If you want to save yourself from cringing at some of these truly bizarre facial beauty treatments, just head straight to our anti-aging skin regimen!
Six Bizarre Beauty TreatmentsBee Venom Facial: Rumor has it that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is a fan of bee venom facials, which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, heal acne, and works as an alternative to Botox. The bee venom, mixed into a cream, tricks the skin into believing it has been stung. The body reacts by sending blood to the affected area and stimulating collagen production. Other than the hefty price tag per treatment, there’s another downside: Just like you can have an allergic reaction to a bee sting, you can have a similar reaction to a bee venom facial.
Placenta Face Mask: If the bee venom facial didn’t send you running to stock up on Estala’s anti-aging facial products, maybe this will. Placenta face masks use both human and animal placentas to moisturize, soothe, and make your skin, erm... baby soft? Before you get too grossed out, the placentas are freeze-dried, sterilized and ground into a powder before you use them, but the practice still seems iffy. Although, Jennifer Lopez swears by this treatment and she is as beautiful as ever, so maybe there’s something to it.
Lead Makeup: We know that many common products used to contain lead before we really knew about the harm it could do. However, one practice took the use of lead to an extreme: lead makeup. During the Elizabethan Era, the paler your skin, the more beautiful you were considered. Women would cover their face with a foundation made of white lead and vinegar. Even though writings from the time suggest it made your skin grey and shriveled, it was still considered a beauty essential for any well-respecting woman.
Vampire Facial: Thanks to Kim Kardashian, the vampire facial has received a lot of press and many women are curious about this slightly gruesome beauty treatment. For this anti-aging beauty treatment, blood is taken from the arm and spun in a centrifuge to separate plasma from red blood cells. Then your plasma is injected into your face, supposedly stimulating collagen growth. While the experts debate on whether or not this procedure actually works, the treatments run upwards of $800, and we can think of a few better ways to spend our money.
Hemorrhoid Cream To Depuff Eyes: Yet another celebrity endorsement, Sandra Bullock claims to use hemorrhoid cream under her eyes to reduce puffiness. Of all of the treatments we’ve talked about today, we’ll admit this one sounds the most legit - and there is some proof in this pudding. Apparently, Preparation H used to contain hydrocortisone and yeast that did help reduce inflammation and puffiness, but these ingredients have since been nixed from the recipe. We’d suggest playing it safe and using a cream for bags under eyes that is actually designed to go there. (Hint: We’ve got a great anti-aging eye cream!)
Milk Spray: These days, many beauty lines offer some sort of mist to spritz on your face, from rose water to makeup-setting spray. However, one of the oldest anti-aging tricks in the book - that, you know, doesn’t involve lead poisoning - is spritzing your face with a mixture of milk and water. While some experts say this might help to add moisture thanks to milk’s fatty acids, we don’t think it’s truly worth the sour smell that is bound to appear after about an hour.