Weird but wonderful skincare ingredients to know

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Weird but wonderful skincare ingredients to know

Beauty enthusiasts are no strangers to unconventional ingredients. Every few years it seems a new scientific finding pushes the use of a new component into the spotlight. Some pass the test and become household names – looking at you, retinol – whereas others fall to the side lines, revealing their fad-like properties.

What we find at Powder, however, is that some of the most peculiar ingredients in skincare today are wildly beneficial and not really as ridiculous as they seem…

Snail Mucin

This protein-rich, antioxidant-filled secretion is full of elastin and glycolic acid –

everything your skin needs to rid itself of dead skin cells, reduce signs of aging, and stimulate collagen. Which is why it can be found in MIZON’s Black Snail All in One Cream along with COSRX’s Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence.

Copper

Although widely known and seen in our household items such as cookware and piping, Copper is also extremely beneficial for our skin due to its antibacterial, antifungal and powerful antioxidant properties. No surprise then that NIOD uses it in its anti-ageing hero product Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%.

Caffeine

Although most are used to drinking coffee, rather than absorbing it, the antioxidant-filled, natural diuretic caffeine also finds itself in body-care products simply because it works wonders by dehydrating fat cells to create a temporarily smoother look. Try BEAN BODY’s Vanilla Coffee Scrub and see for yourself.

Charcoal

Charcoal is known to remove excess oil, so those with oily skin would benefit the most from trying a charcoal-based skincare product. As an ingredient, it’s also great at treating acne and detoxify the skin by removing dirt and oil. Understandably you find it in a lot of face masks, like MIZON’s Charcoal Solution Black Mask, as well as body products such as GROWN ALCHEMIST’S Intensive Body Exfoliant.

Kaolin Clay

Kaolinite is a clay mineral, usually white and very soft in texture, is not the most absorbent like other clays, however, it clears the skin pores, but without stripping your skin of the natural oils, and removes traces of dirt, pollution, grime, and bacteria effectively from your skin without clogging. We recommend (MALIN+GOETZ)’s Clarifying Clay Mask as an introduction.

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