If you wish to use natural ingredients to replace harmful petrochemicals and other impure ingredients in your health and beauty routine, here are a few of the more unusual ingredients you may come across.

Ingredient 1. Snail serum seems like a strange ingredient to put into healthy skin products, but it has actually been used for many years, because of its many benefits. Based on a study about the regenerative properties of mollusk secretions, researchers have found that the land snail’s secretions are compatible with human skin, since they both have many of the same elements, like elastin and collagen. Snails are never afflicted with infections of the skin, and their secretion contains anti-oxidants that are beneficial to human skin.

Snail serum restores natural fibroblast production in your skin, and prevents external factors from damaging your skin. It fights the formation of harmful free radicals and increases the vitality of your skin by aiding in its micro-circulation.

Ingredient 2. Emu oil is a natural moisturizer which has been used by the Australian Aborigines for many years. It can penetrate to the inner skin layers, which allows your skin’s upper layers to retain their moisture. Emu oil also offers benefits for your skin in the area of anti-aging. It is helpful to skin rejuvenation, and it thickens the inner skin layers, which results in less wrinkling.

Emu oil doesn’t leave an oily residue, and it can be blended with water to make a non oily cream. It will also work on keeping your pores open, which helps prevent pimple outbreaks. Emu oil also does not bring on or aggravate acne. Emu oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, and it can even help reduce swelling caused by wounds, bruises or sprains.

Ingredient 3. Donkey milk can be found in natural cosmetic products for your skin. It is used in shampoos, facial creams and soaps. Donkey milk contains high amounts of many vitamins such as vitamin A, D and E, as well as minerals and fatty acids which will help your skin feel soft and smooth. It works well against wrinkles and dry skin, and it was previously used for joint pains, snake bites and poisonings.

Ingredient 4. Algae is found in marine plants, and extracted to give your skin an organic, anti-aging compound that helps the elasticity and firmness of your skin. It also can soften your wrinkles and lines, especially on your hands and face. Algae’s properties are taken advantage of in natural treatments for skin care, especially the use of Chlorella, a type of algae, which has beneficial properties when used both internally and on the body.

Ingredient 5. Making soaps at home is still a popular hobby as they are kinder to the skin than commercial soaps. Lye is one of the basic ingredients and some soap makers have realized that the lye that results from the chemical reaction of water and wood ash makes a gentle and natural cleanser. It is especially coveted in African Black soap, a soap known for its many benefits such as reducing blemishes and dark spots.


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