APRIL 30 2009 08:32h
Ingredients from plant, animal and human origin often find their way into the laboratory where expensive wrinkle creams are made.
Do you know anyone who is happy when a bird drops its droppings on them? Even though some say it is luck, many will be angry because the bird ruined their clothes. However, one New York cosmetic salon offers facial treatments called “geisha” which is based on that interesting ingredient. The main ingredient of the cosmetic mixture which is applied for 60 minutes, and costs 180 dollars, is nightingale droppings mixed with rice bran, which neutralises the unpleasant smell.
Snakes, frogs and goat milk in anti-wrinkle creams
It is not so surprising that this ingredient is one of the many bizarre ingredients used, because nightingale droppings have been used by geishas in ancient Japan. It was of great help for healing wounds.
After bird droppings, snake poison and snail slime, which is also used for younger and nicer looks, frog skin has gained its place amongst the bizarre methods the cosmetic industry uses.
Scientists in South Korea have revealed that frog skin has a large amount of antioxidants which help in the battle of eliminating the effects of free radicals on the skin, which are considered to be one of the key causes of the skin aging, which causes wrinkles. It is believed that peptide will be cheaper and simpler to manufacture than synthetic vitamin E, which is also one of the more important ingredients in nearly all anti-wrinkle creams. Considering that the frog ingredient is soluble in water, it is planned for use in “beauty” drinks and other liquid products for beauty.
Extracts from plants, animals and even people
Even ingredients from the kitchen have found their way into the cosmetic industry. Chilli peppers are one of them. Scientists have taken the feeling of heat that hot peppers cause and used that effect on the skin when they added it to shower gels and nasal sprays. Now they are adding it to acetyl peptide, acai berries and collagen, in order to create new anti-wrinkle formulas.
Hot chilli pepper extract increases the blood flow and absorption on the surface of the skin, so the useful ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin and have a better effect. Acai berries are a natural source of collagen that is used in most famous anti-wrinkle creams today. If some people are not asking if the hot chilli peppers sting on the skin, the answer is no, because they are used in small quantities.
Besides the use of animal and plant extracts in the cosmetic industry, some human ingredients are also used. You read well. Scientists have revealed that the placenta has a series of active natural ingredients that are already used in some creams. Extracts from the placenta are mixed with collagen, fruit oils and proteins from sweet almonds, which has great results.
Extracts from the placenta contain 16 various amino acids, including glycerine, which are essential foodstuffs for the body and natural protection which is proven during the nine months of pregnancy.
Maybe the most incredible ingredient used in the cosmetic industry is the foreskin left over after circumcision, because it is full of fibroblast which is used to heal serious burns. The creams that contain it prompt the skin to renew itself and reduce wrinkles, but are very expensive and are only used by very rich clients like Oprah Winfrey, who presented it in one of her shows.
Anyhow, if you are squeamish and if you would never place some of these ingredients on your face, from now on read the ingredients on the creams to see what is in them, and see if it does what you expect from it.