but super effective—ingredients we’ve uncovered.
MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
Talk about three exotic ingredients in one fab product—Snail Slime, Baobab Tree extract and Deep Sea Water—this multi-functional cream repairs wrinkles and evens out skin tone. benefits. The star ingredient, snail mucin, is packed with proteins, acids, and elastin, just what you need for great skin.
If Snail Slime wasn’t enough, here’s a wonder product that packs in Red Ginseng as well. This cream moisturizes and softens aging skin, lightens dull and uneven skin tone and destroys surface pigmentation causing melanin. Use after cleansing and toning your face.
Tonymoly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm
It’s an egg. It is. Just not the edible variety. Based on the packaging, it’s no surprise that this is an eggy blend: Egg Shell powder, Yolk extract and Vitamin E. Just what you need to remove blackheads, dirt, and excess oil, perfect for a summertime clean up. The transparent balm turns white when combined with sebum to lather away excessive oil, keratin, whiteheads, blackheads and dirt.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask
Relatively tamer than most, this Bamboo extract mask is just what parched, dehydrated skin needs. Apply on a cleansed face and leave on for 20 minutes to enjoy maximum benefits. Your skin will feel plumper, fresher and more hydrated than ever.
BENTON Snail Bee High Content Essence
Snail Slime meets Bee Venom. How bizarre —and exotic—can it get? But studies show that these two powerful heal and fade acne scars, brighten skin tone, and maintain hydration throughout the day. Snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration while bee venom has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Best recommended for sensitive and troubled skin.
Dr.Jart+ Pore Minimalist Mask Black Charcoal Sheet Mask (5 Sheets)
Charcoal is the newest wonder kid on the beauty block and this black sheet mask contains activated Korean Charcoal, Spearmint extract, and Arginine for detoxification and pore-tightening benefits. Great if blemishes, open pores, and oily skin are ruining your looks.
Besolbo Royal Salmon Egg Return Cream
Whitening and anti-aging benefits all rolled into one. This caviar for your face contains salmon eggs that are touted to reduce wrinkles and brighten up your complexion. And if you’re worried about the fishy smell, it’s actually lightly scented and glides on like a dream.
Etude House Cherry Lip Gel Patch
Packs for the eyes and face, then why not one for the lips? It may look a bit silly when on, but the results are definitely worth it. The pack is touted to exfoliate dead skin cells and leave behind a smooth, soft, kissable pout. Mwah!
May Coop Raw Maple Tree Sap Skin Care Raw Sauce
Maple syrup with pancakes? Now try some on your face. This gentle toner, emulsion and essence in-one intensively hydrates and nourishes the skin. Made from 93% Maple Tree sap, and Asian herbal and fruit extracts, this essence helps effective ingredients to penetrate skin.
Imselene Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask Pack
An effective, overnight hydrating mask. Formulated with natural Donkey Milk, this mask repairs skin tissue, improve elasticity and shrinks pores. Apply at night to face as the final skincare step. Rinse off the next morning
Skinfood Mushroom Multi-Care BB Cream
You love mushroom soup and risotto? Now try some on your face thanks to this triple action Aloe and Mushroom infused BB cream that provides UV protection and deep moisture the skin. Active ingredients Arbutin and Adenosine improve skin tone, block tanning and keep you looking young.
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner
Oil and shine be gone! This daily pore treatment toner is made with volcanic scoria sourced from the island of Jeju, and washes away pore clogging oil and impurities to give you soft, healthy skin.
Which wacky ingredient did you take a fancy for?