What's In Your Lotion?

Six of the strangest skincare ingredients (8 Photos)

Kristen Romey on Sep 21, 2012 at 2:58PM

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What's In Your Lotion?

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Placentas

Since a placenta nourishes a fetus as it grows, it makes sense that it should also have a wonderful effect on adult skin, no? That may explain why it shows up in skincare products. Some, like EMK Placental Cream, even advertise in their names the addition of placenta protein, taken from sheep, pigs, cows—and (ugh!) even humans. While the idea of rubbing afterbirth on your face may be off-putting to most people, marketers say it can rejuvenate facial skin and strengthen hair. “It is a human growth factor (a compound made by the body that functions to regulate cell division and cell survival)," says Dale Isaacson, M.D., of DC Derm Docs in Washington D.C. "So it may have benefits by increasing collagen and decreasing fine lines with continued use.”

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