Snail slime

Skeptics will be quick to ask wether snail extract is just a scam. However, beauty geeks will claim that it is a truly effective anti-ageing product! The common snail, found in our gardens, secretes a substance that promotes skin regeneration and can minimise the effect of premature skin ageing, induced by free radical damage.

One scientific study looked at the effect of using snail mucin on human keratinocytes (a type of skin cell), and found that it might actually promote skin regeneration through encouraging cell growth and proliferation.

Another research group carried out a trial looking at how snail mucin could help photoaged skin. Excessive exposure to UV light causes premature ageing of the skin (another good reason to stay away from the tanning beds!) and reversing this process is tricky to say the least, so it is an area of great interest in the beauty world! Their results showed treatment with snail slime decreased wrinkles around the eyes of the patients, helping them to turn back that ageing clock! Looks like the skeptics may be wrong after all!

This one has divided opinions among the Beauty Geeks, but if you are willing to try this in the name of beauty, we have recommended a product to get you started –

Dr Organic Snail Gel

Urea

Urea is a compound found in urine. We know you’re all now wondering how it can possibly be used in the beauty industry! Well, urea is a naturally occurring moisturizing agent found in the outermost layer of our skin. This layer works hard to keep the skin hydrated and prevent water evaporating away. Applying urea topically to the skin has been shown to boost hydration of the skin as well as improving its barrier function, keeping it more hydrated for longer. Hydrated skin cells look plump and healthy, giving the skin a smoother complexion.

Additionally, due to its moisturizing properties, urea has also been used in topical medications to treat conditions like eczema and psoriasis! Click here if you would like to find out more about urea.

If you are interested in products containing urea, we have listed several below –

Skin Perfecting 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid Exfoliant

Udderly Smooth Extra Care Unscented Moisturising Cream

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Algae

Algae produce a wide variety of secondary metabolites, which possess many different biological activities, meaning it has many uses in the beauty world! Algae extracts can exert a tightening effect on the skin and can stimulate collagen synthesis, which supports tissue regeneration and wrinkle reduction, for younger looking skin.

Fucoidan, is a polysaccharide derived from brown algae, and has been shown to be able to inhibit MMP’s. These are the enzymes responsible for degrading our beloved collagen, meaning algae can actually prevent premature ageing of our skin by preventing sagging skin and keeping it looking plump and healthy!

Algae also boasts anti-oxidant properties. Antioxidants can help combat free radical damage that is responsible for the visible (as well as hidden) signs of ageing, helping to fight of signs of premature skin ageing.

If you want to try products containing algae, we have included some below –

Crème de la Mer Moisturising Cream

Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream

Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask

Illamasqua’s Hydra Veil Hydrating Gel

Dragon’s blood

Although it sounds like it’s come straight out of a potions lab, it’s actually the red sap obtained from the Amazonian sangre de drago tree.

The sap contains Taspine, a cicatrizant molecule that works to promote healing. Not a bad start to a beauty regime! Dragon’s blood has astringent properties. Astringents simply cause skin cells to contract, tightening up the skin to give it a more youthful, smoother appearance.

The ‘dragon’s blood’ sap also contains polyphenols, which are renowned in the beauty world for their antioxidant properties which fend off free radicals damage which has the potential to cause the cellular damage which is thought to be to blame for the development of those dreaded wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Click here to find out more about Dragon’s Blood.

Below are some products containing Dragon’s Blood –

Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Product Range

Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum

Caffeine

Caffeine is being increasingly used in cosmetics due to its high biological activity and ability to penetrate the skin’s barrier. Extracts from coffee have a wide spectrum of actions so can be used in many kinds of cosmetics (not to mention their role in getting us out of bed on a morning).

Caffeine has been used to improve the appearance of cellulite due to its ability to accelerate the drainage of the lymph system from fatty tissue, improve microcirculation of the blood in the capillaries and activates lipolysis (the process of breaking down fat). To find out more about the science behind cellulite, click here

Caffeine is also used in hair care products to promote hair growth and increase thickness of hair. It works by blocking the hormone that encourages the hair follicles to go into the growth arrest phase and so promotes the growth phase.

Below are some products containing Caffeine you may be interested in –

Frank’s Coffe Scrub

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo 

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