When it comes to skincare, men and women alike are treading a never-ending quest to find the perfect beauty secret that will be the answer to an ageless and perfect skin. Of course, it is part of natural traits as humans, and we always look for the best – what more if it concerns our skin vanities.
When it comes to skincare, we’re smart enough to admit that we do not hesitate to go an extra mile in looking for the best products that will impede the effect of oxidants and gravity into our skin. The human quests on finding the best holy grail in beauty regimens have encountered many interesting (and sometimes scary) beauty trends that continue to surprise the market.
And now that we’re talking about interesting trends in beauty, here are the top five unusual beauty ingredients that most people might don’t know about.
1. Caviar (salted egg of fish called sturgeon)
Yes, you read it right, caviar. The notorious food for the rich and famous (because it’s very expensive). The air of debauchery rings true to its reputation as a potent skincare ingredient too. Skincare developers used caviar as the main ingredient of face creams and face masks, which of course, are expensive.
Studies have shown that caviar is an ideal quick fix to common skin issues like dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Caviar is also chock-full of omega-3 and vitamins that give the skin a sun-kissed glow. It also contains amino acids that make skin tighter and brighter. Try using caviar-based creams or masks before hitting on your bed bases if you want to look extra fresh for one big night.
2. Snail Mucus or Slime
The slime or mucus secreted by snails were first used in ancient Greece as a topical treatment for inflammation before they began to crawl their way into elixirs and creams in South America, Europe, and Asia. Soon, the mogul in skin care industry, Korea, picked up the trend before it finally reached the American market.
Snail slime contains a potent combination of proteins, elastin, copper peptides, antimicrobial, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid which are known beauty enhancers. These ingredients are effective in treating skin inflammation, acne and acne scars, dark under-eye circles, wrinkles and skin dryness. Now, it’s not surprising why this little mollusk became the ‘holy snail’ (what I mean is holy grail) of many beauty experts and consumers.
3. Seaweeds (marine algae)
To some people, seaweed is an unpalatable clump that washes up on beaches. But don’t look down on this humble marine plant because it’s discovered to be rich in vitamins and minerals that can be used as a strengthening agent and exfoliant for the skin.
Seaweed has natural anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial in reducing inflammation caused by acne. Seaweeds are good detoxifier (draws excess fluids and waste products from the skin) and thyroid booster too (it contains iodine which boosts thyroid function). Thyroid glands produce a metabolism-regulating chemical in the bloodstream which helps rejuvenate the skin.
What’s more, seaweeds are good scalp strengthener too due to its minerals that nourish the hair shafts and ducts of the scalp.
4. Bee Venom
Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is, and how it works is interesting. Applying a small amount of bee venom into the skin tricks it into thinking it has been stung. Blood is sent to the affected area which generates the production of collagen and elastin which strengthen the body tissue and helps the skin stay youthful and firm.
Using bee venom infused beauty products such as masks, eye cream, ointment, and serum leads to improvement of skin texture and firmness, reduction of pigmentation and sun damage, and reduction of fine line and wrinkles. The addition of bee venom to beauty products is now a growing trend in skincare that’s causing a bit of buzz in the global market.
5. Pig Collagen
Just when you thought you’d heard every beauty tricks under the sun, you must’ve been mistaken. As bizarre as it sounds, but yes, pig collagen is another peculiar trend in the beauty market that make us squeal.
Collagen does help in treating and preventing wrinkles and other signs of aging, however, it’s still unclear if pig collagen gives the same effect to human tissues. Science may be out on this one, but viewers are claiming that using pig collagen products (masks and creams) hydrates and refreshes their skin and minimizes their pores. If you’re bold enough in trying unusual skin care products, this one is worth a try.
Skin care companies left no stone unturned when it comes to developing revolutionary products. The growing demands for effective products in the market pushes the imagination of many scientists and beauty researchers to their limits just to produce the perfect ‘elixir’ of beauty. And what best way it is to craft the best products than to use and utilize the natural resources that we have – even if it means using venom or animal collagen.
Author Bio: Rachel Minahan is an interior designer by profession and is a self-confessed beauty and skincare enthusiasts. She loves collecting vintage furniture such as bedside tables, bed bases, and even wooden chairs. She also likes to spend her free time on creating new design ideas and researching about the latest beauty products in the market and doing reviews about them.