Venom is collected by gently shocking the bees until they produce a sting, without harming them, and then infused into skincare. It’s loved by celebs from Duchess Kate to Gwyneth Paltrow – who’s even had “bee-sting therapy” where she was deliberately stung by bees.
Dubbed “nature's answer to Botox”, bee venom's packed with a combo of powerful anti-ageing goodies such as enzymes, peptides and amino acids that work to encourage cell regeneration and amp up collagen production.
A Korean beauty staple usually found in gels and masks. Collagen is extracted from pig skin - and although it may sound a bit stomach-turning it’s not as weird as it seems. After all, most anti-ageing products aim to stimulate collagen production.
Science has shown that pig collagen is pretty similar to the one we harvest ourselves, so it helps repair and boost the amount we produce so our skin stays soft, plump and wrinkle-free for longer.
Patti Pao, founder of skincare line Restorsea, was touring a salmon hatchery when she noticed the workers' hands looked much younger than their faces. She found out baby salmon release an enzyme that “dissolves the dead skin cells but allows the living cells to thrive.”
It gently removes dead skin cells but stops once it comes in contact with living cells, so skin tone and texture are improved. Say goodbye to sun damage and age spots, and hello to an improved complexion. Angelina Jolie is a fan, so it must be good.
Originally used by Geishas in Japan, this treatment has been hailed as a wonder product by Victoria Beckham. Known as "The Geisha Facial" it uses nightingale droppings to leave skin shiny and smooth.
The droppings are sanitised before being milled into a fine powder and mixed with Japanese rice bran and water. It’s applied as a mask and acts as an exfoliant to break down dead skin cells.
A favourite of Katie Holmes and Jessica Alba, snail slime - otherwise known as snail secretion or mucin - is used in moisturisers and serums. It’s a pretty powerful ingredient packed with anti-ageing proteins, glycolic acids and elastin.
Snails roam over glass panels and their slime is filtered and concentrated into skincare. It helps replenish moisture and firms the skin. It's also been known to fade scars and smooth out uneven skin tone.
Cleopatra soaked in a bath of milk and here's why: it’s full of alpha-hydroxy and lactic acids that gently exfoliate to soothe inflammation, itchy skin and even psoriasis.
Exfoliating and hydrating will leave your skin feeling soothed and looking supple. In fact, goat’s milk contains loads of skin-loving nutrients like vitamin A, which repairs skin tissue.
A Korean favourite thanks to the sea creature's ability to regenerate its limbs. The magic ingredient is harmlessly extracted and used in skin and eye creams.
The extract is packed with hardcore ingredients from collagen to calcium that aim to restore skin’s natural glow, even out your complexion and diminish fine lines.