Thanks to a skincare-obsessed culture in Asia, there's always a new way to plump, rejuvenate, hydrate, and purify your skin\u2014and the ingredients are cutting-edge. Bonus: Unlike most Western beauty products, Asian skincare tends to emphasize natural ingredients over harsh chemicals. And what could be more natural than snail slime?\nHere's a breakdown of all the ways they're ahead of the skincare curve:\nThe Ingredient: Maple Tree Sap\nThe Basics: Acer mono sap\u2014as it's called on the label\u2014is an experiential ingredient that enhances the delivery of active ingredients.\nThe Benefits: Tree sap molecules are smaller than water molecules, so they absorb more easily and deeper into the skin. It delivers a myriad of beneficial nutrients, vitamins and minerals like amino peptides and calcium to lift, rejuvenate and hydrate skin. (And because of its antioxidants, maple tree sap is a common health drink in South Korea.)\nTry This: May Coop Raw Sauce Toner, $42 peachandlily.com. May Coop Raw Moisturizer, $40 peachandlily.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Snail Mucin\nThe Basics: Snail enzyme is a high-efficacy active ingredient comprised of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin commonly found in skin creams and sheet masks.\nThe Benefits: This trusted slime is derived from the same stuff snails produce to heal cuts on their soft bodies from rocks and other rough surfaces. In beauty products, snail mucin firms and restores skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration (which helps fade acne scars, smooth uneven complexions and reduce hyperpigmentation).\nShop It: Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum, $54; sephora.com. MISSHA Cell Renew Snail Cream, $37; sokoglam.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Rose Oil\nThe Basics: The essence derived from the flower is a potent active ingredient containing vitamins A and C and other minerals and antioxidants. It also has antibacterial and aromatherapeutic properties.\nThe Benefits: Products with this skin-saving oil are designed to delay signs of aging, soothe and moisturize skin, reduce redness and inflammation and provide astringent and antiseptic benefits to acne-prone skin.\nShop It: Aromatica Rose Absolute Eye Cream, $29; thearomatica.com. Isoi Bulgarian Rose Blemish Care System, $64; glowrecipe.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Bee Venom\nThe Basics: This active ingredient contains a compound called melitten, which has anti-inflammatory properties that are said to be stronger than hydrocortisone. It's used around the world in skincare products as an anti-ager.\nThe Benefits: Bee venom breaks down cell membranes, which tricks your body into thinking it's under attack. It responds by increasing circulation, triggering the production of collagen and even relaxing facial muscles. This helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, which is why some use bee venom as a natural alternative to Botox. \nShop It: Nature Republic Bee Venom Roll On Spot treatment, $18; amazon.com. Mizon Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream, $36; urbanoutfitters.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Sea Kelp\nThe Basics: Long considered a healthy delicacy in Asia, algae\u2014a.k.a. seaweed and kelp\u2014is extremely nutrient- and mineral-dense, and rich in essential amino acids and vitamins A, B, C, and E.\nThe Benefits: Beauty products formulated with the marine botanical extract are hydrating, softening and energizing, and ideal for dry skin. When fermented in facial sheet masks, sea kelp's skin-loving amino acids, antioxidants and proteins are broken down to smaller, more easily absorbed molecules to majorly hydrate, repair and soothe skin.\nShop It: Whamisa Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask, $14; glowrecipe.com. MISSHA Pure Source Sheet Mask (Sea Kelp), $2; misshaus.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Tea Tree Oil\nThe Basics: Highly regarded as a non-irritating antiseptic agent for treating acne, Australian-native tea tree oilcontains terpenoids that have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.\nThe Benefits: This holy grail ingredient is gentler on skin and has less side effects than the gold-standard breakout-fighting ingredient benzoyl peroxide.In addition to effectively removing dirt and makeup without stripping skin dry, tea tree oil clears away sebum buildup and calms redness. It's great for those with sensitive, oily or combination skin.\nShop It: LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence, $38; nullskin.com. Aromatica Tea Tree Balancing Foaming Cleanser, $21; thearomatica.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Hyaluronic Acid\nThe Basics: This extremely popular hero ingredient is a naturally-occurring polysaccharide found in our skin tissues, keeping our skin soft, supple and plump. When we stop producing it as we age, our skin dries, sags and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it attracts water\u2014and it can hold more than 1,000 times its weight in H2O.\nThe Benefits: If your skin lacks moisture, you want this in your regimen. Well-hydrated skin helps prevent premature aging, breakouts and excess sebum production.Serums containing hyaluronic acid extract leave skin supple, firm and plump with moisture. Also found in some makeup primers and foundations, it's liquid gold for that coveted dewy look.\nShop It: Mizon Original Skin Energy Hyaluronic Acid 100, $42; urbanoutfitters.com. Aritaum Baby Face Mist Power Hyaluronic Acid 60ml, $11; jolse.com.\n\nThe Ingredient: Pig Collagen\nThe Basics: The makeup of pig collagen has shown to be similar to the collagen we produce ourselves to maintain a youthful appearance, though the effectiveness of applying collagen topically is debatable since its particles are too big to absorb into the skin.\nThe Benefits: In South Korea, women have claimed that applying this trending ingredient to the skin boosted firmness and elasticity. But because pig collagen can't penetrate the skin barrier, collagen-packed creams tend to sit on the skin and smooth fine lines only temporarily.\nShop It: Tony Moly Pure Farm Pig Collagen Hydrogel Mask, $4; koreadepart.com. Hollika Hollika Pig Collagen Jelly Pack, $20; holikaholika.ca.\n\nThe Ingredient: Starfish Extract\nThe Basics: Skincare products containing starfish extract\u2014packed with collagen, calcium and vitamins\u2014have become something of a SoKo obsession recently, and though the ingredient is harvested from real starfish, companies like Mizon (which introduced a hugely popular line of starfish-infused creams) claims its products are "cruelty-free."\nThe Benefits: Knowing that starfish can regenerate lost limbs, the idea is that these formulas can also restore your skin to a brighter, plumper, ultra smooth, even complexion by aiding in cell turnover. The ingredient's received tons of high praise\u2014and a cult following\u2014but the verdict's still out on whether or not it's truly effective. Some studies have suggested that starfish extract could be used as a treatment for hyperpigmentation.\nShop It: Mizon Returning Starfish Cream, $32; urbanoutfitters.com. Mizon Returning Starfish Eye Cream, $32; urbanoutfitters.com.\n\n\nYou should also check out: \n\n\n10 Skin Secrets from the Ancient World\n\n\nThe Lengths Some Women Will Go to for Beauty\n\n\nAre You Allergic to Your Makeup?