#1 Bird poop
This isn’t exactly a new development – nightingale droppings have been used by Japanese geishas since the 17th century but it’s been recently revived by some salons and favoured by celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and Harry Styles. Using powdered versions of poop from nightingales which hail from the Japanese island of Kyushu, these droppings are said to aid in skin repair and has anti-ageing properties, as well as skin lightening properties.
#2 Bee venom
We doubt anyone would fancy getting stung by a bee, but in controlled volumes, increases blood circulation and gives skin a plumping and firming effect, which in turns help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. It’s believed that the rush of blood to the area it is applied also stimulates collagen and elastic production.
#3 Snail mucus
Made from the slime which snails produce, it’s said that this unlikely skincare ingredient contains hyaluronic acid, glocoprotein, proteoglycan and copper peptides. It has good hydration properties and aid in skin repair, and collagen synthesis. Snail creams, serums and sheet masks are especially popular in Korean skincare.
#4 Sheep placenta
Stem cells extracted from sheep placenta is believed to possess the ability to repair any type of cells in the body. When topically applied, they can stimulate repair and regeneration with increase in collagen synthesis. They can be found in creams, serums and masks.
#5 Shark Liver Oil
Shark liver oil, or more commonly listed as ‘squalane’ in skincare ingredients, helps in skin’s moisture retention. Even though it’s an oil, it absorbs quickly and does not clog pores. It’s also known to be an excellent anti-ageing ingredient for its ability to penetrate deep into skin and lighten dark marks over time.
Squalane can be derived from both shark liver, and sometimes olive oil as well. The yield of squalane is quite low for olive oil, so expect to shell out more for products containing plant-derived squalane.
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