A look at the bizarre ingredients that go into today’s beauty products
We dare you to have a try at some of these products with unexpected ingredients – who knows, maybe your skin will thank you for it.
Turmeric More than a key spice in making barbecues and curry, turmeric has the power to soothe irritation, tackle pesky blemishes and even give your skin a radiant glow. With a quick Google search, you’ll be able to find various DIY tutorials on how to utilise the spice but be warned because the yellow hues in the powder can temporarily stain the skin if overused. We suggest opting for Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque – it brightens dull and fatigued skin, with the turmeric minimising redness and delivering a youthful glow.
Available at all Kiehl’s (kiehlstimes.com.my) counters and stores. RM185. Horse oil The product that started the horse oil trend: The Guerisson9 Complex cream became a hot item a few years ago after being endorsed by Korean actress Honey Lee and now Lee Kwang Soo. Horse oil is made through the extraction of oils from horse fat, and because its properties are similar to the oils naturally produced by human skin, it’s more readily absorbed. A dream for anyone with dry skin, the cream is smooth and soft like butter, and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy. It promises to rejuvenate and soften skin while lightening hyper pigmentation and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. For those struggling with oily skin, opt for the lighter version of the cream, which eases up on the oil but has the same benefits.
Available at selected Watsons stores. RM84.15. Beer The myth of pouring beer into your hair for shinier and fuller locks has been around for decades. Have we tried it? No. But beer is said to be rich in proteins and vitamins – thanks to the natural barley and hops – and the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shining agent. If you’re not down to douse your hair with a bottle of beer but still want to give it a go, reach for shampoos like the Botanicus Beer and Hops shampoo that is made to strengthen hair and give it a natural shine. Incorporated with organic willow and walnut extract, it’ll revitalise follicles, add volume and even darken your hair.
Available through hermo.my. RM119.90. Snail mucin No, this doesn’t constitute to rubbing a snail on your face (gross). Having said that though, snail slime (or mucin) is packed with nutrients like hyaluronic acid, copper peptides and more – all the good things that should go on your face. A trendy ingredient in the Korean beauty world, snail mucin is best if you’re looking for anything anti-ageing – it helps stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, restores hydration and is great for getting rid of wrinkles, scars and age spots. Cosrx’s Advance Snail 92 All In One Cream works as a daily moisturiser that will keep your skin looking youthful. Made with all-natural 92 percent snail secretion filtrate, it’ll delay the signs of ageing and rejuvenate the skin.
Available through hermo.my. RM72.