Uguisu No Fun Facial (aka “Nightingale Feces”)
Once a favorite of Japanese geishas and Kabuki actors, this one involves using sterilized nightingale poop to lighten and balance skin tone. Chock-full of the amino acid guanineand its enzymes, the avian excrement is supposed to cleanse and soften skin. As the guano is harvested from caged nightingales in Japan, the birds’ diets are controlled to produce the most nutrient-rich product.
Lamb Placenta Facial
Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, this facial involves having lamb placenta smeared on your face and then pricking the skin with tiny needles so the stem-cell fluid can better penetrate. Recipients allege instant results: lifted, tightened, firmed skin and fast cell regeneration.
It’s not news that eating your placenta after birth is a growing trend as a way to replace vitamins and nutrients and recover faster from labor, but using animal placenta as a beauty treatment takes the idea to a whole new level, one I’m not sure I want to be on.
Vampire (Blood) Facelift
Saving the best for last, the “vampire facelift” involves taking blood from your arm and injecting it back into your face. It’s a little more complicated than that (the plasma in your drawn blood is enriched with platelets before being returned via acupuncture needles), but the effects are supposedly meant to “rejuvenate the face” and erase wrinkles. But ifKim Kardashian‘s foray into sanguine beauty treatments is any indication, the procedure is incredibly painful and also downright bizarre.