House3
CLOSE
MENUCLOSE

5 Powerful Beauty Ingredients Even Weirder Than Snail Mucus

Skin Care
Illustrated by Lindsay Hattrick

Next, we turn to donkeys and lobsters

Along with the U.S. K-beauty boom came the introduction of snail slime, or snail mucin, into our skin-care regimens—resulting in glowy, plump skin, faded acne scars, and minimized pores for all. While this slime craze really took off in America over the last two years, these products (which have been huge in Korea and in other parts of the world for years), have been available Stateside as early as 2012.

Being a fan of snail slime myself—not for what it feels like, but the undeniably positive results—and constantly yearning to explore all of the weirdest things the beauty industry has to offer, I found myself on a journey to find the next weird beauty ingredients to trend in the skin care biz.

I turned to the experts to tip me off to the next effective but truly strange—maybe even gross—beauty ingredients to know. Whether newly developed or passed on for generations (or even centuries), beauty industry leaders shared their thoughts on what will be the next snail mucin. Find out their picks, below.

Illustrated by Lindsay Hattrick

Donkey milk
There’s the slime of the snail, and then there’s the milk of a donkey. We’re not really sure which makes us cringe more. We chatted with Jude Chao, director of marketing at Beautytap and the brains behind K-Beauty blog Fifty Shades Of Snail. (Really, is there a better person to talk to for this story?) Her first suggestion? Donkey milk-infused skin care.

As someone who uses prescription tretinoin (an anti-aging ingredient and acne treatment) and chemical exfoliants like AHA and BHA, which can weaken and thin the skin barrier leading to dryness and sensitivity, she relies on hydrating and barrier-strengthening ingredients like donkey milk to improve moisture retention and keep her skin healthy. “Rich in proteins and fats, including ceramides, donkey milk can be wonderful for dry skin and damaged barriers,” says Chao. “It plumps up the skin’s surface and creates a healthy glow. Donkey milk is also rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, C, D, and E, delivering some extra protection against everyday free radical damage.”

Welp, we’ll be stocking up this winter. Curious? Chao suggests trying out K-beauty brand SeaNtree’s donkey milk line, which she describes as lightweight yet hydrating, unlike the heavier, rich products out there. Try the brand’s Donkey Milk Water Drop Cream if you're interested in experimenting with the new ingredient of the moment.

Photo via @fentybeauty on Instagram

According to the lawsuit, Fenty Beauty's e-commerce is not accessible to all customers

Fenty Beauty has been served a lawsuit for intentional discrimination due to the current accessibility (or lack thereof) of its e-commerce site. Per The Fashion Law, Rihanna's LVMH owned-brand is one of many that have come under fire for not being compatible with software commonly used to provide access to blind individuals.

Keep reading... Show less
True
FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB
Photo by Shutterstock.

We also got some validation on that Princess title

On Sunday evening, the Queen of the United States met the first Black Princess. Neither of these titles is technically correct, but when it comes to Beyoncé and Meghan Markle, I said what I said.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Photo via Broadimage/Shutterstock

Twitter is already obsessed

Captain Marvel actress Lashana Lynch has been cast as the newest 007 agent, according to a report from The Daily Mail. If it's true, it'll be the first time that a white man won't play the main character in the film franchise's history. Twitter is celebrating the casting as a huge step forward, and we totally agree.

Keep reading... Show less
True
Asset 7
MORE in VIDEO
Photo via David Fisher/Shutterstock

"I don't know if anybody should know this stuff"

Channing Tatum has discovered the astrology-powered app The Pattern, and his reaction to the results he's getting is actually super relatable. Don't we all remember when we first found out the stars actually told truths?

Keep reading... Show less
Photo via Rob Latour/Shutterstock

Her recent comments have sparked backlash

In an interview for As If magazine, Scarlett Johansson addressed the controversy surrounding her casting as a trans man in Rub & Tug, a role she later gave up, by saying that people are too politically correct with casting nowadays and that she should be able to play "any person, any animal, any tree" that she so desires. She's now being roasted for the statement.

Keep reading... Show less
True