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Freaky Beauty: 6 Exotic Ingredients to Try



Don’t let their creepy crawly sounding names stop you from experiencing the skin-soothing, hair-smoothing, collagen-boosting benefits these concoctions have to offer.
 
Bladderwrack
It may sound like a bodily need state but this sea kelp is rich in minerals that help detoxify the skin and diminish fluid retention when applied topically.
Try: Cowshed Slender Cow Detoxifying Salt Scrub ($62)
 
Beggar’s Tick
Think collagen boosting and fine-line reducing, not blood-sucking, when you see this daisy-like plant on an ingredients list. Try: REN Bio Retinoid Anti-Aging Concentrate with Brazilian White Beggar’s Tick Extract ($60)
 
Caviar
It’s not just for eating, pinkies up, on tiny toasts. Packed with vitamin and mineral antioxidants, caviar extract protect skin and hair from environmental pollutants that cause damage and premature aging. Try: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Photo-Age Defense ($35)          
 
Dragon Blood
And here you thought dragons were extinct. In fact, this “blood” is actually the red resin drawn from the Amazonia croton lechleri tree. The native’s secret ingredient helps reduce the appearance of inflammation and accelerate repair.
Try: Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Retexturizing Exfoliating Scrub ($38)
 
Horsetail Extract
When it comes to boosting collagen, this ancient fern-like plant doesn’t horse around. Used in ancient herbal remedies to treat wounds and reduce swelling, the magnesium- and silica-packed perennial strengthens connective tissue and boost collagen. Try: Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly ($18)
 
Red Algae
On Japan’s Okinawa islands residents are known for their glowing health and longevity, both of which are attributed to their seaweed-rich diet. Valued for its healing properties, red algae relieves redness and irritation while increasing circulation to help speed up skin repair. Talk about super sushi. Try: Tatcha’s new skincare collection ($48-$150)

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