Ophidiophobics beware! In Israel, a hybrid farm/spa offers snake massages (apparently there’s a long waiting list for an appointment) that involve non-venomous slithering masseuses. If you can get over the utter terror of having snakes moving around on your back, the massage is said to relieve tension and stress, with larger specimens kneading out knots with their movements, and smaller ones “fluttering” across the skin to calm and caress.
Why eat blinis when you can rub the caviar all over your face? That’s right, folks. Fresh fish eggs are rich in peptides and amino acids that, when massaged into skin, promise to do everything from reverse aging to cure acne, all while promoting cell regeneration. Pun intended, this treatment seems less fishy than many others on this list, mostly because we know just how great omega-3-rich seafood is for skin.
Bee Venom Mask
Marketed as a natural, organic alternative to Botox, covering your face with bee venom-infused cream cream supposedly leads to lifted, tightened, and firmed facial muscles. How does it work? The cream tricks your skin into thinking it’s been stung with melittin, the principal active component in bee venom, which then causes increased blood flow to the area … more blood flow equals fuller, rosier skin.
I don’t know about skin care, but bee venom has been used successfully in the treatment of HIV, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases, so maybe there’s something to be said for adding it to your beauty routine.
One of the more invasive practices on this list, a butter massage is a traditional Ethiopian treatment that involves nudity, a smoking hole in the ground, and, you guessed it, butter. After a head-to-toe rubdown, butter is applied everywhere (in and out) and women are instructed to squat above a smoke hole in the ground until the butter melts. Typically performed after giving birth, the practice apparentlytightens, cleanses, and repairs vaginal muscles.