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On Saturday I turned 40.
But seriously, in the last few years, I have approached this birthday with dread. I’ll admit I have taken some pretty extreme measures in the name of aging gracefully. I stay out of the sun; use sunscreen and sit under the umbrella. I get regular microderm, see my dermatologist and I use a facial serum make from infant foreskins.
Yes, you read that right.
Look, I know this sounds crazy, but our skin is the largest organ on our bodies. So, it’s just as important what we put on our bodies is what we put in our bodies.
Here are some of the weirdest (and most wonderful) ingredients to turn back time.
kale: rich in keratin. builds strong, healthy nails. Try NailKale by Nails Inc.
cow fat: great for moisturizing. Paleo friendly. Try Fatco skincare.
bee venom: Kate Middleton’s secret weapon. Nature’s botox. Fills fine lines and wrinkles. Try MissSpa bee venom mask.
plantain: great for eczema, psoriasis and acne. Try Shea Moisture African Black Soap.
gold: improves skin elasticity and circulation. Try Peter Thomas Roth 24k gold mask
birds nest: made from the swiflet nest. Contains twigs, flora and bird spit. Great for brightening. Try My Beauty Diary
sake: releases toxins and relaxes tense muscles. Try Fresh Sake bath
snail mucus: used by Katie Holmes. Contains natural hydralaunic acid which stimulates the production of elastin and collagen; fills fine lines and wrinkles. Try Mizon snail repair eye cream.
broccoli: a natural alternative to silicone. Adds strength and shine to hair. Try Madam CJ Walker Brassica Seed Oil
ancient soil: stimulates skin cells to restore natural PH. Try Molecule 32 face wash
artichoke: tightens the appearance of pores. Try Yuripibu Artichoke Power Essence
algae: tightens, firms and restores skin. Try Algenist Genius Cream.
salmon roe: reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, age spots. Try Restorsea rejuvenating day cream.
charcoal: draws out toxins and eradicates bacteria. Try Boscia charcoal sponge.
thermal mud: exfoliating. Try Drunken Elephant Juju bar.
stem cells: Try Stemology Cell Revive Serum Complete.