Top 14 Unique Skin Care Products You Haven’t Thought to Try but Should
If you’ve spent any time browsing the skin care aisle lately, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of new products coming with some very unique, and sometimes downright strange, ingredients. It can be hard to know if it’s all just hype, or if these unique products might actually be useful to incorporate into your regimen. Here are 14 unique products that may seem a little weird but can actually be surprisingly beneficial to your beauty routine.
1. Charcoal Sheet Masks
Charcoal sheet masks are all the rage lately, and several beauty brands have come out with their own version. What can charcoal do for the skin? This ingredient has actually been used for centuries to detoxify the body and absorb poisons. When used in a sheet mask (or other skin care product), charcoal can actually absorb dirt and oil, making it especially useful for acne prone skin. Since it draws out impurities and detoxifies, it can brighten and smooth the skin, as well. This is one unique product everyone should consider incorporating into their routine for the Korean look of glass smooth, clear skin that glows from within.
2. Treatments Containing Yeast Extract
We all know that yeast is the ingredient that makes bread rise, but what good could that possibly do for our skin? Yeast is incredibly rich in antioxidants, minerals, proteins, and B vitamins. It also contains something called fibroblasts, which are similar to the cells that produce collagen, an essential component for skin elasticity. This fantastic combination of ingredients makes yeast extract very useful for firming the skin, reducing hyperpigmentation, and even calming redness.
3. Moisturizers and Treatments with Urea
What on earth is urea? It’s actually a laboratory created ingredient composed of carbon dioxide and ammonia. These two ingredients together form a powerful, yet gentle, exfoliant and humectant. Not only that, urea can help other ingredients penetrate the skin better, so it can actually make the other ingredients in your moisturizer or treatment more effective.
4. Caffeine Moisturizers and Treatments for the Eye Area
Most of us can’t live without our morning shot of caffeine, but we’ve never considered putting it on our face! Surprisingly, caffeine is filled with antioxidants, and it’s also a diuretic. That makes it excellent for de-puffing the eye are because it actually constricts the blood vessels.
5. Lanolin Moisturizers and Lip Products
Lanolin, made from sheep sebum, is cropping up in all kinds of moisturizers and lip products lately. This naturally derived ingredient can provide incredible moisturization to dehydrated lips and skin. It also gives the skin and lips a fantastic softness few other natural ingredients offer.
6. Placental Extract Toners and Creams
Yeah, putting placental extract on your face probably sounds kind of weird, and maybe a little gross, but it can be surprisingly beneficial. Toners and creams containing this unusual extract will be rich with its hyaluronic acid. Not only that, placentas contain hormones used to develop tissue and smooth, elastic skin. Products containing this ingredient can be effective for reducing fine lines and stimulating the production of collagen.
7. Lip and Skin Treatments Containing Pepper Spray
Pepper spray is a chemical that is extracted from chili peppers known for its burn. When its added to skin care products, it improves blood flow to the skin’s surface, which creates a plumping effect and a rosy glow.
8. Lip Gloss and Nail Polish with Guanine (Fish Scales)
Have you ever wondered how your lip gloss or nail polish got that gorgeous pearlescent effect? Chances are, crushed fished scales, aka guanine, have been added to the product for their light reflective properties. Guanine is becoming popular in shimmery body lotions and face creams, too.
9. Masks and Creams Made with Diatomaceous Earth
Food grade diatomaceous earth, or DE, is often recommended as a natural way to control pests around the home and garden. So, what’s it doing in your skin care products? Turns out, DE can also absorb oil and trap bacteria, so it’s extremely beneficial when used in products intended for acne and oil control. Those are some fantastic benefits from an ingredient that’s totally safe and natural!
10. Blushes Made with Carmine (Cochineal Beetles)
If you love a pretty red lipstick or rosy blush, chances are it contains carmine, which is made from powdered cochineal beetles. This key ingredient of red dye has the excellent benefit of being completely natural, safe, and free of chemicals.
11. Creams made with Dragon’s Blood
This ingredient isn’t really blood at all. It’s actually a bright red resin that comes from certain plants. It has been used for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Modern skin care companies now add it to products for its ability to reduce inflammation and calm redness.
12. Serums Containing Snail Mucin
Putting snail slime on your face probably sounds pretty crazy to most people, but serums containing this natural ingredient pack some pretty powerful benefits. It’s full of antioxidants and proteins plus glycolic acid and elastin. These products will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, reduce photoaging, smooth the skin, and stimulate the production of collagen. That’s a lot of benefit from one product!
13. Serums and Moisturizers made with Glucosamine (Bone Marrow)
Bone marrow, or glucosamine, is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and beneficial acids. Bone marrow oil can penetrate the skin easily to form a protective moisture barrier. Usually, this natural ingredient is derived from chicken bones and added to serums and moisturizers.
14. Bee Venom Moisturizer and Lip Treatments
Intentionally putting bee venom, or melittin, on your lips and skin probably sounds a little crazy, but this ingredient is commonly found in products intended to produce a plumping effect. It encourages blood flow at the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Look for these products if you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Although these unique products may sound a little bizarre at first, they can actually provide some fantastic benefits. Not only that, most of these ingredients are completely natural, which is something we are all looking for in our products these days.