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Five Must Try Korean Skincare Ingredients

Five Must Try Korean Skincare Ingredients

Korean skincare boasts of some unique ingredients that have shown to be efficient in improving skin health. From ginseng to snail mucin and more, here are five Korean skincare ingredients you can benefit from, according to skincare blogger Shelley Nayak.

Five Must-Try Korean Skincare Ingredients

1. Snail Mucin Filtrate

The wackiest and most worthy ingredient that actually drove the people to the Korean skincare trend. Also, I can assure that while retrieving the Snail Mucin no snails are harmed. In fact, in one of the Cosrx Master class in India, I learned that the brand Cosrx feed their snail good quality ginseng and shelter them in the best environment, as happy snails generates the best quality of snail mucin. The snails are freely left on a perforated platform, where they crawl freely leaving behind the snail mucin. This is then collected and processed, thereby named as “filtrate”.

I call snail mucin a complete food for skin (but not in an edible form!). Because not only does it provide nutrition to the skin, make it soft, brighten it, boosts skin collagen and calms the skin, it also slowly and definitely helps in fading acne scars and even tones the skin!

Some of my favorite Snail Products, for all skin types, are:

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence pump bottle. Snail mucin is one of the best korean skincare ingredients

Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All in one Cream jar


2. Centella Asiatica

This is an ancient skincare ingredient, which has not only been used in East Asian countries as a remedy for multiple skin and health concern but has also been a part of our Indian Ayurveda. Centella Asiatica is also known as Tiger Herb, Asiatic Pennywort, Gotu Kola, Brahmi or Indian Pennywort.

If you see a product labeled as “Cica”, “Centella” and “Tiger Grass”, the product definitely contains Centella Asiatica as its main ingredient and/or its bioactive derivatives “Asiaticoside”, “Madecassic acid”, “Asiatic acid” and “madecassoside”.

Centella is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive and acne prone skin type. It helps in healing acne, fading acne scars, boosting collagen, reducing skin redness and strengthening the skin barrier. It pretty much provides similar skin benefits as snail mucin filtrate but is more oriented towards skin/wound healing properties. Also, if you are not comfortable with the snail mucin filtrate, Centella is your abode!

Nowadays there are N numbers of Centella enriched products, you can just pick any, but my top 3 would be:

cosrx centella aqua soothing ampoule.. centella is one of the best korean skincare ingredients


3. Mugwort

This is another sensitive and acne prone skin friendly ingredient that has taken over the skincare community by storm. Since the past year, I am seeing many brands launching “mugwort” aka “Artemisia” line, like not a single product but an entire range!

Mugwort has excellent skin calming and detoxification properties. So, if you happen to have skin inflammation because of acne, Rosacea, rashes, general irritation, etc., this ingredient is for you. Mugwort also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial property just like tea tree oil, so if your skin reacts to the tea tree extract or oil, this can be an amazing alternative.

The brand “I’m From” has a dedicated line of Mugwort Products:

bottle of i'm from mugwort essence. mugwort is one of the best korean skincare ingredients

jar of i'm from mugwort cream

Jar of i'm from mugwort mask

4. Propolis

If you are someone who hates facial oil, but still needs a safe product for that extra skin nourishment, propolis based products are your destination. Bees produce propolis by mixing their saliva and nectar collected from flowers. They use this resin to fill the gaps in their beehives. This propolis gives strength to the beehives; protect it from bacteria and fungus attack, and also from the harsh weather condition.

When it comes to human skin benefit, propolis aids the nourishment, moisture, honey glow,  calms the inflamed skin, helps in building the skin barrier and is absolutely safe for sensitive and acne prone skin. I have very dry skin and if I use oil a face oils, I start getting pimples; so during the dry weather condition, propolis serums are my skin saviour.

Presently the 2 best propolis products that are must try for that extra nourishment and glow are:

benton aloe propolis soothing gel tube

cosrx propolis toner bottle, propolis is one of the best korean skincare ingredients

5. Ginseng

Ginseng is extensively used in Korean food as well as skincare. Ginseng, when applied on the skin, helps reduce free radical damage since it is rich in antioxidants. It also adds the glow to the skin as it improves the blood circulation on skin, helps firm the skin and provide the nutrition.

So, if you are dealing with dull dry skin or have saggy skin or want to safely start your anti-aging routine, go get the ginseng enriched product. In case, you are allergic to bees or on a Vegan Life, consider ginseng as an amazing alternative to propolis, but this might make a hole in your wallet, as usually, ginseng rich skincare products are very costly.

Before you decide to jump on a ginseng  bandwagon, I highly recommend the Ginseng line from the brand “I’m From”:

dropper bottle of the i'm from ginseng serum

Jar of the i'm from ginseng mask

Do you have any favorite Korean skincare ingredients? Share what it is in the comments.

Want to read about more Korean skincare ingredients? Go here.

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Shelley Nayak


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