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14 Bizarre Skin Care Ingredients That Are Actually Amazing

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The adage warned that “beauty is pain,” but it didn’t say anything about it being absurd. Perhaps that’s because some of the most peculiar ingredients in skin care today are wildly beneficial and not really as ridiculous as they seem. Check out 14 of the most shocking things you can find in common products, and embrace the weirdness along with the benefits.

 

  1. 1. Bee Venom, aka Melittin
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    1. Bee Venom, aka Melittin

    Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser corrects, repairs and prevents the signs of aging as it hydrates and firms your skin. Bee Venom extract and plant stem cells diminish fine lines and wrinkles while Juvinity complex extents the life of your lipid cells to prevent moisture loss. Vitamins A, C and E protect collagen, accelerate cell growth and brighten your
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  2. 2. Bone Marrow, aka Glucosamine
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    2. Bone Marrow, aka Glucosamine

    Dermalogica AGE Smart Power Rich restores firmness, elasticity and radiance to dull, prematurely aging complexions. Powered by a three-phase formula, this anti-aging cream counters photodamage, signs of aging and moisture loss. Gentle enough for pre and post-operation skin.Key Benefits: * Phase 1: Biostimulating Botanicals - Power Rich™: contains an active blend of biostimulating botanicals that treat the loss of strength, elasticity and moisture in skin tissues. A seaweed concentrate is blended in an herbal base of skin-firming Wheat Protein Extract, skin smoothing Kukui Nut and Apricot
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  3. 3. Snail Mucus, aka Mucin
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    3. Snail Mucus, aka Mucin

    Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40 features an advanced biorepair complex to significantly reduce and prevent the visible signs of aging. SCA growth factors, derived from snail secretions, dramatically regenerates skin tissue by stimulating youthful cell growth to smooth wrinkles, boost collagen and elastin and maintain moisture levels. Prescribed dosage of the individual ampoules shows results in as little as 7 days.Learn more on the blog: I Applied Snail Serum to My Face, and Then This Happened
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  4. 4. Dragon's Bloood, aka Croton Lechleri
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    4. Dragon's Bloood, aka Croton Lechleri

    Rodial Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel is a firming formula that visibly plumps up sagging skin. The firming gel creates a coating over skin that reduces redness and smoothes out imperfections for a youthful complexion. Dragon's blood, the key ingredient in this formulation contains phytotherapeutic actives that protect against free radical damage, and also encourage new cell
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  5. 5. Cochineal Beetles, aka Carmine/ Carminic Acid

  6. 6. Dynamite, aka Diatomaceous Earth/Diatornite

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  7. 7. Fish Scales, aka Guanine

  8. 8. Pepper Spray, aka Oleoresin Capsicum/Capsaicin

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  9. 9. Placenta, aka Placental Extract

  10. 10. Sheep Sebum, aka Lanolin

  11. 11. Caffeine, aka Caffeine Anhydrous
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    11. Caffeine, aka Caffeine Anhydrous

    Nourish signs of sun damage, skin inflammation and irritation with minimal effort and total comfort through 100% Pure Caffeine Mask set. Utilizing a powerful combination of completely natural ingredients, each potent mask delivers a beautiful boost of energy and imparts an entirely covetable complexion. Soothing signs of irritation, restoring vital hydration and using only the best that Mother Nature has to offer to rewind signs of stress and fatigue, these one-time-use masks take only minutes of your time for visibly long-lasting results.Uniquely engineered with a 95% water and 5% plant
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  12. 12. Urea, aka Hydroxyethyl/Hydrovance
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    12. Urea, aka Hydroxyethyl/Hydrovance

    Say goodbye to "chicken skin" with KP Duty. Their cult classic, dermatologist formulated moisturizing therapy helps improve the appearance of dry, rough, bumpy skin concerns (suitable for keratosis pilaris prone skin). Contains a patented blend of AHAs, BHA, urea and green tea plus PHAs to help chemically exfoliate dry skin to reveal a smooth, healthy complexion. While 8 essential ceramides and skin lipids and soothing botanicals protect and replenish dry, sensitive, challenged skin. Skin feels smoother, softer, silky and supple. Ideal for use year-round as a moisturizer for body, arms, legs,
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  13. 13. Yeast, aka Yeast Extract/Beta Glucan
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    13. Yeast, aka Yeast Extract/Beta Glucan

    Achieve smoother and more radiant-looking skin with Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. Gentle enough for various skin types, this anti-aging treatment is formulated with purified grade lactic acid that works to clear skin and produce natural collagen. Ingredients like licorice, lemongrass and aloe help you achieve an even complexion while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Key Ingredients: * High Potency, Purified Grade Lactic Acid (5%): plumps lines and exfoliates dead skin cells to reveal smoother, clearer and more youthful-looking skin * Licorice:
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  14. 14. Charcoal, aka Carbon

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Marilyn Oliveira

Marilyn is a writer, editor and content creator whose work has ranged from editing Inside Weddings magazine to launching the content section of Evite.com. A California native and UCLA Bruin, Marilyn loves seeing live theatre and attending outdoor movie screenings, as well as hiking local trails with her dog, Luca Brasi. She believes regular mani-pedis are a must – not a luxury – and her go-to beauty product is Le Volume de Chanel mascara.