The quest for eternal youth has led to some weird skincare ingredients. Egg yolk and cream cheese probably aren't things you want to rub all over your face, but they're not even close to being the most disgusting ingredients found in face creams, serums, ampoules, and numerous other everyday cosmetics products. With all the Leaping Bunny symbols and heart-shaped ears declaring PETA-approved, cruelty-free products, it’s surprising to find so many companies that don’t seem to give a hoot about having products filled with animal bits in them. Think you can stomach the grossest things in skincare products that go on your face? Read on.
Human Infant Foreskin Can Give You Baby Soft Skin
Parents might not think about what happens to the foreskins that have been snipped off their babies' private parts, but the beauty industry sure does. Each foreskin can grow precious new cells for years, and Oprah has declared products with this ingredient a miracle fountain of youth.
Infant human genital skin, also known as foreskin fibroblast, is one of the key ingredients in SkinMedica's TNS line for younger looking skin. If you find this product on a friend's bathroom counter and the idea makes you squeamish, you might want to think twice before giving them a little peck on the cheek.
Human Blood Facials Can Keep Skin Soft
Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facial selfie might not have gone as viral as her champagne photoshoot, but it's just as shocking a sight. This pricey skincare treatment involves needles and human blood - just another relaxing day at the spa.
Platelet rich plasma (PLP) is harvested from a person's own blood. It's then injected back into the face and smeared all over the cheeks, nose, and the area surrounding the eyes. Supposedly it encourages elastin and collagen growth for soft, supple skin... side effects include an insatiable thirst for blood and aversion to garlic.
Sewage Extract Can Act as a Natural Exfoliant
One would think if the word “sewage” appeared on a face cream's ingredients list, most everyone would be tossing that thing right into the trash. The skincare-obsessed Asian beauty industry disagree.s Products from Korea in particular, regarded as the present-day skincare mecca, promote sewage extract as a gentle, effective method to strengthen skin and slough away dead skin cells. Sewage may be one of the grossest things in skincare products, but it could reveal the glory of newly rejuvenated skin that’s been hiding beneath the surface all along.
Human Placenta Can Rejuvenate Aging Skin Cells
The afterbirth organ that enables a fetus to grow in a pregnant female is a hot commodity. Although some skincare companies opt for sheep or pig placenta instead of human, there are definitely human placenta face creams for those willing to pay upwards of $1,000 a jar.
The idea is this: stem cells and collagen in the protein-rich placenta provide an intensive dose of nutrients to the face, and cellular-level growth occurs for younger-looking skin. Some dermatologists only use products from human placentas – most of which apparently come from Russia – while other skincare specialists claim animal placentas are the more humane way to go, and are just as effective. Either way, it’s an afterbirth and it’s harvested to be used on your face.