8 Weird Animal Beauty Ingredients
in Korean Cosmetics
By Patti Sunio
Before you squirm at the thought of putting animal gunk on your skin, read all about its amazing benefits first. Surely, our trusted Korean skincare experts wouldn’t be using it if it weren’t all worth the hype, right?
1. Bee Venom
Also called “nature’s answer to Botox”, bee venom is widely used in cosmetics for its anti-inflammatory, collagen-boosting properties. It helps fight pimples, zits, and acne, and can speed up regeneration of damaged skin and boost cell development, too.
2. Snail Mucin
In Ancient Greece, snails were crushed to be used as cures for inflammation. Farmers in Chile also noticed that their skin became smoother after handling snails. This is because snail slime is said to contain up to 91 to 98% of water, helping hydrate, smoothen, and protect the skin. Just think: whatever the slime can do to protect the snail’s body—it can do for your skin, too.
3. Goat Milk
The answer to dry and sensitive skin, goat milk is able to remove dead skin cells or any irritant—all without drying the skin. Goat milk is high in Vitamin A, which is essential in maintaining healthy skin and repairing damaged tissue. It is also used to treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
4. Horse Oil
Horse oil has been used for centuries to treat mild skin concerns. It is derived from horse fat, which is considered a waste product in the harvesting horse meat. The most important component of horse oil is linolenic acid, which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that can repair and protect the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture.