They’re not top of mind when it comes to skin care, but these strange ingredients might promote younger looking skin.
You know probiotic supplements can benefit your digestion, so could topical probiotic-infused skincare products be beneficial for your skin? “Probiotics are commonly referred to as the ‘good bacteria’ because they help to diminish the bad bacteria in our body and reduce system-wide inflammation,” says Diane Elizabeth, beauty expert and founder of Skin Care Ox. “The lower our overall inflammation levels, the less acne, dry skin patches, irritated skin, and redness we will experience.” And of course, eating foods such as yogurt and fermented vegetables that contain natural probiotics can improve inflammation to the skin as well. Don’t miss these 27 tricks for naturally glowing skin.
It turns out that bee venom can be quite amazing for your skin. “The venom has potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and amazing anti-wrinkle properties,” Elizabeth says. Here’s how it works: bee venom, aka “nature’s Botox,” relaxes the facial muscles while simultaneously sending a rush of blood to the skin’s surface. This surge stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, which in turn gives you visibly plumper, smoother, glowing skin. And don’t worry—you don’t have to sit around waiting to be stung. Look for products that use purified bee venom, like Manuka Honey’s ApiClear Purifying Facial Peel. Word of warning: Those who are allergic to bees, will want to steer clear.
Acorns aren’t just for squirrels, according to Rochelle Maribojoc, aesthetician at Spa Pechanga. “Crushed acorns and walnuts mixed with coconut oil creates the perfect natural exfoliant for the hands and feet. The scrub increases circulation and leaves the rough areas of your skin (calluses, pads of the fingers, etc.) revitalized and refreshed.” This doesn’t mean you should head into the forest and eat them raw, though; acorns are very high in tannin, which gives them an incredibly bitter flavor.