There is a new trend in South Korea. South Korean women rub horse on their faces. Horse fat looks yellowish like butter. And apparently this fat is unique because it has important fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acid. Besides that, it has anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and healing properties. Horse fat is used for many beauty products in South Korea such as face mask, shampoo and hand creams.
Besides horse fat, horse oil is also popular. Horse oil has been used as traditional medicines in certain countries in Asia like Mongolia, Korea, China and Japan. But, its health benefits are just revealed recently thanks to several new research.
According to research that was done by the Keimyung University School of Medicine, horse oil has anti-bacterial properties. These properties help fighting against acne-causing bacteria and staph infection.
This research showed that horse oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and improves type 1 collagen production in the skin. What amazing is that the secret ingredient has been existing for thousand years. But we just know about it recently.
Horse oil contains alpha-linolenic acid, an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid typically found in chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts, as well as linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Omega-6 can strengthen and improves moisture barrier that we need to protect our skins.
Indeed, horses don’t have a lot of fats. The horse fat mostly is taken from its kidney, neck, back and liver. Meanwhile horse oil is taken from its hooves.
Horses from which the fats are taken are usually horses that are raised for foods. Horse meats are common food in several areas in Europe and Asia. Horse oil is usually injected into beauty products.