Beauty is pain,” or so the saying goes. But what if beauty was actually lamb placenta facials and snake massages? Yeah, you read that right — those treatments actually exist in the world, along with plenty more bizarre procedures, serums, and accessories. Here are 10 of the strangest beauty treatments around the world that use “natural” ingredients (and by natural, I mean literally animals from nature), most of which I just can’t see myself ever trying.
Apologies in advance if any of these make you queasy, though I can’t say I blame you. (Just be thankful I didn’t include urine-as-teeth-whitener on this list …)
If you’ve ever dreamed of getting one step closer to James Bond, Cleopatra, or King Midas, here’s your chance. That’s right, 24-karat-gold facials are officially on the menu at several spas around the world. Alleging anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and acne-fighting benefits, covering your face in gold leaf is certainly one (very expensive) way to seriously pamper your skin.
Bull Semen Hair Treatment
“Lather, rinse, apply bull sperm.” Not exactly a hair care tip you hear every day, but it very well could be soon. Dubbed “Viagra for hair” by theLondon salon that originated the treatment, bull semen is like conditioner on crack when combined with the root of protein-rich Katera (a plant from Iran). The treatment promises to strengthen the hair shaft, promote growth, and leave your mane silky and shiny … but I think I’ll stick with my DIY coconut oil masque.
Whether you’re at a spa in Asia letting a half-dozen crawl across your face or donning a secretion-filled sheet mask in the privacy of your home, snails (and their slime) are having a moment in the beauty world right now.
Dating back to ancient times when the Greek physician Hippocrates was said to have used crushed snails and sour milk to cure skin inflammation, this substance is secreted when snails are stressed, and is said to contain nutrients, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid — all beneficial for your epidermis. Basically, snail mucin promises that “glow” everyone’s after.
It’s the latest “It” ingredient to come out of the South Korean beauty boom, but there’s no science to back up the claims, so proceed with slimy caution. I’ll admit I’ve tried a mask and didn’t hate the results, but I’m not in any rush to go for round two.