7 crazy ingredients you won't believe are in your beauty products

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We do a lot of things in the name of beauty—we've lasered our arm hair off,dripped coconut water down our forehead for a solid 30 minutes, and replaced our entire beauty regimen with men's products. Being an experiential bunch, we're usually the first to volunteer as tribute for whatever strange fad is happening or play guinea pig to test the latest It product. Suffice to say, our medicine cabinets are a diverse stockpile of some of the wildest and wackiest products we've ever come across, but it turns out our own peculiar collections don't even hold a candle to some products out there.

After doing a bit of digging, we found some unique ingredients we never thought would be formulated inside a beauty product. Some of these ingredients may already exist in products you own or are hidden in items you've passed by on the shelves a bunch of times over, while others are a little more obvious (while still quite alarming). Below, check out some of the craziest ingredients found in cosmetics and skincare.

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7 crazy ingredients you won't believe are in your beauty products

Bee Venom

Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask ($85)

It makes sense—when you get a bee sting, your skin becomes inflamed, so putting the venom on your face would probably plump it up, right? (We've talked about bee venom before and how Kate Middleton swears by it—which is pretty much a good enough reason for us to give it a shot). The purified bee venom claims to rejuvenate skin, repair damaged cells, and prevent sun damage, so we're dying to know whether it's worth all the buzz.


Salmon Egg Enzymes

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment ($45)

We've seen salmon eggs on sushi, but placed inside our skincare? Sounds a bit fishy (again, sorry). However, the Perricone website explains that workers in a hatchery in Norway discovered that their hands looked younger than the rest of their body, which was due in part to continually placing their hands in cold water filled with the enzyme left over after the salmon broke free from their eggshells (similar to this discovery of the benefits of sake). 



Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches($75)

Would you believe that 24-karat gold skincare products actually exist? These new eye patches claim that their gilded formula lifts and firms the delicate under-eye area. Gold-infused products obviously have a steep price tag and may seem like an unnecessary luxury, but this editor actually saw less puffiness and fewer under-eye circles after using them.


Dragon's Blood

Rodial Dragon's Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream ($72)

Aside from being a Kylie Jenner–approved ingredient, dragon's blood is a resin tapped from the red sap of the sangre de drago tree. It's been used for centuries in various ways, like in dyes and medicines, but was found to have anti-inflammatory and protective properties that make it a must-have for skincare.


Mushroom Extract

Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer ($32)

Bet you didn't think your favorite primer had mushrooms inside of it (Chinese mushroom extract, that is). Turns out quite a few products have the moisturizing ingredient that also evens skin tone.


Snail Mucus

Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Hydro Gel Mask ($17)

This one sounds pretty gross, but turns out the use of snails on the skin dates back to ancient Greece. Snail secretions are rich in hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, but there is little significant research indicating the benefits of snail mucus on the skin. What's your take on the slimy ingredient?



Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ($37)

Several studies have looked into the benefits of incorporating algae into cosmetics, noting that algae is rich in vitamins and minerals essential for human health. As such, many cosmetic companies have jumped on the bandwagon to utilize the deep-sea goo. 


What's a unique ingredient you swear by? Please tell us below!

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