4 Weird Ingredients That Are Lurking In Your Skincare Products

by Gio
4 weird skincare ingredients

Things I wouldn’t do for beauty:

  • Botox (if it involves a needle, I’m running in the opposite direction as fast as my legs are carrying me)
  • Tea detox (it doesn’t work anyway)
  • Slathering nightingale poop all over my face (yes, that’s a thing)

Look, I’m all for experimenting and trying new stuff that could keep your skin young and flawless (if they’re science-approved). But, some trends are just taking it too far.

I get it that brands want to keep it interesting, but bird poo? REALLY? That’s not even the weirdest thing that’s lurking in your skincare products right now. You can find all sorts of gross stuff in there these days.

Here are the top 4 (according to yours truly) weird ingredients in skincare right now:


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Weird Skincare Ingredient #1: Placenta

Yep, the organ that connects a woman (or a mammal) to her baby. Its job is too feed the fetus and allow the wee thing to dispose of waste (yes, babies make waste even in the belly).

The good news is, you’re not slathering human placenta all over your skin. The type used in cosmetics is derived from cows (it’s purified, by the way). But, why?

Placenta contains vitamins, minerals and proteins that have moisturizing and antioxidant properties. They hydrate skin and make it more elastic.

The dark side (apart from the gross factor)? Placenta is full of hormones that could potentially cause problems (think premature breast growth in toddlers and risk of developing certain types of cancer).

Weird Skincare Ingredient #2: Snail Slime

I blame the Koreans for this. The Brazilians may have discovered its super moisturizing properties, but it’s the Koreans who made it famous.

Snail slime contains allantoin, a soothing substance that regenerates snail shells when they get damaged. It works for humans, too. If you have any wounds on your skin, snail slime will help them heal faster.

It’s very moisturizing, too. It can make even the driest, flakiest of skin soft and healthy in a few days. But, I’d rather stick to natural oils. You know…

Related: What’s snail slime doing in your skincare products?

Weird Skincare Ingredient #3: Nightingale Poop

Legend has it it was geishas who noticed how good nightingale’s poo is at clearing up their complexions (don’t ask me why they even tried it in the first place. Ewww).

Now, a spa in New York offers a offers a Geisha facial that is supposed to soften and brighten your skin. For $180, you can have bird’s poo slathered all over your face.

In case you’re wondering, yes, it works. Nightingale’s poo contains guanine, one of the four bases found in DNA. Guanine is iridescent, so it brightens your skin very well.

Plus, the poo also contains urea, a humectant that draws moisture from the environment into your skin, helping to keep it hydrated for hours.

P.S. There are plenty of non-yucky ingredients that do the same thing. No need to put poo on your skin to make it glow, ladies!

Related: Why Geisha Facials Are A Waste Of Money

Weird Skincare Ingredient #4: Sperm

This is not an urban legend. Sperm makes your skin younger.

Sperm contains spermine, an antioxidant that’s said to help with acne, too. If you have $250 to waste, you can look for a spa that offers a sperm facial.

I have no intention of trying it ever, but if I did, I can think of more fun (and free) ways to get my fix. Ahem…

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Would you try these weird ingredients in the name of beauty or do they gross you out too much? Leave a comment and let you know.

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14 comments

Connie November 17, 2009 - 2:46 pm

no bird poo for me! and I’d be stupid to pay $250 for sperm facial… Lol. regular ingredients will do!
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mimi November 17, 2009 - 4:27 pm

uhm..no thanks! hahahhaa that’s so crazyyyy!!!

hi! i hope you don’t mind if i add you =))
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Dao November 17, 2009 - 5:01 pm

Sperm facial? No, please!
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beautifulwithbrains November 17, 2009 - 6:52 pm

Connie, I feel exactly the same. Would never pay so much for such gross ingredients when the regular one work just as well.

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beautifulwithbrains November 17, 2009 - 6:53 pm

Mimi, I agree, this stuff is too weird and off-putting.

And of course I don’t mind, thank you for adding me 😉

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beautifulwithbrains November 17, 2009 - 6:54 pm

Dao, I agree with you 100% 😉 I would never do that.

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Citrine November 17, 2009 - 9:36 pm

Actually (some/many?) people in China do save up the (human) placenta for the mother to eat (of course not raw) after giving birth…and I believe it has been more than 10 years since they had made those Swiss lamb placenta injection…

I think I will just stick to/try the healthy diet and workout thing…

Why are they synthesizing sperm? I though it’s widely available…and how in the world did they find out it’s supposed to help acne…Ewwww

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Anna November 18, 2009 - 8:59 am

Isn’t the nightingale poop facial something Victoria Beckam does? I seem to remember hearing about it on the radio when she came to Milan! That’s why she looks like s…!!! Hahahaha! Sorry, I couldn’t help it! I actually don’t think she looks bad at all! As for snails…well, snail syrup is actually really great as a cough treatment, my little son loves it and benefits from it when he has bad coughs! (obviously, it’s not snail juice in a bottle, but it does contain some snaily stuff!). As for placenta…I think at this point it’s better to keep the human one for stem cells (unfortunately I could not do that for my baby!) and sperm…I won’t even comment on that! xx
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Jenn November 18, 2009 - 10:05 am

Poop, sperm, whats with these people and human / animal excretion? YUCK!! >.<

I'll stick to the regular stuff, thankyouverymuch! 😀
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beautifulwithbrains November 18, 2009 - 11:12 am

Citrine, I heard that some people eat the placenta after giving birth but personally I find that very gross. That’s not something I’d want to eat or put on my skin. Like you, I’d rather eat healthy and work out.

And I’m not sure I wanna know the answers to those qustions about sperm…

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Tavia November 18, 2009 - 12:46 pm

OMG 250$ for a cream that contains sperm? :)) Who would pay so much money for something they can have for free (I’m joking) 🙂 but sounds weird 🙂
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beautifulwithbrains November 18, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Anna, I didn’t know Victoria Beckham has that facial done but it doesn’t surprise me. I hope it’s not true though, that’s gross.
I didn’t know snail syrup existed. The thought of it is a bit off-putting but I’m glad it makes your son feel better 🙂
I agree with you on the placenta and I’m sorry you couldn’t do that. Laws aren’t always very fair here in Italy 🙁

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beautifulwithbrains November 18, 2009 - 5:07 pm

Tavia, $250 is for the facial, I think creams with sperm are a bit less expensive but still, that’s crazy! And weird, I agree. I’m sure many men would give theirs away for free though lol (joking).

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beautifulwithbrains November 19, 2009 - 3:20 pm

Jenn, I agree with you. The thought of putting those things on your face is so off-putting, esp when normal ingredients work just as well.

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