You Have to Try These Unexpected Skin Care Routines
If you think applying coconut oil or a homemade yogurt-and-honey mask to your face is progressive, just wait until you learn about this new wave of beauty regimens that may have you blinking in disbelief.
These seven unexpected skin care routines feature strange but beneficial ingredients that promise to perk up your complexion and smooth over flaws and fine lines in no time flat — which means you should try them, stat. Botox is so last century.
1. The incredible, edible egg
Not only is the egg incredible and edible, it’s also back in action as a superhero for your skin. Eggs are a natural source of protein, including skin-tightening albumin and collagen, both of which can help fight inflammation along with fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity. Sure, you can whip up an egg white into a frothy foam and apply it as a mask. But, if you’re not into that sort of raw thing — or the salmonella risk — try an egg white-infused product instead. The ingredient is showing up in everything from face wash to creams, serums, and masks. Let’s look at some options.
Too Cool For School Egg Mousse Pack
Korean brand Too Cool For School has a Mousse Pack, a whipped foam facial mask made from egg white and egg yolk extracts. According to the brand, it transforms rough, dull skin into a smooth, radiant complexion in as little as five minutes.
Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser
Mizon, a brand developed by some of Korea’s most prestigious beauty researchers, has a Bubble Cleanser formulated with 3,200 milligrams of egg-white extract, AHAs, and enzymes that work to deep-clean pores while removing makeup and increasing firmness.
2. Dragon’s blood
Sometimes going out and slaying a dragon seems easier than conquering a skin care regimen that’s both effective and manageable. But you won’t need to have a Game of Thrones moment to make use of the fantasy ingredient known as dragon’s blood. The ingredient is actually deep crimson-hued sap from the Croton lechleri, found in the Amazon rainforest.
It’s rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, and supposedly helps stimulate collagen production in the skin. In fact, according to Medicine Hunter, the sap is the primary topical aid for just about anything bad that can happen to your skin.
Rodial Dragon Blood Eye Masks
Famous songstress Ellie Goulding would have to agree, as she’s been quoted saying, “Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are seriously good.” These masks are said to combine expertise in bio-cellulose technology — acting like a second skin — with dragon’s blood complex to intensely hydrate and moisturize the delicate eye area while de-puffing.
Nip + Fab Dragon Blood Fix Plumping Serum
Kylie Jenner also uses dragon’s blood. “In the morning I always use Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Serum as it is the most amazing base for my makeup and is super moisturizing,” she said. The serum also features velvet flowers for an intensive, hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper. Say so long to fine lines.
3. Nightingale facial
Sometimes referred to as the Geisha or Japanese facial, the nightingale facial sounds pretty harmless, right? It’s almost romantic with thoughts of delicate white birds floating about. Well, the secret ingredient is actually bird poo — yes, that’s right. It’s made from the droppings of a special breed of nightingale native to the Japanese island of Kyushu.
The skin care routine actually dates back several centuries, when Geishas found the droppings could be used not only to remove their heavy makeup, but also to brighten and heal their skin. The facial is also said to have anti-aging qualities as well as being highly effective in treating acne scars. Victoria Beckham is a fan, and so is Tom Cruise.
Uguisu Poo Uguisu No Fun Illuminating Mask
If your local spa isn’t using the power of nightingale excrement quite yet, you can duplicate the effects at home with the Uguisa Poo mask, which promises a dramatic improvement in skin tone, pore size, acne, acne scars, discolorations, and overall skin complexion. Don’t worry: The product is UV sterilized and is 100% free of dirt and bacteria.
4. Snake venom
No need to be a snake charmer to wield the powerful effects of the reptilian venom. It’s said to be nearly Botox-like for its face-freezing effect — apparently, even Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan. But before you get too frightened at the thought of slathering poison on your face, know companies like Rodial have found a way to mimic the venom.
Rodial Snake Booster Oil
Check out the Booster Oil, a concentrated, hydrating facial oil for targeting expression lines and wrinkles. It uses Rodial’s Syn-Ake dipeptide to mimic the effects of the temple viper’s venom, giving a mild freeze-like effect to the skin, thus reducing expression line contractions to smooth and firm the skin. The brand also has a Serum, along with several other serpentine products that promise to do your skin good. That doesn’t sound so bad, after all.
5. Snail slime
Savoring escargots as a delicacy is one thing, but how about the snail slime they leave behind? We venture back to Korea for this skin care trend, as the Mizon brand is also harnessing the snail angle. In case you’re wondering, the secretion that snails leave behind is collected and purified into a powder in a laboratory environment. That slime is apparently packed with nutrients, such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial peptides, and proteoglycans (fillers that plump).
Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
The Mizon brand has a whole product line of the slime stuff. The Intensive Ampoule is formulated with 80% of the famous snail mucus and works to minimize acne scarring, prevent breakouts, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
6. 24-carat gold
While some may not be sold on snail slime and nightingale poop, the 24 carat gold treatment probably sounds much more appealing. Forget diamonds — gold is a girl’s best friend here. The precious metal is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that are said to protect against free radicals and reduce fine lines and redness while stimulating skin cells. Plus, the golden flakes can create a glowing complexion.
La Prairie Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold
To add the Midas touch to your skin care, look no further than Cellular Radiance Concentrate Pure Gold, a revitalizing serum that i’s designed to fill wrinkles within one hour and revitalize skin. But it doesn’t come cheap, ringing in at $675.
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Mask
If pure gold concentrate is a bit rich for your blood, look to Peter Thomas Roth for a full line of the 24-carat good stuff. The 24K Gold Mask is an anti-aging treatment, infused with pure 24-carat gold and colloidal gold to help improve the appearance of firmness and impart an opulent glow.
You may have heard about the potential benefits of ingesting the placenta or making it into pills among the mommy set, but what about applying it to your skin? The amino acids, vitamins, and minerals in the afterbirth are said to foster a clear and radiant complexion, according to Korean brand Mizon. In their Placenta 45 Serum, Mizon features a nutritional formula containing 45% mammal-sourced placenta in a potent blend of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin.
Rodial Bee Venom and Placenta 24 Carat Gold Ultimate Crème
Rodial also has their own version — the Bee Venom and Placenta 24 Carat Gold Ultimate Crème — that supposedly acts on 10 visible signs of aging while adding in the gold factor, too. And, just like that snake venom, the bee venom is said to control muscle contractions to reduce expression lines and increase blood circulation.