9 Mighty Strange New Ingredients for Restoring & Repairing Your Skin

Eunice Park | Mar 2, 2016 Beauty & Style

snail repair creamIf you're concerned about your skin, wrinkles, and aging, you're probably spending a fair amount of time scrutinizing the labels on your products. Nowadays, there are some strange ingredients floating around in the beauty world of moisturizers, serums, and eye gels -- things that you never would have thought of slathering on your skin.

We spoke to some beauty experts who shared their knowledge about unusual ingredients that can be found in face products, such as human foreskin, snake venom, and snail slime. Who knew that these ingredients have amazing benefits that renew and revitalize and repair your skin?


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  • Snake Venom


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    Who would have thought poisonous reptiles could help battle fine lines on your face? Rodrigo Diaz, founder and creative director of GOA Skincare, says his Regenerative Face Cream ($65, goaskincare.com) contains a Temple Viper snake venom protein (walgerin-1) that provides facial benefits similar to Botox. The venom helps reduce wrinkles and restores the skin's elasticity so you look younger.

  • Human Foreskin


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    Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology of Beverly Hills says that fibroblasts from human foreskin can be the basis of some effective anti-aging ski serums. “You’re not exactly smearing your face with penis cells, but, rather, the human growth factors derived from a single foreskin about 20 years ago,” says Shainhouse, adding that growth factors and peptides are necessary building blocks for new skin cell growth, repair of cell and skin damage, and collagen regeneration. Shainhouse says products such as TNS Essential Serum ($281, skinmedica.com) will improve skin texture and diminish the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation. 

  • Mushrooms


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    Mushrooms aren’t just for salads or meals; when applied to your skin, they can effectively lighten -- and brighten -- your skin. During pregnancy, if you’re experiencing dark spots or melasma around the eye and cheeks, also known as the "Mask of Pregnancy," mushrooms may do the trick to reduce the spots. Spoiled Mama’s Lucid Brightening Serum for Melasma ($48, spoiledmama.com) contains an ingredient derived from the reishi mushroom called kojic acid/reishi that targets melanin caused by ultraviolet (UVB) radiation. 

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  • Snail Slime


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    The idea of coating your face in snail slime isn’t especially pleasant, but snail slime has become popular in products especially in South Korea for its anti-aging properties. Daily application of the goop is supposed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and also moisturize and reduce hyperpigmentation. Peach and Lilly offers several snail gel products, such as Mizon’s Snail Repair Eye Cream ($22, peachandlilly.com), or Mizon’s Snail Recovery Gel Cream ($18, peachandlilly.com), which is concentrated with a whopping 74 percent of snail extract.

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  • Red Wine


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    Not many of us are dabbing red wine on our face, but maybe we should start. Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to blood vessels and can prevents blood clots. Dermworx’s CerumWORX Retinol + Resveratrol in Microsponge ($105, dermworx.com) contains resveratrol that renews the appearance of skin from sun and environmental damage, plus delivers key antioxidants and phytonutrients. Here’s to red wine!

  • Bamboo Charcoal Powder


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    Bamboo has a lot of functional purposes, but using it to clean your face and body isn’t one that comes to mind. Bamboo charcoal powder is perfect for cleansing because it’s highly porous, absorbs pollutants, and draws out impurities, according to Ever Bamboo, whose HEI Bamboo Charcoal Face + Body Bar ($19.99, everbamboo.com) does just that. The soap purifies, exfoliates, moisturizes, and detoxifies your skin, making it look extra lovely. All this from bamboo!

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  • Coffee


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    When you think of coffee, most of us think about the cup or two needed to get through the morning. But do you know the benefits coffee has for the skin? It is chock-full of antioxidants that diminish the signs of aging and sun damage, but also exfoliates, tightens, and brightens the skin. Spicy Chai Coffee Body Scrub, ($24, caliscrubs.com) helps reduce dry skin, cellulite, scarring, stretch marks, uneven skin tone -- plus it smells good!

  • Edelweiss


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    If you’re looking to decrease wrinkles (aren’t we all?), you may want to check out products with edelweiss plant stem cells. While plant stem cells are known to repair and rejuvenate the skin, edelweiss’ cells are ever more potent because of the high concentration of leontopodic acids, which means lots of antioxidant properties.

    Edelweiss has been shown to decrease wrinkles by up to 15 percent in 22 days, according to Devera Naturals, which makes Snow Flower Crème ($51.99, deveranaturals.com). This is a very rich cream, so use it sparingly!

  • Persimmon


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    Persimmons aren’t only delicious -- and good for you -- but can be used to remove troublesome body odor.

    Geisha artists in Japan would use persimmons for antibacterial purposes and as a deodorant, notes Koko Hayashi, CEO of Mirai Clinical, adding that persimmon was put in a hot bath to purify the water. Purifying & Deodorizing Body Serum with Persimmon Extract, ($32, miraiclinical.com) eliminates body odor and leaves your skin feeling refreshed. Stinky no more!

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