Weird Beauty Treatments You Didn’t Know Celebrities Were Getting

It's hard being a celeb – you have to eat clay, smother your face in bird poop, and steam your... downstairs area. Wait, what?! Yup. You better believe it! It seems that weird beauty treatments have become a part of what it takes to be a star.

Us normal folks can try hard to mimic the celebrity glow. From eyebrow threading to eye-lash extensions, there are plenty of pricey (but relatively sane) procedures available to the masses. But for celebrities with a lot more time, money, and societal pressure to look good, the treatments get even more extreme. For example, do you want to eat clay like Shailene Woodley does? Or how about cover your body in leeches a la Demi Moore? When it comes to vampire facials (thanks, Kim K) and smothering your face in bird poop (like Victoria Beckham), well, maybe you should pass. Then again, not all of these sound that terrible. In fact, a 24K gold facial (like Bar Refaeli loves) or even a ruby and diamond facial (like Mila Kunis gets) sound downright enjoyable.

Take a look at this list of weird celebrity beauty treatments, and leave a note about which one you wish you could get.

  • Eating Clay
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    Eating Clay

    Celebrity Endorsement: Shailene Woodley

    Celebs like Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz have touted the benefits of eating clay, according to The New York Times. Woodley even went so far as to say it's "one of the best things you can put in your body." Clay, which is high in calcium, iron, and copper, allegedly boosts your immune system. 
  • Sheep Placenta Facial
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    Sheep Placenta Facial

    Celebrity Endorsement: Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, Victoria Beckham, Simon Cowell... the list goes on

    To get their skin looking fresh and rested before a big event, lots of celebs have the go to of the sheep placenta facial. According to Beverly Hills placenta facialist Louise Deschamps, "The process begins with a skin polish and extractions (as needed), followed by an oxygen infusion with vitamin water. The placenta stem-cell mask is applied, and clients are asked to sit under an LED light for ten minutes to ensure better penetration." And you can get as many as you want, depending on your budget. Which, coincidentally, needs to be pretty big given that these come in at $500 a pop.

  • Bird Poop Facial
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    Bird Poop Facial

    Celebrity Endorsement: Victoria Beckham

    Celebs like Victoria Beckham love bird poop facials. Beckham fell in love with the treatment (which involves rubbing a powdered form of bird poop on your face) after a trip to Japan, according to Daily Mail.  The poop allegedly contains enzymes that break down dead skin. 

  • V-Steam
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    Celebrity Endorsement: Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow is probably more well known for her weird beauty and health treatments than her acting career. And one of the weirdest practices to come from Gwen is the vagina steam, which is also quaintly known as the "V-Steam." This process involves sitting on "what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al," as described by Paltrow in Us Magazine
  • Jade And Ice Facial
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    Jade And Ice Facial

    Celebrity Endorsement: Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys's makeup-free look, which she rocks on red carpets and episodes of The Voice, might make you hate her. Seriously, how are her pores so small and her skin so flawless? According to her facialist, Sharon McGlinchey, all you need is some cucumber, ice, and... frozen jade to make it happen. McGlinchey says it's easy! "I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin. I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life, it practically makes her skin say, 'Hi. I love you.'" Simple enough, right?

  • Vampire Facial
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    Vampire Facial

    Celebrity Endorsement: Kim Kardashian

    We all saw the episode of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami where Kim K got the vampire facial. As explained by Elle, the procedure involves a "dermapen" that contains several acupuncture-sized needles which are injected into your face to cause you to bleed. Why? Apparently the process stimulates collagen and elastin fibers in your skin, which makes it smoother and clearer... and tear-stained.