Bizarre facials are nothing new. Throughout the centuries, people have tried various things to make their skin softer, more supple, and wrinkle-free. They haven't always worked, nor have they always been safe. Today, there are stringent guidelines for most beauty treatments, but there are still some that fall outside of the realm of normal and into the field of potentially dangerous. Yet there are people who are brave for beauty — especially celebrities with influence — and swear by even the boldest of skin care.
Will bodily fluids give you a better skin tone? Does fire combat aging? Does venom make your skin glow? If you're interested in any of these treatments or even have the nerve to try them, here's the skinny on some of the strangest facials available. Some are easy to come by (and you can even do them at home), while for others you'll have to travel to far-off exotic places to indulge. Vote up the wildest facials on this list that you'd be willing to try!
A "Vagacial" Treats Ingrown Hairs And Smooths Skin Down Below
Haven Spa's Peach Smoothie treatment is a revolutionary "vagacial." A Vagacial is exactly what it sounds like—a facial for your vagina—and is carried about in much the same way as a regular facial. The skin in your pubic area is cleansed and exfoliated before extractions—yes, the esthetician will pull dirt and ingrown hairs from your pores down there—begin. And yes, like with anywhere else on your body, they can be painful. Extractions are then followed by a clay mask and toner to soothe the skin. The process takes about a half an hour and isn't that expensive—a session is about $35-$55.
Snails Crawling All Over Your Face Leave Mucus That's Said To Be Good For Your Skin
Escargot—it's not just for dinner anymore. Yes, you can now hire a crew of tiny, slithery beauticians to do their mucus-laden walk all over your face. That is—if you're outside of the US. The FDA has not yet approved the practice.
While there hasn't been much in the way of scientific proof to confirm that snail mucus does wonders for the skin, there are beauticians in Asia and Europe who purport its healing abilities. Snail mucus is said to contain proteins, anti-oxidants, and hyaluronic acid and the treatment costs considerably less than Botox. People also claim that snails have cured their acne. So unless you have an issue with small, slimy living creatures making their rounds on your face, it can't hurt to give it a try!
Face Slapping Is A Thai Remedy For Sagging Skin
Wake up your skin with a little slap! Face-slapping has been a Thai anti-aging technique for at least a century and is believed to “help with wrinkles, makes your face slimmer, and makes your pores smaller,” or so say Mawin and Tata Sombuntham of Tata Massage in San Francisco.
Tata is the "esthetician" who lightly slaps her customer's faces for about $350 a session. She claims the practice has been around Thailand for more than 100 years. There is some benefit to the practice, according to New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, who says that slapping will "increase blood flow" and "stimulate collagen" to the areas of the face being manipulated, but it can probably only really do so much.
Bird Poop Is A Centuries-Old Japanese Facial Treatment
Some cultures believe getting hit by bird poop is good luck, and at least one New York City day spa, Shizuka New York, has taken that idea a step further by claiming it's also good for your skin. The $180 "Geisha Facial" a.k.a. Bird Poop Facial, uses uguisu no fun (powdered nightingale droppings) as the main ingredient in its formula. While new to the United States, the Japanese have sworn by this treatment since the 1600s. Now, you can even buy your own version online to try at home.