Forget Hollywood glamour, Korean beauty is taking the world by storm
31 July 2015
Have you had your K-beauty fix yet? Korean beauty products are the latest must-have in the cosmetics industry, with magazine editors, bloggers and skin care experts all vying to get their hands on them - so what’s all the fuss about?
Korean products are renowned for their weird and wonderful ingredients, from snail slime to pig collagen, and the unconventional mixtures promise benefits as yet untapped by Western markets.
So here’s a quick need-to-know guide to some of the experimental ingredients causing a stir in the beauty world.
- Bee venom
While a full bee sting is never going to feel good, in low concentrations the venom can have some skin rejuvenating properties. The poison causes a rush of blood to the affected area increasing circulation and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin that plump and fill fine lines and wrinkles.
- Snail slime
This might sound gross, but the sticky slime snails produce to keep themselves hydrated has been found to have anti-ageing and acne fighting properties. Snail goop is rich in proteins, hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidants, making it a multi-tasking wonder ingredient, good for reducing wrinkles, illuminating blemishes and hydrating the skin.
- Pig collagen
Again, this isn’t one for the faint hearted, but pig collagen is excellent for improving the elasticity and firmness of skin. The jelly-like substance is also known for improving the skin’s moisture barrier.
- Bird’s nest
The saliva birds use to hold together their nests makes it a popular ingredient in Chinese medicine and according to Korean beauty experts it is also a skin saviour. Packed full of proteins, bird’s nest helps to plump the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.
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