Top 10 Most Bizarre Beauty Treatments in the world
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Whether it’s getting a facial or a massage, a manicure or a pedicure, it’s always great to treat yourself and have a spot of “me time” in the process.
But these days it’s not all putting mud on your face and heated rocks on your back while you listen to a CD of some guy playing the pan flute in a dimly lit room. There’s a whole bunch of new and unconventional pampering methods out there you might not have heard of.. and many of then not for the faint-hearted.
Here are 10 offbeat beauty treatments that people out there are doing, right now, somewhere in the world, as you read this:
10. Snail Slime
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This originated from Japan and it’s an anti-aging procedure that involves snails being put on someone’s face. The snails are left to slither around and leave their slime all over the skin. The slime is said to be full of antioxidants and copper peptides that repair damaged skin cells. The gross mucus substance is also known to significantly reduce wrinkles. If you thought snails are disgusting, just know there are people who put them on their faces.
9. Fire Facial
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Women are always seeking the hottest beauty treatments, but this fire facial performed in Chinese beauty salons literally turns up the heat. Therapists use open flames to regenerate cells for a youthful appearance. A towel soaked in alcohol is applied to the face and is then set on fire. The flames are put out when they become too hot and unbearable. This procedure is said to treat wrinkles and sagging, and also burn fat.
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8. Bee Sting Facial
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No, this facial does not entail covering your face with a swarm of bees. This anti-aging treatment enlists bee sting venom as its main ingredient and is dubbed the organic alternative to Botox. When the product is applied to the face, it causes the skin to react as though it has been stung, in turn stimulating blood flow, collagen, and elasticity. Kate Middleton is said to have gotten this treatment done days prior to her royal wedding.
7. Leech Therapy
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While some women opt for herbal teas in order to detoxify, others take a less conventional route. Leech therapy is a treatment that originates from ancient Egypt; it involves placing medical leeches on your skin and allowing them to suck, or detoxify, your blood. Medicinal leeches secrete an enzyme that acts as an anticoagulant and promotes blood flow.
6. Bird Poop Facial
The proper term for this treatment is the Japanese Nightingale facial. It gained popularity when Japanese geishas discovered the benefits of nightingale droppings. The unique ingredient acts as an exfoliant and is said to leave the skin glowing. Therapists mix nightingale excrement with rice bran and water, and lather it all over the face. Fans of this treatment include Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise.
5. Vampire Face-Lifts
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The name was coined by reality TV star Kim Kardashian and it best describes this procedure because it uses vampires’ favorite meal – blood. The blood is said to keep people young forever. It involves injections of own blood’s plasma. This procedure apparently leads to younger and smoother-looking skin. It also leads to new collagen production that causes a facelift. Advantages include use of own blood which is safe and non-allergic and the fact that results can last for 9-18 months. The only disadvantage is the multiple injections if one is not a fan of needles.
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4. Placenta Face Masks
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Yes, you read right, there is a Placenta face mask that uses real placenta from people and animals. The placenta is freeze-dried into a powder that people apply to their skin. Placentas are said to be full of proteins and enzymes that help to firm, lift and hydrate the skin. The main benefit of the placenta is collagen production that increases skin elasticity and thus a person looks younger than they are. A big fan of this procedure is Jennifer Lopez; now you know why she never gets old. Madonna, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria and Katie Holmes are also known to use it. It’s one of the most bizarre beauty treatments.
3. Ice Chambers
The scientific name for this is Cryotherapy. Ice chambers and Cryotherapy basically mean ‘being frozen alive’. A person is put in a room that is minus 130 C for three minutes. People are also put into chambers that are sub-200 degrees referred to as cryogenic chambers. One is usually wrapped in socks, gloves, headband, face mask and undies. This very low temperature is said to shut off blood supply in several body organs that then causes blood to rush around the body producing the happy hormone serotonin. The process also helps to treat sport injuries and general fatigue. People known to be fans of this procedure are actress Pamela Anderson and former British Premier Tony Blair.
2. Thai Slap Massage
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Would you pay US $350 (AED/SAR 1,285) to get slapped for 15 minutes? Some women would. This Thai treatment involves a therapist slapping your face to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging. Repeated face slapping is said to stimulate circulation and relax the muscles. You know what they say, “Beauty is pain.”
1. Snake massage
At Ada Barak’s carnivorous plant farm in Israel, not only can you check out plants that like to eat creatures, but you can enjoy a “therapeutic snake massage”. The owner of the farm claims to have conceived the idea for the treatment after picking up a snake from one of her plants and passing it around to guests who reported they were more relaxed after handling it. The massage involves removing your top and pants, lying down, and experiencing the feeling of small snakes crawling on your skin.
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