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KOREAN TOP INGREDIENTS

Snail Mucin

Snail mucin is a Korean all-star beauty secret and is seen in most Korean beauty brands. Firstly, snail mucin is great for treating acne but also heals scars and have scar lightening, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, skin-regenerating, and anti-wrinkle benefits. Snail mucin is a combination of glycolic acid and proteins. This trusted slime is derived from the same stuff snails produce to heal cuts on their soft bodies from rocks and other rough surfaces.

Shop COSRX Snail Mucin Essence here and Shangpree Hydrogel Eye Mask here.

Egg-white

If you are looking for an all-natural solution for treating acne, fine lines and wrinkles, and dull, dry skin, then you might want to consider using an egg white mask. These masks, which you can have done professionally or make at home, are thought to be effective in treating a number of skin problems because of the proteins present in the egg whites, which can improve skin tone and elasticity. It might seem unusual that something as simple as eggs can be beneficial for the skin, but egg whites contain two vital skin care ingredients: collagen and protein, which can yield positive results for those who are fighting any type of skin inflammation or fine lines and wrinkles.

Honey

Honey's often thought of as a healthier sweetener, but you might be surprised to learn that this ingredient has tons of skin and hair benefits, too. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from flowers, honey helps moisturize, fight aging, and fight bacteria. Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Shop COSRX Honey Moisturizer here and Manefit Honey Sheet Mask here.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. Tea tree oil (TTO), the volatile essential oil derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years. It kills many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi and people have used tea tree oil to helps treat everything from acne to psoriasis.

Shop Klairs Tea Tree Cleansing Foam here.

Avocado

Avocado works wonders for most skin problems. It helps with everything from reducing marks and wrinkles, cure for Bright ’s disease and psoriasis, hydrates and lightens the skin tone, best sunscreen, Antioxidants for healthy skin, clears skin and prevents breakouts, nourishes skin and gives healthy fats and vitamins.

Collagen

Collagen has shown to be similar to the collagen we produce ourselves to maintain a youthful appearance. Collagen is something that’s found naturally in all of our skin. It’s what gives that bounce and firmness. As you age your skin loses the firmness of the collagen, which is why it’s such a popular injectable. While no cream on earth can give you the same kind of results injections can, collagen applied topically can help hold in moisture, which can give a temporary plumping effect and help relieve fine lines caused by dryness.

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Ginseng

Chinese medicine has used ginseng for centuries; practitioners believe the gnarled root of the plant promotes long life, strength and wisdom. There are two main types -- American and Asian or Korean ginseng. Modern medical studies have shown that is it also an important skin-care ingredient, as it reduces wrinkles and heals and calms the skin.

Shop Ginseng infused Shangpree Premium Modeling Mask here.

Sea Kelp

Long considered a healthy delicacy in Asia, algae—a.k.a. seaweed and kelp—is extremely nutrient- and mineral-dense, and rich in essential amino acids and vitamins A, B, C, and E. Beauty products formulated with the marine botanical extract are hydrating, softening and energizing, and ideal for dry skin. When fermented in facial sheet masks, sea kelp's skin-loving amino acids, antioxidants and proteins are broken down to smaller, more easily absorbed molecules to majorly hydrate, repair and soothe skin.

Shop Whamisa's sea kelp mask here.

Jeju Island

Not an ingredient itself, but the Jeju Island’s appeal to the beauty industry is the purity of the ingredients. The island is volcanic and one of the most botanically diverse, least polluted areas in the world.

Bee-venom

Bee venom is the poison that makes bee stings painful. The special ingredient claims to rejuvenate, reduce scars, heal acne and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. When apitoxin [bee venom] is added to a skincare product, the venom tricks your skin into thinking it’s been stung, causing an increase in the production of collagen and blood circulation that will reduce the signs of aging. However if you have a history of allergic reactions to bee stings, this ingredient may not be for you. And just to be clear, no bees are harmed in the extraction process.

Fermented Ingredients

Fermentation of vegetables and fruits is a custom that has been practiced for thousands of years. The process involves soaking the ingredients in salt water which allows good bacteria to grow. This means that the ingredients enhance their nutritional value. The natural bacteria feed on the starch to generate lactic acid; vitamin b, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids and enzymes are created!

When it comes to skincare, active ingredients are broken down so that their nutrients and minerals can be more rapidly absorbed into the skin. Fermented ingredients increases the level of antioxidants in each ingredient, which slows down the ageing process of the skin.

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