Everyone is always looking for ways to keep their skin looking young and healthy but some people are taking it a bit too far. Just take a look at the labels of some skincare products and you may be surprised to see that some of the ingredients said to work wonders for the skin are not only weird, but also gross. Here are a few examples:
Placenta is the organ present in mammals that connects the mother to the fetus. It protects and feeds the fetus and also allows fetal waste to be disposed. And now, purified human and cow placenta is used in several skincare products. Placenta contains vitamins, minerals and proteins that have conditioning and antioxidants properties, hydrating skin and improving its elasticity. However, placenta is also rich in hormones and, according to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), a surge of those could cause premature breast growth in toddlers.
2. Snail Slime
Some companies are adding purified snail slime to their products. Snail slime contains allantoin, a substance that regenerates snail shells when they get damaged. When applied on the skin, it is said to have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it is supposed to make skin brighter, softer and to reduce the appearance of scars.
3. Nightingale Poop
Yes, you’re read that right. Apparently, a spa in New York offers a Geisha facial ($180) that is supposed to soften and brighten skin. And one of the ingredients used in these facials is nightingale poop, which contains natural enzymes and guanine that cleanse skin and give it a pearly glow. Still, there are lots of way to achieve that without having to pay lots of money to slather poop all over your face.
Poop is not the only weird thing used for facials. At some spas you can get sperm facials for $250! Sperm contains spermine, a substance that has antioxiodants properties and is supposed to help with acne too. And now a Norwegian company called Bioforskning is synthesizing and adding it to their products as well.
What do you think of these ingredients? Would you be willing to try them in the name of beauty or are you sticking to “normal” ingredients for now? As for me, I think I’ll pass and keep using my regular products for now.