K-beauty broke into the global skincare/makeup scene in 2011 with their famous BB cream (Blemish Balm). Serving as a foundation, moisturizer AND sunscreen! From that point on, K-beauty ingredients and products have gained global popularity thanks to innovative and “unconventional” natural ingredients. Let’s take a look at a few and see what all the buzz is about!
Propolis is essentially bee hive glue. This ingredient is highly enriched with flavonoids, phenolic acids and terpenoids. Traditionally, propolis was used in medicine due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties! Full of beneficial properties like:
- Antioxidant that decreases free radicals
- Promotes collagen synthesis
- Decreases redness
- Prevents photoaging
2. Snail Mucin
Snail mucin, may not have the most attractive name and probably less attractive is how it’s extracted from the mucus produced by snail mollusks. But snail secretion contains some heavy benefits that far outweigh the less desirables. Such as:
- Antimicrobial agent
- Increases skin regeneration
- Increases wound healing
3. Salmon Egg Extract
With rich fatty acids, proteins, vitamin and minerals, salmon eggs are great for promoting skin health! Salmon eggs is one of the star K-beauty ingredients thanks to their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Studies have shown that salmon egg extract helps improve photoaging, wrinkles, pigmentation, redness and dryness!
4. Bee Venom
Another buzzing K-beauty ingredient fit for this list. Bee venom may sound a bit menacing, but the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties are nothing to fear!
- Antioxidant and antimicrobial
- Fades hyperpigmentation
- Stimulates collagen production
- Anti-fibrogenic benefits for hair growth
5. Centella Asiatica
This popular K-beauty ingredient goes by many names: Centella asiatica, tiger grass, gotu kola or cica. This medicinal plant has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years! This ingredient holds compounds including asiaticoside, asiatic acid, medcassic acid, medecassoside and more. Benefits of centella asiatica include wound healing, especially with burns, psoriasis and scleroderma.
6. Licorice Extract
Not only delicious, but amazing for your skin! Licorice extract contains anti-melanogenic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties! Licorice extract is a key K-beauty ingredient when it comes to fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
7. Aloe Vera
For centuries, aloe vera has been used for so many things. Ranging from health to beauty to medicine. This versatile ingredient is chock full of beneficial properties such as:
- Antibacterial and antioxidant
- Wound healing
- Stimulates collagen
- Moisturizing and soothing
The Korean ginseng root was heavily used throughout history for medical purposes in China, Korea and Japan. In K-beauty, ginseng extract helps to diminish aging skin! This ingredient plays a part in reversing photodamage, anti-inflammatory and anti-melanogenic. An extra bonus is ginseng root extract can also be use to promote hair growth.
9. Snow Fungus / White Jelly Mushroom
Mushrooms are amazing when it comes to anti-aging, brightening and moisturizing properties! More widely used ones being snow fungus and white jelly mushrooms. According to one study, these types have shown better moisture retention capacity.
10. Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate or GFF is a yeast made up of a unique blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and beta glucans. In the K-beauty scene, GFF is used as a moisturizing agent with proven brightening, anti-aging, barrier enhancing and antioxidant properties.
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