Snake venom? Pond scum? Silk cocoon fibers? Ever wonder what’s in your favorite face cream or lotion? The beauty industry is notorious for adding some of the weirdest ingredients there are and marketing it as another newfangled product to try.
We have to admit, some of the weird gunk in high-end cosmetics aren’t really all that different from more familiar ingredients in terms of efficacy. But if you’re the adventurous kind who loves to experiment, check out for these weird beauty ingredients the next time you are shopping for a new product to try.
Caviar isn’t strictly for eating these days. Some high-end beauty products actually incorporate this extravagant snack to their skincare line. Caviar is not only packed with vitamins and minerals, it’s also a rich course of nutrients that stimulate internal cell function. This means helping you achieve plump, youthful skin free and deeper hydration. Finally, this sometimes-illegal foodstuff is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and amino acids, both are key ingredients in most anti-aging skin care products.
No, we’re not talking about disgusting pond scum but more like harvested aquatic ingredients with potent anti-aging properties. Not all algae have skincare benefits, a select contains ingredients that stimulate cell regeneration to restore the youthfulness and elasticity of skin, boost blood circulation for a radiant glow and enzymes that removes deep seated dirt and dead skin cells, revealing fresh, smooth skin.
If you ever read the classic novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, then you might be familiar with a queer kind of mask Geishas used to restore the smoothness and softness of their skin after removing their lead-laden makeup. It’s a mask made of nightingale droppings called, “Uguisu no fun.” You can’t this make up.
Uguisu no fun is made from powdered nightingale droppings and it contains high level of uric acid. Uric acid, ladies, helps add radiance to the skin, erase blemishes and smoothens fine lines.
Did you know semen contains a potent antioxidant called spermine? Spermine is such a powerful anti-aging ingredient that it’s said to be 30 times more potent than vitamin E. A Scandinavian skincare brand is developing a range of beauty products enriched with spermine. Their products are said to heal a wide range of skin ailments, smoothens fine lines, soothe sun-damaged skin and refines the texture of the skin too.
Fermenting yeasts for sake generates a compound called pitera. The restorative power of the yeast essence was discovered by accident when researchers noticed how freakishly soft Japanese sake producers’ hands were.
Used by some of the priciest skin care brands in Japan, pitera is known to refine the texture of the skin, evens out the skin tone, brightens the skin and restores its youthful radiance. Hollywood actress and fashion icon, Cate Blanchett, is said to be a fan of pitera-based skin care products and have been using pitera-based beauty products for more than ten years.
Snake venom contains is a rich source of a peptide known as SYN-AKE. This synthetically derived compound mimics the effects of a real snakebite on the skin. The muscles are inhibited from contracting, resulting to smoother, youthful skin. The effect is very similar to Botox!