Asia has long been a source of alternative beauty and health remedies that range from the miraculously effective to the downright odd. Now more than ever, Asian health and Korean beauty trends are experiencing increased popularity due to the newfound societal emphasis on natural and organic ingredients.
When it comes to finding natural and non-irritating skincare alternatives, the Korean skincare and cosmetics market is an excellent place to start. With the government being one of the largest benefactors in local skincare research and development, you can bet they found quite a few ingredients that have a lot of potential. While some of these ingredients may seem like they belong more in Fear Factor rather than your vanity closet, they do have research to back them up.
Here are some of the strangest but surprisingly effective ingredients that are dominating the Korean skincare market today:
Bee Venom is probably the most popular item on this list due to the patronage of famous celebrities and even some members of the royal family. It has been reported that Camilla Duchess of Cornwall herself recommended bee-sting venom to the then bride-to-be Kate Middleton before she walked down the aisle. To this day, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall still keep a steady supply of this bee-sting venom facemask and swear by its positive effects.
While the word of such influential individuals really puts this beauty ingredient in good light, the question remains: what does it actually do? Bee-sting venom was made as an organic and non-invasive alternative to Botox in smoothening out fine lines and wrinkles. What it does is that it “tricks” the skin into thinking that there is an actual bee sting on the face, causing increased blood flow as well as an increase in natural collagen and elastin production to fight the “sting”. Applying the product doesn’t cause your face to swell and sting so rest assured that this is perfectly safe and painless.
Since this is an animal-derived ingredient, some may ask: is this safe for the bees? If you’re worried about trying this product and contributing to the dwindling bee population, rest assured that the venom collection is in fact a safe process for the bees. The bee venom is extracted through a carefully developed method that prevents the stinger from dislodging and killing the bee. After the venom is collected, the bee is free to fly away and live out the remainder of its life in peace. Yay!
Find our selection of products with been venom and see the benefits of this incredible natural ingredient: