Ten weird skin cream ingredients that actually work
Nykaa prides itself as a top notch trend spotter. So if Gwyneth Paltrow is getting a bee venom facial and Jessica Alba is using distilled white vinegar for cleansing, we want in too! There are some weird—if not downright bizarre—ingredients popping up on the skin care aisles and we just had to list ten of the most eye catching ones. If brands are to be believed, vodka works wonders as a skin toner and snake slime can give you your softest skin ever! Scroll through the slideshow to check out some awesome products with unexpected ingredients.
Who doesn’t love a vodka cooler on a hot summer’s day? A few sips and you’re on top of the world, feeling like a million bucks. But did you know vodka can be a huge asset in your makeup routine? Oily skin and run out of toner…just splash on a thimbleful of vodka on your face. It’s an excellent non-irritating, antiseptic toner that tightens pores and refreshes skin. Just make sure your eyes are tightly shut when you apply it. It also instantly dries up that pimple you just picked.
You love the fine things in life. Caviar and champagne…now how about smearing some pricey fish eggs on your face? The La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask is an overnight moisture firming transformative night cream plus face mask. Imbued with caviar extracts to smoothen and firm skin while you sleep. Wake up with time on your side.
Know why Kate Middleton looked so radiant in wedding pictures? It’s rumored she has a bee venom facial and mask routine just before the Royal Wedding in 2011. Her step mother-in in-law Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's official facialist Deborah Mitchell owns the patent for her Heaven Bee Venom Mask, and other long term users of this apitoxin formula include Gwyneth Paltrow and Emilia Clarke. Another similar product, The Rodial Bee Venom Eye Cream fills in fine lines with a plumping effect, just as if you had a bee sting. Ouch!
What we do for the sake of beauty! If you’re brave enough to let a snail crawl all over your face, relax, you can get away using Organic Doctor Snail instead, that contains snail slime. Apparently, snail secretions are rich in anti-aging Glycolic, Hyaluronic Acids and Elastin, common ingredients in regular serums and face creams.
Yuck you may well say but for centuries Lanolin from the fur of wool-bearing animals is used in lotions, make up removers and lipsticks. Lanolin has a powerful emollient action, which means it has a soothing, moisturizing effect when applied directly to skin. In fact studies show that products like Australian Golden Lanolin is very effective in reducing roughness and cracks on dry elbow and knee patches.
You’ve heard of marine extract infused products but what about salmon hatchery water skincare? The primary ingredient in all Restorsea's skin care products, including the Repairing Hand Treatment, this water is believed to have a unique anti-aging enzyme—the proprietary Vibransea™ complex—that’s released during the hatching of salmon eggs. This powerful ingredient erases skin blemishes, dry patches and imperfections in just days. The non-greasy, fast absorbing formula softens, smoothens and evens out skin tone for wrinkle-free hands.
Wow, this is getting positively reptilian! The Sonya Dakar Stem Cell Transformer Serum from the celebrity facialist has legions of admirers who swear by the numbing effect this cream has on fine lines and wrinkles. A concentrated blend of 14 anti-aging ingredients, including Syn-Ake (synthetic Snake Venom), the ultra luxe non-greasy formula also hydrates and nourishes. The Paraben and Fragrance-free serum is 98% natural
Mink furs are completely a no-no but Mink oil that’s been used for decades to protect leather from water damage, does wonders for your skin too. Collected from the outer pelt of the animal, it contains oil, sweat and fat that keeps even the driest skin hydrated for hours. Sesbellot Mink Oil that contains 80% saturated fat was created after extensive research in Belgium and magically fades fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots as well as blemishes, stretch marks, scars, and itchy or irritating skin conditions. Ready to switch from your regular lotion yet?
Burt's Bees Radiance Day Cream contains royal jelly that is used to feed the queen and larvae in the beehive, as the star ingredient in this award winning skin brightening formula. Royal jelly is a rich source of folic acid, biotin and protein. What’s good for the bees is good for us, right?
Bird dropping on your face? Japanese geishas used guano from the bush warbler Nightingale on their faces since the 17th century! Today, Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and Harry Styles are big fans. The droppings in question don’t come from any old nightingale; they are collected from a particular bird, native to Kyushu, a Japanese island. Apparently the nightingales are fed a special diet of seeds and berries and the droppings contain an enzyme called ‘guanine’ an amino acid that works as a natural bleaching agent, lightening dark circles, blemishes and reducing under-eye bags.