When it comes to beauty, there are cult classics and the innovative new treatments with ingredients that continuously surge the skin care market. While there are some things that will always induce a sort of shock and awe reaction (hello, Vampire facials), we’re always slightly more curious and fascinated with the emergence of each new trend.
When it comes to looking younger, brighter and a bit more rejuvenated, there’s almost nothing that can scare us. Snail slime? Sure, bring it on. Fish scales? We can handle it!
It’s always these innovative, and sort of disgusting ingredients that actually bring a potent power to the formulation of a product. Innovation in skincare starts at the intersection of gross and genius, most simply because it pushes boundaries and jumps hoops to banish surface products that don’t do much more than smell nice.
If you’re ready to take a ride down ingredient lane, we will shed some light on weird but truly epic skin care ingredients that will help give your skin that grade 11 glow.
This potent skin food ingredient definitely has the power to make the toughest chick cringe. This slimy ingredient has been popping up in a huge variety of Korean skin care products, and for good reason. Snail enzymes are amazing for your skin and will work wonders for those who are trying to minimize acne scars, clear their complexion or simply smooth the surface. If you can get over the fact that your face is covered in guts, your 10-minute sheet mask routine will completely transform your skin.
We love: HWANSAENGGO ESCARGOT Golden Firming Gel Mask, $8
Also known as caviar, this appetizer for the rich and famous also doubles as a potent lifting and firming skin care ingredient. While the idea of slathering caviar all over your face is a bit off-putting, these tiny eggs are rich in calcium, Omega-3’s, and a host of other vitamins that can do wonders for any complexion.
We love: La Prairie Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, $540
Yes, there’s such a thing. This milk ingredient is rich in minerals and vitamins, and is again found in Korean beauty products. This creepy yet cool skincare ingredient has both brightening and firming components, helping to prevent the onset of damage and aging with its whey protein and amino acid formulation.
We love: Imselene Donkey Milk Holic Sleeping Mask Pack, $13
Now your favourite brunch side-order can be slathered on your face. This firming and plumping ingredient that our skin craves can help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, all the while rejuvenating your complexion better than your best lotion or potion.
This might just be the creepiest skin care ingredient yet. While Scientologists swear by placenta for their own religious reasons, the beauty world is contemplating the potent affects that this ingredient might have on their complexion. Animal placenta is said to brighten your skin, all the while improving the state of your fine lines and wrinkles. While gross, placenta happens to be rich in vitamins, enzymes and proteins that can give your skin that extra glow.
We love: Mizon Original Skin Energy Placenta 45, this hard-to-find product is roughly $60