5 WEIRD INGREDIENTS IN COSMETICS, WHICH REALLY WORK
Here we tell about amazing and very popular ingredients in cosmetics
On the label: Urea
Do not get scared when you see urea among face cream ingredients! Urea is not the same as urine. This substance is really contained in the urine, and also in the stratum corneum of our skin. It is responsible for moisturizing. And do not be confused by the question of where producers take urea: it is synthesized artificially, and do not get from donors, as you might think.
It is most often found in moisturizers, as it has the property of retaining water, removing irritation and itching, and enhancing the protective properties of the skin. This component is efficient and not expensive in production, so you can find it in many affordable products.
2. Snail Secretion
On the label: Snail Secretion
Let’s notice this is not the slime that snails give out when they crawl. Mucin is produced by special glands in response to severe stress or danger. This thick “cocktail” of useful elements serves to regenerate cells and is capable of restoring their carapace. It perfectly moisturizes human skin, forming a “breathing” film on its surface, relieves irritation, redness, promotes healing and even lifting effect. And it does not cause allergic reactions.
Mucin is a popular ingredient in Korean anti-age, moisturizing, and healing remedies.
On the label: Lanolin
Beauty experts with an irony call this component a “pseudo fat”. Because it looks like a fatty substance, similar to a thick ointment with an unpleasant smell. It is formed on the wool of sheep. After special treatment, pure lanolin is obtained, which is absolutely safe for humans. It perfectly nourishes the skin, softens and protects from external influences, so it can often be found in nourishing lip balm and hand creams. However, as a product of natural origin, it can cause allergies, and when used on the face, can clog pores.
- Soothing face cream with bee venom “Bee Venom Calming Fresh Cream”, Mizon
- Foot cream “Super Moisture from corns with urea”, Aravia Professional
- Lip Balm with Lanolin, Carmex
- Brightening face cream “Prime Youth White Snail Tone Up Cream with mucin”, Holika Holika
- Revitalizing agent with squalene from olive oil Effaclar H, La Roche-Posay
4. Shark liver
On the label: Squalane
Squalene is a very valuable substance, which is obtained from the liver of a deep-sea shark. It is also contained in human skin (more precisely, in sebum), so our body recognizes it as its own component. Squalene is perfectly absorbed and gives the skin silky and moisturizing without fatty shine. Squalene also perfectly softens the skin, smooths peeling, restores the stratum corneum and is used even in the treatment of burns.
However, squalene is rapidly oxidized, so in popular cosmetics, it is more likely to find its analog – squalane which is synthesized from plants. It retains all the useful properties of squalene, but is more stable.
5. Bee venom
On the label: Melittin
Bee venom contains a very useful “mix” of peptides and amino acids and has the ability to enhance the flow of blood to the area of the body on which it is applied. Therefore, the agent applied to the face with bee venom can significantly improve the complexion. It also has a lifting effect and is often found in the make-up cosmetics for the eye area.
It is gotten from real bees, but the producers claim that the insects do not die: a light discharge of electric current is carried through the glass panel. Which make the bees sting this surface.