Do You Know The Benefits Of These Bizarre Beauty Ingredients?

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The ingredients list on beauty products can seem like a foreign language to those of us less trained in the art of reading scientific mumbo-jumbo. Parabens, parafins, steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer, 1,2 diol hexoparabaraImjustmakingthisupnow - it's far from simple reading. But every now and then an ingredient pops up which I do understand, but still perplexes me just as much. You can imagine my surprise when I picked up a pot of moisturiser to read "Snail gel" on the cover, that's right, actual snail goo in my cosmetics. It got my thinking about what some of the less conventional, but undoubtedly beneficial, ingredients are. So here are 3 of the most bizarre beauty ingredients on the market and why you should seriously consider including them in your skin care routine.

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Snail Mucus

So you know when you see a snail moving across glass (not a common sight I know) and it leaves that delicious trail of slime goo behind? Well that my friends is a top skin care ingredient, it's practically viscous gold. How on earth did anyone discover this? Chilean snail farmers who handled snails regularly noticed that any cuts on their hands healed quickly and left no scars behind, so the finding was reported to the French food industry and hey presto - snail skin care. So why should you include this gooey formula in your skin care routine? Well apart from snail mucus receiving the seal of approval from big names including Ashley Roberts, Katie Holmes and Stacie Stewart, the product has been reported to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, correct pigmentation on the skin and give your complexion an overall glow - amazing!

Before you go foraging in your garden for molluscs, the lovely people at Dr Organic have already harvested it into an entire range including hand gel, eye serum and facial cream. Also in case you were worried, no snails are harmed in the making of these products - it even says so on the packaging!

"Dr Organic Snail Gel is produced from snails that are farmed under humane and certified organic conditions. The snails are able to roam freely and the mucus secretion is collected from glass panes that they travel over. The secretion is collected, filtered and then concentrated by vacuum evaporation to reduce its water content before a mild preservative is added to maintain its shelf life.”

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Bird Poo

That's right, we've moved from mucous to full-blown poop, Nightingale poop to be specific. This bizarre beauty ingredient is believed to have premiered in Japan where it's revered as a great exfoliant and skin brightening treatment. The element of Nightingale poop that makes it so effective is the enzymes which, like the glycolic acids commonly used in skin care, dissolve away dead skin, unclogging pores and supporting a healthy complexion. This particular bizarre beauty trend gained status in the UK when it was revealed that Nightingale faeces was a part of the Beckham's skin care routine who are great fans of this bizarre treatment, also known as a Geisha Facial. If you think you'd like to give the Geisha Facial a go then you can visit the Spa To You in London.

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Yep, it's exactly what you're thinking of. Big name celebrities including Eva Longoria and Madonna have both come out as fans of skin care containing placenta. Whilst some companies use sheep placenta, some even use human placenta which is donated from new mothers, largely from Russia. These products are believed to nourish and repair ageing skin by accelerating tissue regeneration and stimulating the skin’s immunity. It’s also believed to improve multiple skin conditions including eczema and scarring. Devotees say their skin feels firm, dewy and youthful but this product probably isn't one for the vegetarians. If you'd like to try the human placenta treatment, Rodial offer the Bee Venom & Placenta 24 Carat Gold Ultimate Creme for a modest £750... However if this price range is a little too premium to be included in your skin care routine then you might like to try the range from SkinChemists who have an Eye Gel and Moisturiser both from £40.49.

These are just 3 of the strangest beauty ingredients on the market and then are many more out there worth researching. So whether you're looking to spice up your skin care routine with some exotic new ingredients, or simply wanting to know what to look out for and strictly avoid, it's worth looking into exactly what it is beauty manufacturers are putting in your products and what benefits they hold.

If you'd like to hop on board the snail trail beauty trend then you can shop the inventive range from Dr Organic here.

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