11 Strange Yet Effective Korean Skin Care Products for Perfect Skin

asian beautician applying white facial mask with a brush on face of a young woman.

Anyone who’s ever sat through a Korean drama has wondered one thing…”What sort of miraculous Korean skin care products are they using to get such perfect skin?”

Oh, and “Who the hell comes up with these plot lines?”

We don’t have the answer for the latter question but we do know our Korean skin care. And trust us when we say the South Koreans do not mess around when it comes to plumping, tightening, brightening and perfecting their skin.

As such, they’ve blessed the world with some of the most creative and yes, weird, skin care ingredients. But hey, if it works…

Here’s a round up of the best Korean skin care products that will get your skin closer to a clear, pore-less, line-free porcelain visage!

Oil Cleanser

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Facial Cleansing Oil, Makeup Remover, Cleanses without Clogging Pores,...
  • Unique water-soluble formula rinses thoroughly
  • Nourishes and hydrates for younger looking skin
  • Rich in vitamins and antioxidants

What is it? The oil cleansers that started a revolution in the skin care industry, these oil-based cleansers work their magic to quickly dissolve all makeup – yes, even layers of waterproof mascara – while gently dislodging pore clogging culprits like dirt, excess oil and even hardened sebum. Oh, and did we mention they’re crazy gentle even on the most sensitive skin?

Why is it wonderful? For starters, you never have to go to bed with even the tiniest smidgen of makeup on your precious skin. Banila’s Clean It Zero is our personal favorite – this stuff gets rid of every trace of makeup and then washes clean off your skin. No makeup, no residue, no b*llshit. It’s also softly hydrating, great for unclogging pores and won’t do a number on already oily skin.

Enzyme Powder Wash

Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash 70g Pore Deep Cleansing Trouble Care
  • TOSOWOONG Enzyme Powder Wash 70g Pore Deep Cleansing Trouble Care

What is it? Gentle, pH balanced powder facial cleanser that produces soft bubbles when mixed with water and contains bio-enzymes that dissolve dead skin cells and excess oils for gentle yet deep cleansing.

Why is it so wonderful? Enzymes powder cleansers leave your face feeling softer, cleaner and thoroughly cleansed without any harshness or dryness. It’s the perfect face wash for sensitive skin folks and it’ll leave your skin looking brighter, more matte and ready to soak up whatever you next put on it, which should be…

Starfish Extract

What is it? Yes, it’s real starfish. Yes, we were also like…Nooo! Not starfish! But we put it on our face anyway and guess what? This stuff’s amazing.

Why is it so wonderful? It’s packed with collagen, calcium and vitamins but the best news here is that starfish have powers of regeneration that translate into brighter, plumper, more even, dewy skin.

Maple Sap

May Coop Raw Sauce 150 ml
  • All IN 1 SKIN ESSENCE : toner, lotion, and essence in one which offers intense...
  • Perfect for ALL SKIN TYPES
  • EFFECTS : intensively hydrates and nourishes the skin, and preps skin to boost...

What is it? Raw maple tree sap is the main ingredient in these insanely hydrating Korean skin care products. And no animals were harmed in the making of this one.

Why is it so wonderful? Filled with antioxidants, a little tree sap goes a long way. Because tree sap molecules are smaller than water molecules, they’re able to absorb more easily and penetrate deeper into the skin. The result? Intense hydration. This stuff is literally the most nourishing, moisturizing stuff ever created – without any sticky ickiness.

But there’s more – it also enhances the delivery of ingredients like nutrients, vitamins and minerals like amino peptides and calcium into the skin for lifting, tightening and rejuvenation.

Snail Cream

Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule for Face with 80% Snail Mucin Extract 30ml 1.01 fl oz
  • Protecting; soothing; moisturizing
  • 80% of Snail Secretion Extract to reinforce skin regeneration
  • Free of artificial coloring, fragrance and parabens

What is it? Snail extract. Yup, that’s the slimy stuff snails leave behind when they crawl across a surface. And yes, you do want to put it on your face. Here’s why…

Why is it so wonderful? Once you know what this stuff does, you’ll get over the ick factor and join the rest of us who’re raving about this stuff. Here’s the deal: snails produce this slime to heal cuts that their soft bodies are prone to. And it has a similar healing power on your skin. Snail slime is made of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin that boosts your skin by providing seriously deep hydration and all the benefits of cell regeneration: fading acne scars, smoothing out uneven complexions and even reducing hyperpigmentation.

Salmon Eggs

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What is it? Yes, you heard read that right. Salmon eggs are indeed the main ingredient in this wonderfully strange renewal pack. But that’s not all that’s in these babies (pun intended) – you also get a whole lot of other good stuff like plankton extract, hyaluronic acid, calendula, centella asiatica, and a lot more skin goodies.

Why is it so wonderful? It’s hands down the best moisturizer you’ll ever use. It’s very rich in vitamins and minerals to nourish and replenish your skin, helping to tighten, brighten and smooth out your overall complexion. If you’ve got dry skin – this one’s a must try.

Volcanic Ash

Mizon Pore Clearing Volcanic Mask 80ml
  • Excessive sebum control
  • Refine enlarged pores
  • Elimination of waste

What is it? A pore cleansing and refining wonder ingredient that hails from volcanoes of Jeju, an island off South Korea.

Why is it so wonderful? These pore packs are made from Jeju volcanic clay that pulls sebum and other pore clogging gunk out of your skin. Meanwhile, it cools your skin, contracts and minimizes pores, exfoliated, cuts down excess sebum production, and contains AHA to slough off dead skin cells for immediate brightening.

Carbonated Bubble Masks

Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask
  • Black Head Removal exfoliating pores pack
  • Made In South Korea
  • Detoxing

What is it? Another clay mask…with a twist: it bubbles while on your face.

Why is it so wonderful? Not only is having a crazy, fizzy bubbling mask on your face a lot of fun, but it goes deep into your pores to thoroughly clear out deep-seated gunk while simultaneously stimulating the surface of your skin to slough off dead skin cells and soak up excess skin, leaving your skin supple and hydrated and your pores looking and feeling cleaner and tighter.

Pig Collagen

Elizavecca Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack Pig Mask for Wrinkles Intense Hydration 100 g, 3.53 Ounce
  • Can Be Used As Sleeping Mask: Apply A Cherry Size Cream After Warm By The Palms, Do...
  • Also Can Be Used As A Emergency Mask Which Will Give Skin Moisture And Shining, Apply...
  • Jella Pack Is Very Smooth Texture With Sweety Scent For Moisturizing

What is it? Packs and masks made from a very special ingredient: collagen extracted from a pig’s skin. If you’re still with us, this stuff is nowhere near as gross as it sounds. Especially if you’re looking for hydration that your skin drinks up and leaves your skin looking plumper and tighter…

Why is it wonderful? Your skin soaks this stuff up. Whether you’re in your 20s or 50s, moisturizing is a big deal. And Koreans don’t mess around when it comes to proper moisture to keep skin looking young and taut. Even better? Your skin looks tighter, firmer, and plumper afterwards.

Overall, if you can stomach the consistency, go for it. Your skin will thank you.

Bee Venom

BENTON Snail Bee High content Steam Cream 50g (1.76 oz.) - Contains Snail Secretion Filtrate, Bee...
  • Soothing, Dry Skin, Skin Protecting, Snail, Firming Skin, Hydration
  • Contains Snail Secretion Filtrate which is famous for its skin recovering effects,...
  • Ingredients tightly and effectively mixed in high concentrations using high...

What is it? A combination of snail secretion and bee venom that’s surprisingly great for acne-prone skin as well as sensitive skin types. The snail stuff, as you already know, stimulates natural cell regeneration and is unbeatable for moisture. As for the bee venom, this stuff is great. Here’s why…

Why is it wonderful? Putting bee venom on your face sounds terrifying but it’s actually pretty amazing for your skin. The stuff is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral, which is good news if you’re suffering from frequent breakouts. But that’s not all – bee venom is also packing a potent combination of enzymes, peptides, and amino acids, all of which do a marvelous job nourishing your skin.

The best part? Bee venom tricks your skin into thinking it’s been stung, which increases collagen production and blood circulation to cause a welcome plumping and tightening effect on your skin…all without the pain of an actual bee sting.

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