When it comes to skincare ingredients, we know that retinol is an anti-aging powerhouse and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) leave our skin looking clean and bright. While we owe the current state of our skin to these veterans, however, a few lesser-known ingredients have recently caught our attention. Warning: they’re not for the faint of heart (one of them has quite the sting, so to speak).
Curious? Keep flipping for four ingredients that will change your skin!
Hey, if it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, it’s good enough for us! Ever since UK facialist and Heaven Skincare founder Deborah Mitchell said the Duchess enjoys facials made with bee venom, beauty insiders have been obsessed with this plumping ingredient. We did some more digging and discovered that honey bee venom contains a substance called melittin, which some studies have shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
As for smoothing out wrinkles, bee venom is now touted as a “natural Botox,” with claims that it “stings” your skin into smoothness—however, very little research has been done to support these claims. Nevertheless, celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham have all raved about its supposed benefits, which means we’ll definitely keep an eye on this buzzy ingredient.
Ahead, some more bee venom products for you to shop!
Pictured: Heaven Skincare Bee Venom Mask ($182)
Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer ($190)
Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask ($85)
Resveratrol is part of the antioxidant group known as polyphenols and is commonly found in the skins of grapes, berries, and other fruits—which explains why it’s found in great quantities in red and white wine. Multiple studies have shown that resveratrol has a number of heart-healthy benefits (decreasing blood clots, lowering cholesterol, and soothing inflammation, to name a few), and now it’s proven to be an anti-ager, too.
Researchers have found that resveratrol—when applied topically using a cream, like SkinCeuticals’ Resveratrol B E ($145)—has 17 times greater antioxidant potency than idebenone, an expensive antioxidant used in some clinical-strength wrinkle creams. Bad news for free radicals, really good news for your skin. (You can read more about resveratrol’s skin benefits here.)
Keep flipping for more skin products with resveratrol!
29 Secret of the Vine Serum Extract ($24)
Philosophy Miracle Worker ($60)
Other than being great for grilling BBQ and whitening your teeth, charcoal also has a multitude of skin benefits. Activated charcoal detoxifies and draws out bacteria, chemicals, dirt, and other micro-particles from your skin—bye-bye, blackheads! Anyone with acne-prone, rough, or dull skin can benefit from charcoal’s clarifying properties.
Pictured: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores ($25)
Lush Dark Angel ($13)
Garnier Clean +Shine Control Cleansing Gel ($8)
Remember the Kombucha craze? It’s not letting up anytime soon—especially now that there’s evidence that it may be good for your skin when applied topically. The International Dermal Institute defines it as an ingredient that can “boost skin immune function and assist in restoring volume to deficient zones in the skin,” while another study says that it reduces the effects of glycation, which is a huge factor in the breakdown of collagen. Rather than go around pouring your favorite fermented drink on your face, might we suggest a couple of alternatives?
Pictured: emerginC Scientific Organics Kombucha Cleanser ($34)
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($88)
Marie Veronique Organics Treatment Serum ($90)
Have you tried any skin products with these ingredients? Tell us below!