4 Surprising Asian Skincare Ingredients We Love

Asian skincare products need no introduction — Korean, Chinese, and Japanese beauty products took store shelves by blast several years ago and never left our makeup bags ever since. The reason? Unorthodox (for western makeup) ingredients work magic on your skin without costing the price you’d pay for luxury skincare products. In this article, we are going to cover surprising, but proven ingredients that will work like a charm on your skin.

  • Snail Mucin

Don’t be grossed out by this ingredient — after all, snails have been frequent guests in skincare routines from as long as 400 B.C. The secret of snail slime is in its richness in nutrients, such as hyaluronic acid, which helps slow down the aging process by hydrating and nourishing your skin.

One of the best advantages is a fairly low price of this ingredient — the Smoothing Snail Extract and Aloe Vera Face Cream will run you only $9.95. The cream is a combo of snail extract and aloe vera, proven anti-inflammatory agents, which will be a great help in reducing acne and blemishes.

  • White Rice

While this ingredient may sound, on the contrary, too ordinary to provide sizeable benefit for your skin, there’s hard science proving the efficacy of this common grain. Used since as early as 1,000 years ago in Japan, rice water contains elements, known to soothe, tone and protect your skin.

The toning part should be especially interesting for you if you are seeking to whiten your skin, as white rice is a common whitening agent. Whitening Rice Extract Face Serum boasts these exact qualities: while gently whitening your skin, this serum will also nourish it and reduce blemishes.

  • Shea Butter

This ingredient is more familiar to the western makeup brands, although not everyone in the industry embraced this wondrous nut product. A great moisturizer, shea butter is a lifesaver for those, who suffer from extremely dry skin. Rich in anti-inflammatory elements, shea butter is known to reduce inflammation in combination with other soothing ingredients.

It’s best to be used in moderation if your skin is not very dry, although it can be used as part of everyday skincare routine in combination with other components. This Shea Butter Face Cream will also help you to whiten your skin while gently nourishing and moisturizing it at as low as $9.95.

  • Retinol

Retinol is only being embraced by makeup brands, but Asian cosmetics brands have already discovered this extremely potent ingredient. Retinol is a form of vitamin A that reduces the appearance of signs of aging, such as wrinkles and pigmentation by helping cell turnover and skin renewal.

For its anti-aging benefits, it’s best to use this ingredient from your mid-twenties in smaller doses. This Firming Facial Cream is a great start: for the appealing price of $9.95, you get fine lines removal along with smoothing and nourishing your skin. Apply on your face and neck before sleep and see the effects of this powerful element for yourself.

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