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12 Strange and Unusual Korean Beauty Products

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Korean beauty products are gaining a lot of attention worldwide – not all of it positive! If you’ve looked at some Korean beauty products, you might have been surprised to see some really strange ones. Koreans are well-known for their obsessive approach to skincare, and this means they leave no stone unturned when it comes to, for example, sourcing ingredients that purportedly have great skin care benefits, or addressing body parts that most of us tend to ignore. From odd concepts to weird names and bizarre ingredients, check out our list of strange and unusual beauty products!

Face Cream
These face creams aren’t abnormal in nature – they do what any face cream does! But the ingredients are quite eccentric. We’ll start with a peculiar ingredient that has become quite common in Korean skin care products: snails! Most people wouldn’t want a snail anywhere near their face, much less all over it, but snail slime is reportedly anti-inflammatory and calming for skin. The gel below is lightweight and great for those with oily skin. Don’t worry about the scent – it smells nothing like snails! (Although we have to admit that we don't know what snails smell like.) Tony Moly Eco Pure Snail Moisture Gel

Tony Moly Pure Eco Snail Moisture Gel

When I first saw this product, I didn’t understand why someone would want his or her skin to look like a bird’s nest. But it turns out that it actually includes two expensive and popular ingredients, which are bird’s nest extract and gold. Upon further examination, I discovered that bird’s nest extract contains amino acids that help your skin be supple and youthful. Likewise, gold has ions that stimulate cells and blood circulation.

Holika Holika Bird's Nest Gold Leaf Cream

Holika Holika Bird's Nest Gold Leaf Cream

Unlike the previous cream, this cream doesn’t include an unusual ingredient. Instead, it has a super-strange consistency. The cream feels like melted cheese! Incredibly bouncy, the cream melts into your skin for moisture and elasticity. The texture is quite fun to play around with as well. Dear By Melted Cheese Cream

Dear Melted Cheese Cream

Koreans love their face masks. There are masks for practically every part of one’s body and face. It’s a great affordable alternative to expensive spa and skin care treatments. Whether you use removable sheet masks or sleeping masks, they’re easy to wear and have immediately noticeable effects. Let’s start out with sheet masks since they are the most common. This one includes a very unusual ingredient, pig collagen. Pig collagen became popular after their anti-aging properties became widely known through television. Luckily, the product has a pleasant smell and is free of harmful ingredients such as parabens and mineral oil. Holika Holika Pig Collagen Gel Mask Sheet

Holika Holika Pig Collagen Mask Sheet

You might have seen some of your favorite K-Pop and K-Drama stars rocking animal sheet masks. These trendy sheet masks will transform you into a cute/scary animal. They’re really fun for sleepovers and pranks while providing skin care benefits. The animal options include tigers, pandas, otters, and dragons! SNP Animal Masks

SNP Animal Masks

There have been many advances with the texture of sheet masks in recent years. From microfibers to hydrogels, the choices are vast. Lace sheet masks are a gorgeous new trend. If you’re a fan of lace, you’ll love these beautiful sheet masks. Apparently, the lace helps the mask to adhere better to the contours of faces. After the product gets absorbed into your skin, simply remove and discard the sheet mask. Banila Co It Radiance Lace Sheet Mask

Banila Co It Radiance Lace Sheet Mask

Do you often fall asleep and forget to remove your sheet mask? Try sleeping masks! You can simply apply a sleeping mask after applying your toner or lightweight moisturizing products and go directly to sleep. Wash off the sleeping mask the next morning as you wake up to soft and replenished skin. The following sleeping mask includes donkey milk! Donkey milk has been known since the old days for its anti-aging properties and high vitamin content, but is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Just like the other products with eyebrow-raising ingredients, this product actually smells quite pleasant!

Imselene Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask Pack

Imselene Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask Pack

Lip Products
Who or what comes to mind when you think about luscious and full lips? I’ve never wanted to resemble a monkey, but apparently golden monkeys have glamorous lips! This three step lip kit includes an exfoliating pad, a hydrogel lip mask, and a honey lip treatment that will transform dry, chapped lips. Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lip 3-Step Kit

Holika Holika Golden Monkey Glamour Lip 3-Step Kit

Lip tints are extremely popular in Korea. There are many different varieties suitable for varying preferences. The strangest version has to be the new peel off lip tint. First, you apply a generous layer of the lip tint pack on your lips and wait for it to dry before gently peeling it off. The product helps you enjoy a smooth, longlasting tattoo-like stain that is supposed to last for 12 hours.Berrisom Lip Tint Pack

Berrisom Lip Tint Pack

There are many innovative and peculiar body products from Korea as well. Patches in particular are somewhat similar to sheet masks. The difference is that they adhere onto skin better and can be left on for a longer period of time. Patches are useful when you want to target a specific concern. For example, this neck patch is great for individuals who want a youthful neck. Other patches focus on other parts such as the forehead or smile lines. Etude House Firm Neck Patch

Etude House Firm Neck Patch

This cooling leg and foot patch is awesome during hot summer days. They help your feet and legs relax and cool down at the same time. They feel amazing after a long day of strenuous activity!

Missha Cooling Skinny Leg Patch

Missha Cooling Skinny Leg Patch

Don’t forget to treat your nails as well! Having a beauty product for every single body part was no joke. Beautiful hands and nails are also highly prized in Korea. This fingernail pack nourishes your nails for a stronger and healthier look. These are especially great after removing harsh gel nail polish from your nails.

Etude House Help My Finger Nail Pack

Etude House Help My Finger Nail Pack

Which products do you find the strangest? Are there any you are daring enough to try? Share in the comments below!

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