Since the dawn of time, humans have been on a mission to find new and better ways to look younger. The money the cosmetic industry takes in annually is truly phenomenal, and sadly they are cashing in on women being unhappy with our appearance (boo!). While the ideal would be that everyone should be happy in their own skin, the truth is that looking good means feeling good for a lot of people.
These new and very interesting anti-aging 'treatments' will blow you away. We all know the saying pain means beauty, but is this all a bit much?
- Stinging Nettles
I have officially heard it all. Nettles have tiny spines that inject chemicals silicic acid and histamine so stinging yourself with them can apparently invigorate your skin in an anti-aging kind of way. Believe it or not, people are actually using nettles to reduce wrinkles and increase skin elasticity and even on their legs to help with cellulite.
- Blood Facials
We have heard of this one, possibly because of the crazy photo Kim K posted on social media that went viral. The idea is that the blood injections are supposed to help release growth factors into the skin that firm and rejuvenate it. Practitioners draw blood from your arm, and then use it to create a “product” that has tissue-building elements.
- Face Slapping
So people are actually paying technicians to slap their faces now - and it's not cheap. This strange but true facial originated in Thailand and grew towards the States. Advertised as a face-firming massage, or a firm patting, thumping, pushing, or manipulating tissue massage, this facial is set to make its way over our direction this coming year. Does it work? Who knows? I can understand how it would bring blood flow back to the skin, but I'm not sure I would be paying someone to slap my face.
- Bird Poo Facials
This treatment originates from Japan. The poo of a Nightingale is imported from the country, sterilised and turned into a powder substance. It apparently contains enzymes which help exfoliate and soothe the skin, as well as natural guanine, an essential part of DNA. You are supposed to emerge feeling rejuvenated with skin that is more vibrant and glowing. It is recommended to acne sufferers as it’s said to cleanse pores, control oil, fade discolouration and brighten skin tone.
- Snail Facial
This treat originated in Asia, no surprise there. However, the French actively use it in a lot of their skin creams too. Snail mucus does contain proteins, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. But does it actually do anything for your skin when the snail crawls across your face? I'm not sure. Reviews do state that the skin looks softer, firmer and more youthful and it's also chemical free. I can't say I could stomach it myself.
I know we are all concerned with the effect ageing has on our complexions, but these all seem a little extreme. Have you tried any of these rare, weird or wonderful facials?
What will they think of next?