1. Snail Slime
The glycolic acid and elastin in a snail’s secretion protects its own skin from cuts, bacteria, and UV rays, making it a great source for proteins that eliminate dead cells and regenerate skin. You can find this in most moisturizers to make your skin nice and smooth.
4. Crushed Beetles
The crimson red color in many dyes and cosmetics comes from Cochineal Beetles. The beetles are soaked in hot water, dried and then crushed to give the deep red color. The color is then used in many cosmetics including hair dyes and lipsticks. If you are looking at ingredient lists it will be listed under the name Carmine.
You might see it listed as “ferrous oxide,” but it’s basically rust. If you ever see a cosmetics bottle that lists “pigment brown 6” or “pigment red 101” as ingredients, it’s in there, too. This is what gives cosmetics, such as calamine lotion, its pink coloring.
6. Dead Algea
Diatomaceous earth, or the remnants of algea, are called diatoms. In cosmetics, this ingredient is used in many toothpastes, deodorant, absorbent powders, cuticle cream, and in mild-exfoliation products due to its gentle abrasiveness. It’s used in many other plastics and household cleaners as well.
11. Wool Wax
Sheep wool naturally produces oil called Lanolin, which is a natural water repelling substance. Lanolin and its many derivatives are used extensively in high value cosmetics to provide barrier protection to chapped skin, soothe dryness, and provide moisture.
In the medical field, human foreskin has been used for years as a method to cultivate new skin growth, instead of performing skin grafts on burn patients. It’s been proven to work much more effectively. The same method is also used in the cosmetics world. Companies use foreskin fibroblasts in cosmetic creams and collagens, especially those made to reduce wrinkles.