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Top Five Unconventional Skin Care Ingredients

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As the beauty care industry grows and evolves, new skin care ingredients and technologies are constantly brought to our attention. Research into the most effective and luxurious ingredients has uncovered advanced yet natural solutions such as organic cosmetics and chirally correct compositions, in addition to more bizarre, wacky and unconventional skincare ingredients like the ones listed below.

5) Gold

With a rich history (pun only slightly intended), gold is one of the most versatile substances featured in this list. In addition to monetary exchange, gold has been used for centuries in medicine, jewelry, decor, food and drink, industry, electronics and more. Now, gold can be found in cosmetics, anti aging products and self tanning formulas. It supplies a soft golden glow that helps disguise imperfections and illuminate the skin for a more beautiful and youthful appearance.

4) Emu Oil

Emu oil has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis, burns, insect bites and other itchy or painful ailments. Made from the fat of the emu, a large bird native to Australia, emu oil features multiple components often used in skin care products, including oleic acid, linoleic acid and linolenic acid. It has been shown to reduce scarring, restore suppleness and comfort to dry sensitive skin, and target fungal issues on the hands and feet.

3) Osmotic Mineral Infusions

Although this entry is not technically an actual ingredient, it definitely deserves a mention. The minerals silver, gold, platinum and germanium are said to charge skincare products when infused in the compositions. Known as electro-stimulants, they work as semi-conductors to improve cellular productivity and performance, resulting in a more effective product.

2) Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media

Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, or HFCM, is actually less scary than it sounds. The byproduct of a complex tissue engineering process, HFCM features natural growth factors, soluble collagen, matrix proteins and antioxidants. These anti-aging benefits combine to target visible signs of aging, such as facial wrinkles, with exceptional force, creating youthful results you can truly see and feel.

1) Synthetic Snake Venom

Designed as a topical alternative to Botox, synthetic snake venom is used in anti aging skin care products to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It mimics the paralytic effects of Temple Viper venom, causing the muscles to relax and freeze so that these annoying visible signs of aging can’t appear. It also offers collagen stimulation, epidermal contouring, and protection from environmental damage.

Do you have an unconventional skin care ingredient to add to the list? Leave a comment and let us know!



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