When it comes to skincare, there is hardly a people more adventurous than the Koreans. In their search for miracle ingredients that keep their skin flawless and bright well into old age, the Koreans leave absolutely no stone unturned. The only caveat is that these ingredients should preferably be of a natural origin, which, as we all know, guarantees both their safety and effectiveness. From horse fat to jellyfish extract, below are some of the most bizarre ingredients that have found their way into Korean sheet masks:

1. IT’S SKIN PEARL GLITTER ESSENTIAL MASK SHEET

its skin pearl glitter essential sheet mask

It may come as a surprise to you, but pearls are one of the most versatile ingredients used in Korean skincare. These shimmering little gems that form within the shell of an oyster are rich in polysaccharides, amino acids, minerals and proteins that nourish your skin in a number of different ways: they inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme involved in the production of melanin, to fade unsightly dark spots from the skin; they impart a radiant glow to the complexion; they intensely moisturize skin, keeping it soft and smooth; finally, they fight free radicals, significantly slowing down the aging process. It’s Skin Pearl Glitter Essential Mask Sheet, my go-to mask for my pearl fix, is a godsend for dry skin. It’s incredibly moisturizing and brightening, giving my complexion a smooth appearance and a dewy glow that lasts well into the night!

Where to buy: http://www.testerkorea.com/

2. SKINFOOD MARINE FOOD GEL MASK JELLYFISH

skinfood marine food gel mask jellyfish

I am the first to admit that a close encounter with a jellyfish while swimming in the shimmering and pristine waters of the ocean is a daunting and scary experience! However, there is no doubt that jellyfish are remarkable creatures: nicknamed the Benjamin Button of the sea, jellyfish have the ability, when under intense stress, to revert back to a polyp over and over again during the course of their life, potentially achieving immortality. The rejuvenating implications jellyfish extract could have in the skincare world are clear, which is why Korean skincare brands have already started adding it to their lotions and potions. I get my dose from Skinfood Marine Food Gel Mask Jellyfish, an intensely hydrating mask that plumps up my complexion, smoothes out imperfections and gives my skin the glow of youth!

Where to buy: http://www.ulta.com/

3. SKINFOOD BEAUTY IN A FOOD MASK HORSE FAT

skinfood beauty in a food mask horse fat

Did you know that horse fat is very similar to human sebum, the skin’s natural moisturizer? This close similarity allows horse fat to deeply penetrate the skin and restore softness and suppleness even to the driest of skin types. On top of it, horse fat has powerful anti-aging properties that reduce the appearance of wrinkles, giving your whole face a fresh and younger look. I like to use Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Horse Fat whenever my skin feels a little dry: this mask immediately quenches its thirsty, turns roughness to softness and imparts luminosity to the skin. I immediately look younger after every use!

Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/

4. PAPA RECIPE SPARKLING BUBBLE TOC MASK

papa recipe sparkling bubble toc mask

Plain old water is a common ingredient in the majority of skincare products, but it was the Koreans who first got the idea of upgrading to carbonated water. The bubbles from the carbonated water help remove dirt and grime from the face, wash out impurities from deep inside the pores and slough off dead skin cells, giving the complexion a smoother appearance and brighter glow. Like this weren’t enough, carbonated water helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin faster and firms up the complexion. There is also an added fun factor: when the carbonated water comes in contact with the oxygen in the air, it starts to form tiny bubble all over your face! I turn to Papa Recipe Sparkling Bubble Toc Mask whenever my skin gets a little oilier in the summer. Not only it exfoliates and brightens my skin, but it helps me to keep the production of sebum under control, too.

Where to buy: http://web1.sasa.com/

5. SKINFOOD BEAUTY IN A FOOD MASK BIRD’S NEST

skinfood beauty in a food bird's nest

As unusual as it sounds, bird’s nest is a prized and rare culinary delicacy in Asia – and for a good reason, too: it keeps your skin younger and beautiful for longer. Asian’s Swiftlet sea birds hold their nest together with their saliva, a liquid that’s extremely rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins that deeply moisturize the skin, keeping it as soft as a baby’s. On top of it, bird’s extract stimulates cell regeneration and boosts the immune system, which in turn promotes the overall health of the skin. Skinfood Beauty In A Food Mask Bird’s Nest is one of the most moisturizing masks in my stash: in just under 15 minutes, it turns my dull and dry face into a luminous and soft complexion!

Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/

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