Humans have a long history of doing strange things in our long quest for beauty but how far are some willing to go? Although seemingly normal beauty treatments such as coffee scrubs and strawberry facials tend to surprise some: the treatments below are far from normal and will shock you. The science behind all of them adds sense to the seemingly strange beauty treatments. It’s still hard to get over how gross some of these are.
Bird Poop Facial
Yes you read that right, bird poop. Although many believe the origin of this facial to be Japanese, research shows it is actually Korean. Introduced to the Japanese in the Heian period (the years 794 – 1185), the treatment involves applying the poop of a nightingale bird onto your face. Nightingale excrement is believed to be saturated with amino acids. This boost collagen production, which explains the facials incredible anti-ageing properties. It gained fame for being Japanese Geisha’s facial of choice. It is named ‘Uguisu no fun’ which translates directly into Nightingale poop. Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise, and Angelina Jolie use it. It was tried and tested, click here.
Snake Venom Face Cream
The list is only going to get weirder as you read on, but this is among the weirdest. Snake venom is known to be highly toxic and lethal in high doses. However, there seems to be a way its toxicity can be used for good. One of the effects of snake venom is the inhibition of muscle movements. When applied topically in the form of a cream, it limits how much your face moves, reducing wrinkles. Is this an organic alternative to Botox?
The Platza treatment is Russian in origin and goes back centuries. The participant first goes into the sauna to sweat toxins out of their body. They then head to a different room with a massage table where they are patted, then whacked (not a joke) with oak leaves covered in hot water and essential oils. The masseuses then scrub the participant down with soap before another round of whacking. Platza treatment is believed to exfoliate the skin, rejuvenate it and relieve soreness in the muscles.
This pedicure is pretty popular so you may have heard of it before. It is known to have originated from Turkey. (The people of Turkey have been using Garra rufa fish for healing purposes for at least 400 years before Asian and European countries picked up on the craze). The procedure simply involves dunking your feet into a basin where small ‘Garra rufa’ fish will nibble away at the dead skin on their feet. Fish pedicures are becoming increasingly controversial as there are claims that the fish can easily spread infections from one customer’s feet to another. Several states in the US have since banned this treatment. Reason being is that the use of the fish violates a regulation that requires tools to be cleaned/sanitized or thrown away between uses on different clients.
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