When Korea first introduced snail extract as one of the holy grail ingredients in their skincare routine, the rest of the world found it weird and disgusting. Who could have ever thought of putting snail mucin on your face? But surprisingly, it has become a cult favorite and everyone has testified that it does wonders to your skin. Although snail extract is now a common ingredient in a lot of skincare products, especially Korean ones, here are some more of the most unusual but equally effective ingredients that are beneficial for your skin.
Goat milk is one of the gentlest skincare ingredients you can find in the market. It is a lactic acid, which makes it an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), a great chemical exfoliator that brightens up your dull complexion without being too harsh on your skin. Goat milk also contains precious skin minerals like selenium and is loaded with vitamins which work wonders for anti-aging, as well as soothing dry and sensitive skin.
Placenta, specifically from sheep, are a great source of hyaluronic acid. This ingredient is packed with hormones to promote tissue development. Hyaluronic acid is also a humectant, which means it is able to attract and retain great amounts of water molecules to keep your skin hydrated. If you’re looking for an anti-aging product, sheep placenta promotes the growth of collagen, reduces fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars and improves the overall texture of your skin.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Eat your greens!” That is because vegetables are a great source of nutrients not just for your body, but also your skin. Broccolis are rich in antioxidants and by cold-pressing broccoli seeds into oil, it can protect you against harsh UV rays. Oil also contains a unique blend of fatty acids that hydrates the skin. Broccoli seed oil is perfect for you if you have an oily T-zone as it is lightweight and is absorbed quickly by the skin.
Honey has been used in skincare for centuries as it contains antibacterial properties which helps keep the skin acne-free. However, bee venom is a new one. Bee venom has the ability to naturally plump and smooth the skin. It fools the skin into thinking that it has been stung, which then sends signals to the body to send blood to the area, and thus stimulating collagen production and blood circulation. This results in a firmer skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
As a great source of protein, eggs are not just good for your body but also your skin. Egg yolks are rich in fatty acids, which give a lot of moisture to the skin. Meanwhile, egg whites contain a type of protein called albumin which aids in tightening pores and removing excessive oil in your skin. Applying it on your skin will result in a brighter, moisturized, and flawless skin.