Did you know that famous Hollywood celebrity, Emily Ratajkowski, attracted a lot of attention when she claimed that the secret behind her flawless complexion is snail mucus? As weird and disgusting as this sounds, you’d be surprised to know that a lot of beauty and skincare experts swear by its amazing benefits.
Made popular by Korean skincare, snail mucin is just one of the many unusual skin care ingredients that can give you envious skin. From bone marrow to bee venom, the world of beauty is brimming with really bizarre ingredients that are surprisingly effective.
Here are five such totally bizarre yet commonly used skincare ingredients that you should know about…
01. Red algae
A species of algae mostly found in freshwater bodies such as lakes and rivers, red algae are popular anti-ageing skincare ingredient. Known for its amazing ability to ward off blue light from our phones and laptops, red algae prevents the breakdown of collagen and elastin; thereby, preventing wrinkles and other signs of ageing. This antioxidant-rich ingredient also prevents your skin from free radical damage to keep it plump and youthful.
02. Snail mucin
Simply put, snail mucin is nothing but the slime (or goop) left behind on the walls by your usual garden snail. As disgusting as this sounds, snail mucin is one of the most popular K-beauty ingredients to achieve glass-skin results. Brimming with elastin and glycolic acid, this protein and antioxidant-rich ingredient is really useful to smoothen out skin texture, reduce signs of ageing and deeply hydrate dull and dry skin.
03. Bone marrow
Chicken bone marrow is a rich source of glucosamine, which is one of the best ingredients to enhance collagen production and stimulate cell renewal. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties coupled with the beneficial acids in bone marrow penetrates your skin easily to strengthen skin’s barrier function. This helps to lock in moisture and keep your skin nourished and youthful.
04. Sheep placenta
Placenta, which is developed in every mammal’s body during pregnancy to nourish the foetus with food and oxygen is another weird ingredient used in skincare products. It is considered to be a huge source of hyaluronic acid to intensely nourish dry and dehydrated skin. Additionally, filled with hormones related to tissue development, sheep placenta is also responsible for delivering smooth and glowing skin.
05. Bee venom
When a bee stings a person, it leaves behind a colourless liquid, which is known to have some incredible benefits for your skin. It is filled with collagen-enhancing properties and is commonly used in skin-firming and tightening products such as eye creams, serums, and moisturisers.