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Fish scales and mucus: what is actually added to cosmetics


Source: Rambler

Women have always tried to make themselves more beautiful, sometimes using dangerous means to care for themselves. For example, they tried to give aristocratic skin pallor with lead oxide, and instead of eyeliner they used antimony.

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In the modern world, cosmetics are not so dangerous, but sometimes it contains very unusual ingredients, writes Rambler.

Snail mucus

A more pleasant name for this ingredient is "mucin". It contains a lot of protein, antioxidants and glycolic acid. Mucin-based creams perfectly smooth and reduce fine wrinkles.

Fish scales

If you are a fan of cosmetics with a flicker effect, you probably met the name “guanine” on the labels of your favorite products. It is nothing more than shredded fish scales. She most often gives a brilliant effect to varnishes, lipsticks and lotions.

Chicken bone marrow

In the composition of cosmetic products can be found an ingredient called "glucosamine". They are extremely rich bone marrow chickens. It is used in the manufacture of creams and lotions that have moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties.


At its core, amber is sperm whale bile. It looks like wax and has a delectable sweet aroma. It is with the aim of preserving the smell that amber is added to cosmetics. True, companies increasingly prefer synthetic fragrances: it is more convenient and cheaper. By the way, one gram of amber is about $ 10.


As a rule, by production of cosmetics use a product of vital activity of a horse. Urea perfectly retains water, so this ingredient can often be found in moisturizing creams, lotions, deodorants and shampoos.

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