10 Unusual Skin Care Ingredients you may have not heard of!

It has been really long time since I wrote to you. Green Lady is back with some useful tips, advice and interesting info!

Chamomile, Lavender, Aloe Vera...Who is among us have not heard about any of these?! None! Let's have a look this time on some unusual skin care ingredients. Perhaps not very well-known, but very effective when it comes to preserving your natural beauty.

1. Snail Mucus, aka Mucin

The slime excreted by snails (known as snail mucin) helps them to heal cuts and protect against bacteria and UV rays. It's rich in proteins, hyaluronic acid, antimicrobials, and copper peptides, which (for human use) help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, protect from free radicals, soothe inflammation, repair damaged tissues, and improve hydration – leading to clearer, brighter, smoother skin. For all that, Snail mucin is best known for its anti-aging properties. Cosmetic snail slime is normally harvested from lab-grown common garden snails or Cornu Aspersum (previously Helix Aspersa), which is considered an agricultural pest. 

2. Activated Charcoal:

A well know ancient recipe to absorb poisons from the body before they can enter the bloodstream, charcoal is enjoying a reputation as a toxin-absorbing, oil-collecting, dirt-grabbing ingredient in an array of face masks and cleansers. The surface of activated charcoal, filled with millions of tiny pores, has a negative charge that attracts and binds to positively-charged toxicants. In addition to removing impurities, activated charcoal's slightly gritty texture makes it a great option for gentle exfoliation. Activated charcoal, again with its adsorptive quality, can bind to these impurities and excess oil, while gently loosening deeply-ingrained particles with its gritty texture. Using activated charcoal as a mask and scrub can help loosen the debris clogging up your pores. In addition, it will also absorb any foreign impurities that may have slipped into your enlarged pores.

Live the Nature is featuring some products with activated charcoal:

Brickell Purifying Charcoal Face Wash for Men

Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

3. Coffee

Coffee's antioxidant power, flavonoids, are released when brewed. The protective antioxidant benefits of coffee also extend to your hair and skin. When applied topically via eye creams, the caffeine in coffee helps reduce undereye puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling. Not only are coffee grounds ideal for making a natural and inexpensive homemade body scrub, they're also effective without being harsh. Caffeine has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. In a 1981 study performed by a University in South Korea showed that caffeine is able to reduce inflammation almost as well as aspirin. 

We discovered a Coffee Scrub from the Thai brand Gold Bar:

Gold Bar Espresso Fix - Coffee Body scrub

4. Bee Venom

The bee venom is used nowadays as an ingredient in eye creams, lip plumpers, and skin-firming moisturizers. Honeybee venom is used cosmetically to 'fool' the skin into thinking it has been lightly stung with a bee. This causes the body to direct blood towards the area and stimulates the production of the naturally-occurring chemicals collagen and elastin.

Collagen strengthens body tissue while elastin is the protein that helps the skin to remain taut and bounce back into shape after being pressed or pinched. 

5. Gold

Gold nanoparticles have been used in the past in pharmaceutical and medical uses, but it is only recently that cosmetic brands are seeking patents for gold nanoparticles to use them for cosmetic formulation.The ions present in gold help in stimulating the cells, nerves, and veins in your body. This leads to improved blood circulation. This will increase the metabolism of skin cells and secretion of the waste. Gold can help to stimulate the cells and have a healthy skin. Collagen is naturally produced in your body which keeps the body flexible. It is responsible for giving smooth skin and shining hair. The collagen level in the body starts depleting from the age of 25 and this is when you notice the changes on your skin. Skincare with gold can slow down the depletion of collagen level in your skin cells.

Some of the best-selling products from Gold Bar: 

Gold Bar Gold Collagen Serum

Gold Bar Gold Collagen Face Scrub

Gold Bar Gold Collagen Soap

6. Dead Sea Mud 

In ancient days, Dead Sea mud was used by pharaohs and queens like Cleopatra to get better skin. Ancient people would soak their skin in the waters of the Dead Sea to obtain relief from their ailments and to restore their good health. Today, tourists flood the area to receive the restorative benefits of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is unique due to its high concentrations of salts and minerals. It is particularly rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, and calcium. Use of Dead Sea mud has been studied in connection with health benefits and healing properties for physical ailments. Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne can be controlled by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin's pH balance. 

7. Dragon's Blood

Don't mistake this for the kind of blood used in vampire facials. In fact, it's not even blood at all.

Throughout much of the Amazon rainforest, Dragon's blood, called both Sangre de Drago and Sangre de Grado, is the primary topical aid for just about anything bad that can happen to the skin. Cuts, bites, burns, stings, rashes, abrasions, sores, and wounds and skin insults of all kinds benefit from the application of the healing red latex of this tree. The sap is rich in protective antioxidant phenols, and anti-inflammatory compounds of various kinds. Due to these compounds, Dragon's blood sap helps to protect the cells of the skin and reduces redness and swelling. It also contains a group of compounds called proanthocyanidins, which actually repair collagen. 

8. Butterfly Pea

Butterfly Pea is an ancient Thai herbal plant. Its flower has three different colors - white, blue, and purple. It is not only beautiful but also used as a medicinal herb. Butterfly Pea provides anthocyanin to improve eyesight, treats ophthalmitis and eye infections, nourishes hair, provides antioxidants and boost body immunity. The antioxidant contained in Butterfly Pea called proanthocyanidin improves the flow of blood through the capillaries in the scalp and prevents hair fall. Butterfly pea tea has been proven to have anti-glycation properties. Glycation is a damage caused to protein because of sugar molecules and it is one of the main causes of skin ageing. Butterfly pea tea prevents this damage and helps prevent premature ageing of our skin. 

For those who are craving for exotic products check the latest shampoo from Gold Bar:

Gold Bar Hair Lock Shampoo (Butterfly Pea)

9. Caviar

 

The same enzyme that baby salmon release into the water when hatching from their eggs has been shown to act as a natural and gentle exfoliant when applied to human skin. Dead cells are dissolved while healthy cells are left intact, freeing the skin of the redness and inflammation that are sometimes associated with the use of other enzyme-based products. Dullness is sloughed away, fine lines and wrinkles are diminished and hyperpigmentation is lightened. Caviar extracts taken from fish eggs are lauded for being rich in vitamins, hydrating the skin and supporting cell turnover as well as lifting and firming.

 And yes, Gold Bar is known for using caviar extract in its night mask: 

Gold Bar Gold Caviar Peel-off Mask

10. Bird’s Nest Extract:

Bird's nest is one of the most difficult natural products to harvest and therefore is also one of the most expensive consumed by humans. This essential ingredient comes from the nest built by the male swiftlet, a kind of swallow along the inner walls of sea caves. The skin benefits of bird's nest have made it an essential ingredient in some of today's Asian beauty products, particularly in tonics and face masks. When combined with collagen, bird's nest can transform dull and wrinkled skin into a vision of luminosity and youthful radiance. Users swear that the skin is nourished and hydrated, softening it to keep it young-looking. Some bird's nest beauty products also contain hyaluronic acid which aids in smoothening wrinkles and promotes skin hydration.