Here Are Ten Very Strange Yet Effective Skincare Hacks All The Way From Korea

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Samsung – Hyundai – LG Electronics – BTS – “Gangnam Style.” There are many well-known brands and elements of Korean culture that have successfully seeped into the Western consumer world. However, more recently, the Far Eastern country’s cultural offerings have been more cosmetic in nature. Believe it or not, but Korea has seen its output of beauty products become one of its biggest exports of late. With often very strange ingredients, these ten K-skincare products may seem bizarre, but nevertheless are widely believed to be surprisingly effective.

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1. Get off your face with fermentation

Fermentation is a chemical process whereby organic substances are broken down variously by bacteria, yeasts, or micro-organisms. Whatever – it sounds pretty brutal and is probably far from the sort of thing anyone would want happening anywhere near their precious face. Korean skincare technology, however, has found a way to extract the most luscious essences of Mother Nature’s purest ingredients which utilize this process to help rejuvenate facial skin.

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An essence is the half-way house between a toner – used to remove dirt and impurities – and a serum – a kind of intense moisturizer. The product’s primary function is to add moisture to facial skin and, like in other parts of the human body, skin functions better when it is fully hydrated. Korean women swear by using an essence on a daily basis, in order to keep the skin on the face supple and enable it to retain elasticity.

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