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Snail Slime: Korean’s Face Cream Secret Ingredient, Another Hit From Korean Beauty Industry

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Snail Slime has been the beauty secret of Korean women for years. Snail Slime is now being used as one of the ingredients in many Korean face cream products.

The skin care and cosmetics industry in South Korea has developed widely. This country has become one of the trend setters in the world with its innovations in beauty treatment. BBC News has stated that South Korea has been quite fanatical about their skin and beauty since long time ago.

Women in South Korea can expend two times as much of their earning for cosmetics and beauty products than those in the U.S. The men too use up more money to buy skincare products than men in the other countries.

More than $2.64bn of cosmetics products had been exported by South Korea last year. This amount was higher than the one in 2012 as much $1.91bn and in 2012 as much $1bn. U.S. is one of the largest markets that many of the sales come from small companies owned by young Americans who have Korean heredity.

An analyst for market research firm Mintel, Sarah Jindal said, "South Korea's beauty industry has seen phenomenal growth."

However, there are still differences between Korean and Western in taking care of their beauty. Western women usually only have three steps to treat their face; cleansing-toning-moisturizing. While South Koreans follow 10 steps, which include the use of essence, ampoule cream, and a sheet mask.  

Korean beauty products mainly are from the traditional ingredients from Korea, including snail. This ingredient is believed to help collagen and elastin formation, as well as is used as moisturizer and spot treatments.

The Coveteur mentioned, "Snail extract, formally referred to as snail mucin, is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin. It has even been registered and recognized as an official cosmetic ingredient under the name, 'snail secretion filtrate."

As an ingredient in beauty products, snail slime is an integral part of the formula. So, it will smell and feel just like the ordinary beauty products.   

Besides snail, there still many other traditional ingredients, such as green tea, bamboo, and ginseng, according to Spa Finder. Some of the ingredients might be new and unusual to westerns, including snail and starfish extracts and bee venom.    

They even use fermented ingredients now, which are said to be more nutrient-rich and easily absorbed. So wait to find more fermented fruits, herbs, plants, and yeast in your Korean beauty and skin care products soon.   

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