People will go to whatever lengths to look beautiful and young. This includes the most dangerous, disgusting and degrading practices that people can think off. And if you thought the procedures are weird, you find out that your favorite celebrity is doing it. On the bright side, most procedures have been proven to work. This is judging from the smooth and glowing skin we see on celebrities who are always dominating top beauty lists. Let’s look at some of the most bizarre beauty treatments.
10. Snail Slime
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. Vitamin Drips
This is a favorite of Simon Cowell the mean reality competition judge. It involves receiving high doses of vitamin infusions directly into the veins. According to Simon, it gives a warm feeling that is calming. It also gives a person energy for a few days afterwards. The process is however very expensive and time consuming. If you want to go through this procedure be ready to receive the drips for 45 minutes twice a week. The procedure is also poplar with Rihanna, Rita Ora and Madonna.
8. 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.
7. Oil Pulling
This one is popular with Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. It involves swilling a teaspoon of oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes. The oil can be of coconut, sesame, tea tree or sunflower. The process is said to improve gum health, whiten teeth and draw toxins out of the body. This ancient technique has additional benefits like treating migraines and hangovers. Potential side effects include exhaustion, excessive thirst and muscular stiffness. It’s also time consuming compared with other oral treatments.
6. Vampire Face-Lifts
The name was coined by reality TV star Kim Kardashian and it best describes this procedure because it uses vampires’ favorite meal – blood. The blodd is said to keep people young forever. It involves injections of own blood’s plasma. This procedure apparently leads to a younger and smoother looking skin. It also leads to new collagen production that causes a face lift. 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.
5. Bee Venom Treatment
The bee venom that we try our best to avoid is now being used to make people younger and good looking. It works by increasing collagen production and thus tightens the skin. It has other benefits like reducing scars, healing acnes, reducing wrinkles and it also leads to a glowing complexion. Several celebrities use it like Princess Kate Middleton, Kylie Minogue, Michelle Pfeiffer and Victoria Beckham. Before you use it make sure you are not allergic to bee products otherwise it will have the opposite effect.
4. Bird-Poop Facial
Also known as Geisha Facial, this dirty and stinking procedure involves smearing the skin with nightingale droppings. Birds’ poo is known to strip the paint off a car and it does the same on humans by breaking down the top layer of the skin. The skin is exfoliated and one is left with a renewed epidermis. This is another Victoria Beckham’s favorite. It’s however not as disgusting and dangerous as it sounds as the birds droppings are usually sterilized, dried and powdered to be safe for human use.
3. Leech Therapy
This one is not only bizarre, but it’s also disgusting. In the procedure leeches are put on the skin and they suck on someone’s blood. The aim is to purify the blood. The treatment is said to be an effective anti-aging procedure that rejuvenates both body and soul. Leeches saliva contains anesthetic and anti-clotting properties that make blood vessels expand and apparently they have been in use since ancient Egypt. Actress Demi Moore is known to commonly use this treatment.
2. Ceramic Crystals
This involves injecting into the face the ceramic crystals that are used in porcelain. The aim is here is to ‘hold up’ the face while encouraging collagen production. The procedure was popularized by Actress and ex-supermodel Jerry Hall. The crystals are said to be permanent but with age they are bound to be visible at some point. The main problem with this procedure is the body rejecting the crystals as foreign objects.
1. Placenta Face Masks
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 on 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.
Top 10 Most Bizarre Beauty Treatments
- Placenta Face Masks
- Ceramic Crystals
- Leech Therapy
- Bird-Poop Facial
- Bee Venom Treatment
- Vampire Face-Lifts
- Oil Pulling
- Ice Chambers
- Vitamin Drips
- Snail Slime
List created by: Dave Ngash