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Would You Try These Innovative Skincare Ingredients

Americans have been accused of being vulnerable to the lure of the exotic. Of falsely attributing other cultures with possessing some ancient wisdom or magic that we, as Americans, are simply unable to harness. Like the belief in the the superiority of Asian skincare. Skeptics will argue that this is just another example of Americans being overly impressed by the foreign. However, if you consider that the Japanese published a “Capital Beauty and Style Manual” in 1813 that included directions for making an early sheet mask with kimono silk and flower water, it may seem that there is reason to think the Asians may know a thing or two about the subject.

If you are among those who are not entirely convinced that the Asian skincare routine is without merit, here are some of the more (and less) unusual ingredients topping the list of Asian beauty products you may want to get more familiar with.

Bee venom

Bee Venom
Bee venom is known to help skin produce collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bees are reportedly not harmed in the process of extraction.

Vitamin A (Retinol)
One of the more common additions to our list, Vitamin A is an antioxidant that fights damage from free radicals and increases production of collagen to help protect against wrinkles, aging, and sun damage.

Vitamin B
(Niacinamide) B vitamins such as niacinamide, or B3, are known to possess skin brightening properties. They can be used to decrease redness from acne and even out skin tone.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C, including L-ascorbic acid, can improve skin tone as well as protect skin from UV rays. Store in an opaque container to prevent degradation due to light and heat.

Aloe Vera
This ancient plant has been used for centuries to soothe and hydrate. Apply it to sunburns for quick relief or as a soothing balm after shaving.

Pear on wheat

Arbutin
This hydroquinone derivative is found in wheat and pears. It is a safe and natural way of limiting the production of melanin and brightening skin.

Ferment
Use fermented products like yeast, rice or pitera to boost skin elasticity and prevent aging.

Green Tea
Another recommendation from the “Capital Beauty and Style Manual,” green tea has antioxidant properties which can decrease inflammation an fight the effects of carcinogens and age.

Honey and Royal Jelly
It’s back to the bee hive for some anti-inflammatory and and antiseptic properties to prevent acne and dryness.

Milk
Whether from cow’s or donkeys, milk is a great moisturizer and brightener.

Rice

Rice
Another,”I told you so” from the ancient Manual, rice as been used for centuries in Asian culture as a toner or scrub to even skin tone.

Snail
Asians swear by snail secretion filtrate as a moisturizing ingredient. It is associated with reducing redness acne and repairing skin damage.

Syn-ake
This is a synthetic snake venom said to be similar to botox in its ability to fight aging. It is known to firm skin and improve elasticity.

Yogurt
The lactic acid in yogurt can exfoliate the skin, while the zinc can reduce the production of oil and sebum, known to block pores.

Let us know if which of these ingredients you have tried, or would consider trying. We’d love to know!

Ingredient Spotlight: Royal Jelly

Royal jelly. The name evokes something that is indulgent and luxurious. This skincare ingredient has been around for some time, but recently it’s started attracting a lot of attention among the cosmetic industry. If you’re wondering whether this is something that could benefit you, keep reading to learn more about what royal jelly is and what it does.

Royal jelly

What is Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly is the name for the white, creamy secretion that comes from the throat glands of honeybees. The purpose of this thick, paste-like secretion is to feed and nurture queen bees, allowing them to become fertile and live longer lives. A queen bee has an average lifespan of anywhere between three to five years. In stark contrast, the average worker honeybee lives only around six weeks. The significantly increased lifespan of queen bees is the driving force between using royal jelly as a cosmetic ingredient to prevent aging.

What is in Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly contains over 100 nutrients, chief among them amino acids essential for human health. B vitamins, biotin, niacin, folic acid and other minerals are also found in royal jelly. The high amino acid content is what many believe to be the most important ingredient in terms of skincare.

Amino acids are a component of collagen, which helps keep your skin looking younger and firmer. Royal jelly, which is about 13% protein, is gaining popularity as an anti-aging cosmetic ingredient both by natural and organic skincare companies and mainstream industry leaders. The main pu

What Does Royal Jelly Do?
While your lifespan probably won’t be increased by royal jelly like the queen bee’s, there may be some benefits to including this in your skincare routine. Most commonly, royal jelly is used to combat signs of fine lines and wrinkles, but it can also be used to help minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Royal jelly also helps boost your skin’s natural elasticity and firmness. it appears to be useful for all skin types, and oily people may be particularly pleased by the results of using royal jelly. Royal jelly can have normalizing effects on the fat secretions of skin glands, which will reduce oiliness

The fats in royal jelly are suspended as a natural emulsion, making them a great moisturizing ingredient. Not only does the skin receive moisture and hydration as a result of the fats in royal jelly, theses fats can also reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin. In addition to all of these skin benefits, royal jelly has antibiotic and fungicidal properties as well.

How Do You Use Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly is used topically and the most common skincare products that include royal jelly in their ingredient lists are moisturizing creams, lotions, soaps and other cleansers. The problem with these products tends to be that the formulas are not able to prevent the natural deterioration of royal jelly over a longer period of time. Additionally, the royal jelly concentration in these products is usually quite low. Unprocessed royal jelly is available refrigerated, frozen or freeze-dried and sometimes the royal jelly is blended with either honey or beeswax. If you purchase royal jelly in this way, you can simply apply the royal jelly directly to your face as a face mask or add it to your own lotions and moisturizing creams.

Does Royal Jelly Work and Is it Safe?
While some swear by the anti-aging abilities of royal jelly, others remain unimpressed by all of the hype. There is very little scientific study and fact that shows one way or the other whether royal jelly is effective.

Royal jelly is a natural product, but that does not necessarily mean that it is safe to use. Obviously people allergic to bees and bee venom should steer clear of royal jelly to avoid adverse reactions. However, there have been some studies that indicated people who had other allergies or asthma were at a higher risk for having an adverse reaction. Royal jelly may also cause contact dermatitis when used topically. Lastly, royal jelly may interfere with some medications so if you are taking any medicine, prescription or otherwise, it is highly recommended that you check with your medical professional before use.

Royal jelly may be an excellent addition to your skincare regimen, but if you have any of the above risk factors, you definitely want to check with your doctor before using royal jelly. Experts recommend doing a patch test prior to use to be sure that your skin won’t react. Simply apply a small amount of royal jelly, or a product with royal jelly in it, to a small area of skin and wait 24 hours before checking to see if there is any reaction or not. If your skin is normal, then you can start using royal jelly to help with the effects of aging along with receiving other great skin benefits.