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.

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Contents - By Alisha Azud­din

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.

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