(Strange K-Beauty Skincare Ingredients That Really Work)

When American beauty junkies first caught wind that their Korean counterparts were slathering on products infused with snail slime for glowing skin, the reaction was mixed to say the least. Now snail slime has been lauded by the likes of Marie Claire, The Coveteur, and Into the Gloss and American consumers are embracing the once ew-inducing ingredient. Korean beauty continues to break new ground, discovering the latest nutrient-dense ingredients proven to deliver serious skin benefits. Here are just a few of our strange new favorites.

1. Salmon Egg

What it is: A super gentle exfoliating ingredient extracted from salmon eggs that promotes healthy skin cell turnover.

What it does: Unlike AHAs and glycolic acid which can irritate sensitive skin, salmon egg extract only resurfaces the very top layers of skin, gently dissolving dead skin cells without irritating the tender layers underneath. This makes it an ideal exfoliating solution for sensitive and delicate skin.

Where to find it: Look for salmon extract in Botanic Farm’s Salmon Egg Hydrogel Eye Patch, a targeted under eye mask that firms skin while battling dark circles and under eye bags.

2. Camel Milk

What it is: What made Cleopatra so alluring? Legend has it that the famed Egyptian queen bathed in camel milk to keep her skin soft and luscious.

What it does: Camel milk is a deeply moisturizing ingredient known to smooth skin while alleviating pesky inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Rich in nutrients and AHAs, it’s also been known to boost cell turnover and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Where to find it: You can experience the anti-aging benefits of camel milk with Botanic Farm’s Camel Milk Hydrogel Mask, a lightweight sheet mask that infuses skin with deep anti-wrinkle moisture.

3. Syn-Ake

What it is: A high-tech ingredient also known as dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate intended to mimic the muscle-relaxing effects snake venom.

What it does: Syn-Ake mirrors the line-smoothing effects of Botox by minimizing muscular contractions and reducing cell movement. It temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without the pain and cost of regular injections.

Where to find it: Soften the look of wrinkles with Botanic Farm’s Syn-Ake Hydrogel Mask, a hydrating sheet mask that minimizes the appearance of fine lines and helps prevent signs of aging.

4. Fermented Black Soybean

What it is: Black soybeans are fermented to increase their probiotic and enzymatic properties.

What it does: Fermented soybeans contain enzymes and amino acids that gently soften, improve skin tone, and boost firmness. Probiotics help minimize breakouts to keep skin clear and glowing.

Where to find it: Give fermented black soybean a try in Botanic Farm’s Black Soybean Milk Pudding Sleeping Pack, an overnight treatment designed to firm, soften, and smooth skin while you snooze.