3 of the Weirdest Ingredients We’ve Seen in Skincare Products

By Chandra Pepino For Belo Medical Group on April 13, 2021

Beauty is a far-reaching and ever-evolving industry, with new ingredients being discovered (or invented!) and added into skincare products every day. As beauty experts, we’ve seen our fair share of ingredients, which run the gamut from vitamins to natural extracts and more. But some of these strange additions to your skincare REALLY take the cake. Here are three of the weirdest ingredients we’ve seen in skincare products to date.

  1. Cannabis sativa seed oil.

You mean there’s *whispers* marijuana in this serum?! Yep—and weed skincare is on the rise. According to Allure, the compounds in cannabis oil have a soothing effect. It’s also anti-inflammatory, making it great for calming the skin from dryness or discomfort. Because it’s a natural hydrator (it’s an oil, after all), it does its best work in serums and thick creams. Unfortunately, products like this won’t be seeing the light of day in the Philippines anytime soon.

  1. Snail mucin.

Just because Korean skincare made snail mucin popular doesn’t mean it isn’t weird! “Simply put, it’s the excretion from a snail, which is why it’s also known and appears on ingredient labels as snail secretion filtrate, or SSF,” says Byrdie. So it’s basically that slimy trail that snails leave behind. We’re out here actively applying that on our faces. But it’s fantastic for moisturizing the skin and stimulating collagen production, which is why Dr. Vicki Belo insisted that it be in our bestselling Belo Illuminating Soap.. To this day, it’s her favorite soap from our lineup!

Purchase the Belo Illuminating Soap for P550 here.

  1. Bee venom.

Now, why in the heck would we expose ourselves to literal venom?! Refinery29 has your explanation: “Apitoxin causes skin inflammation through blood rising to the surface. This sends your skin into repair mode, generating collagen—which we all know is the key element of a plump, smooth and fresh visage. Thus stung skin goes into healing mode, which results in a glowing complexion.” The Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel contains purified bee venom, which is clinically proven to treat mild to moderate acne and reduce skin inflammation.

Purchase the Belo AcnePro Pimple Gel for P189.75 (buy one, take one while supplies last!) here.

Doesn’t matter how strange an ingredient is—as long as it works, we’ll slather it on ‘til we’re blue in the face. What weird ingredients have you encountered in your skincare journey? Tag us @belobeauty on IG and @belo_beauty on TikTok.

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