Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

by Friday, August 26, 2016

Every brand has a back story. So, are you wondering how these skin care products come up with bizarre ingredients? I once questioned them too. Some of these skincare product ingredients may sound weird but are actually effective in promoting skin health.

When you’re scanning through the ingredients of skin care products, you come across snail mucus, fish enzymes or seaweed. You may think these ingredients are simply out of this world, but with intensive research and experiments by reputable dermatologists and scientists, these ingredients may actually help promote healthy, supple, and hydrated skin.

Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

All skincare product ingredients are there for a reason, not just to sound absurd. For instance, snail mucus has been found to contain mucin, amino acids with a potent capacity to hold water, making the skin softer and moisturized. Though these ingredients are unlikely to be normally used in cosmetics, they are used because they contain certain elements that promote skin health. So, here are 10 of the most bizarre skin care product ingredients you should check out.


1. Carmine Or Crushed Bug Shells

Carmine Or Crushed Bug Shells | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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Carmine or crushed bug shells are not only used in cosmetics and skin care products, but also in a wide array of products including food. Yes, it may sound gross but this is actually used as a coloring. Taken from cochineal beetles, carmine is dubbed as a natural coloring providing a characteristic red, pink or purple color. In fact, it gives your lipstick that bright red shade.


2. Bee Venom Or Melittin

Bee Venom Or Melittin | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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So, the same venom that might hurt you from a bee sting is being used as one of a skincare product ingredients. Yes, ladies, this bizarre skincare trend has taken the market by storm. Bee venom masks are being used by ladies across the globe because it acts directly on the facial muscles, creating a lifting, firming and smoothing effect. Bee venom is known as a potent anti-aging agent reduces the appearance of premature signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.


3.  Placenta

Gross as it may sound, but a lot of skincare products contain placenta. The placenta is a very good source of proteins and hyaluronic acid. Apart from these, it contains potent amounts of estrogen and progesterone that aid in tissue development for a smoother and glowing skin.


4. Human Breast Milk

Human Breast Milk | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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Though in some states, the inclusion of human breast milk as one of the skincare product ingredients is illegal, some products may actually contain it. Colostrum, the first few drops of human breast milk, is a potent antimicrobial agent that contains antibodies originally intended to protect the baby’s fragile body. In cosmetics, breast milk can help combat acne since it’s high in a fat called lauric acid, the same acid found in coconut oil. Personally, though, I prefer my skincare products don’t contain breast milk.


5. Fish Scales

Also called guanine, fish scales has been used as one of the skincare product ingredients. Actually, your lip gloss and nail polish contain crushed fish scales. These are the ones responsible for the pearlescent effect of these products. It’s also found in mascaras, bath products, hair conditioners, and cleansers.


6. Dynamite

Dynamite | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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One of the ingredients found in dynamite is found in deodorants and exfoliators. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a soft rock that is easily crumbled into a white powder and found in dynamites. Okay, you might be freaking out right now. The good thing is, the food-grade version is safe and a natural additive to skin products.


7. Shark Liver Oil

Shark Liver Oil | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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Shark liver oil contains squalene, a naturally-occurring oil many plants and animals produce. However, shark liver oil is used in many skincare products. Because it’s texture and consistency is easily absorbed by the skin, it’s a perfect ingredient for many products such as sunscreens, lotions, moisturizers, and lip balm.


8. Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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Chicken bone marrow contains important acids and anti-inflammatory properties that help nourish the skin and lock moisture in. Chicken bone marrow is the one used for a wide range of skincare products like face creams and moisturizers.


9. Snail Mucus

Snail Mucus | The Most Bizarre Skincare Product Ingredients You Should Check Out

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Though it may sound absurd and gross, snail mucus has a lot of skin benefits. It makes the skin smoother, firmer, and creates an instant lifting effect, making it one of the most potent anti-aging agents naturally found in nature.


10. Charcoal

In the past, charcoal has been used to absorb poisons from the body. However, over the past few years, it has been widely used in cosmetics and skincare products because it absorbs oil and dirt from the skin. Now, it’s used in many masks and cleansers.


There are more bizarre skincare product ingredients widely used across the globe today. Watch Ipsy for more information on skincare product ingredients:

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