Bizarre Anti-Aging Treatments We Can’t Believe Exist
Humans are obsessed with feeling young and looking young. When it comes to maintaining that youthful glow, some people have no limits. Today, there are endless treatments that claim to have incredible anti-aging benefits — some of which are downright bizarre.
For those who cower at the mere thought of a single wrinkle, cleansers and high-end creams just won’t do it. Instead, trying something like bee venom or blood moisturizers is more their speed. Check out some of the most bizarre anti-aging treatments out there and decide for yourself if they’re worth the risk.
One of the more dangerous anti-aging treatments to become popular in recent years includes…lighting your face on fire. The facials, which have become popular in China, involve placing a towel soaked in alcohol and a special “elixir” on your face. Then the towel is lit on fire for a few seconds.
The fire apparently stimulates the skin and is supposed to address dullness, sagging, and wrinkles. If it doesn’t burn your face off, you might just be immortal anyways.
If the word “fraxel” sounds like “fracture” to you then you’re on the right track with this anti-aging treatment. The technique involves making deliberate “microscopic injuries” to problem areas that you want to target. Apparently, it’s supposed to trigger our natural collagen rebuilding processes and force the skin to rejuvenate.
The science is out on its anti-aging benefits but it has shown to help those who suffered from acne scarring.
The “face gym” treatment is touted as a non-invasive muscle manipulation treatment that is supposed to “tone the muscles.” Unlike going to the actual gym though, you just have to lay there while someone else works your muscles for you.
A technician will use rejuvenating techniques and products that are supposed to make your face muscles strong and toned. Even the doctors admit that it’s closer to a “maintenance program” than to an anti-aging treatment. While prices vary, workouts typically cost between $70 and $275.
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Also known as urotherapy or pee facials (yes, you read that right), this anti-aging treatment can be done at home every day. All you have to do is take a cotton ball and your fresh urine and blot it over your face. The urine can apparently provide your skin with essential nutrients that your body is flushing out otherwise.
The treatments allegedly heal discoloration and help with skin pigmentation problems that people can face as they age. The only question that isn’t answered is whether or not you use the urine while it’s warm or let it cool.
Bird Poo Facial
This controversial anti-aging treatment dates back to the era of Geishas in Japan. Geishas had to cover their faces in lead-based white paint. Since lead isn’t exactly good for the skin, they would clean their pores each night with a cream made of powdered nightingale dung.
The bird poo apparently acts as an exfoliant and skin brightener which can help with the overall anti-aging process. People have also claimed the dung facial helped reduce redness but no word yet on the smell.
Next, Kim Kardashian freaked people out when she unwent this bloody antiaging treatment on TV.
This treatment gained notoriety after none other than Kim Kardashian took a famous selfie of her face spotted with blood. The treatment involves taking blood from your vein then spinning it at a "very fast speed" in a centrifuge to separate the blood into platelets, blood, and plasma.
Next, they re-inject the new "platelet-rich plasma" into areas of your face to give the skin a "healthy boost." There’s no guarantee it won’t turn you into Dracula though.
Silicon Valley big wigs like Peter Thiel recently became fascinated with this new type of anti-aging treatment: plasma transfusions. Niche companies are now selling liters of plasma from donors who are “guaranteed” to be between the ages of 16 and 25.
The belief is that adding “young” plasma to someone’s “old” plasma could keep them looking and feeling younger. The trend got so serious that the FDA had to put out an official statement against the controversial infusions. While prices vary, you can expect to dish out around $12,000 for two liters of blood.
This anti-aging facial freezing has become increasingly popular because people claim it constricts blood vessels, reduces inflammation, and makes your face tighter. On the flip side, there’s no scientific research to back up the claims and you have to sit through liquid nitrogen being poured on your face.
Cryogenic freezing has been a big part of popular culture ever since Han Solo was frozen between Episode V and VI, so it’s no surprise it’s being used on our faces.
Bee Venom Injections
Bee stings might make your skin flare up but the stings apparently also have anti-inflammatory properties. The venom’s anaphylactic properties can temporarily relax wrinkles that are caused by clenched facial muscles. If you don’t want to do venom injections you can still buy creams and face masks with venom.
Obviously, don’t try this bizarre technique if you’re allergic to bees or else your skin will feel a million years older.
The next treatment has a futuristic name that you won’t believe is real.
Morpheus8 might sound like a futuristic sci-fi movie, but it’s actually a beauty treatment. This treatment relies on radio frequency to help your skin look tighter and rejuvenate on its own. The technique uses micro-needles and radio frequency to create full and equal thickness under the skin. Apparently, it can force the body to pick up that it needs to produce more collagen and elastin.
Some people have tried this technique not just for anti-aging but to completely restructure their face.
Sheep Placenta Facial
The placenta is a sack that holds nutrients for mammals who are pregnant. Sheep placentas, in particular, hold lots of iron, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that can diminish the effects of dry skin, sun damage, and aging.
Sheepsmilk has been touted for its numerous anti-aging benefits so some spas have taken it a step further with sheep placentas. Some of the world’s top celebrities have even tried out this treatment.
This is one of the techniques that goes back centuries. Many people know that acupuncture is the ancient Chinese craft of placing thin needles in certain areas of the body. Facial acupuncture is said to help combat wrinkles because the needles stimulates blood flow to the face.
That increased blood flow is said to force your skin to create more water and oil and remove toxins. This ancient bizarre treatment might be worth it if you’re not afraid of needles.
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If you’re ready to dish out the cash for it then you can visit a gold facial spa that will apply a liquid gold mask. Our skin naturally rejects gold, so when it is applied to your face, magic happens. The gold helps regenerate new cells, firm skin, and stops your natural collagen levels from reducing.
All of this anti-aging treatment can be yours for the low price of $4,000.
Ceramic Crystal Therapy
Ceramic crystal therapy involves microscopic crystals being injected into your face to make you look younger. The crystals are considered to be permanent and can keep a face looking full. The problem is that your face can continue aging which will make the crystals look more obvious.
Actress Jerry Hall is rumored to be one of the celebrities who love this anti-aging treatment. She’s also one of the people who can afford the $1,500 price tag.
Fork facials are the latest trend among 50-something celebrities like Madonna. The singer posted a video on her Instagram that showed the strange treatment, which involves running four-pronged forks across her face and poking her skin.
According to the specialists, the forks have microcurrents in them. By poking and prodding your face wit the forks, it "makes your cells slightly distressed" which makes them fight back by producing more collagen.
Eating Pigs Feet
This anti-aging “treatment” started out as an old wive’s tail in Japan and has made its way around the world since then. The original belief was that since because pig’s feet are naturally rich in collagen, eating them will help get rid of wrinkles.
This treatment is more preventative because the science behind it claims that 40% of our wrinkles come from sugary foods. That means eating pigs feet might compensate for things like cake and ice cream.
Snail Secretion Facials
If you can stomach the thought of snails crawling all over your face, then this weird beauty treatment might be for you. The slimy secretion that comes from snails has been used to soften and firm skin for centuries. Ancient Greeks used snail gel for centuries, but its properties were later rediscovered by Chilean farmers who realized their hands were softer after handling snails.
The snail secretion contains natural acids and elastic that help relieve redness, dryness, and fine lines on the skin.
Some people out there believe that putting fish eggs on your face can work even better than botox. The claim is that when caviar is freeze-dried and set on your face for an hour, it can help repair sun damage and minimize wrinkles.
The fish eggs (like the sheep placenta) are rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that can make your skin feel younger. The only problem is the treatment costs more than $1,000.
Snake Venom Cream
The only thing weirder than injecting bee venom into your face? Injecting snake venom into your face. One would assume that the venom is harmful but in super low doses the only thing it will do is puff up the skin and fill in the spaces between fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s important to be careful of the snake venom though. Since it is being absorbed through the skin, too much can quickly lead to adverse reactions.
This is one of the world’s oldest techniques when it comes to anti-aging. In fact, using leeches to suck out blood was used by ancient civilizations to cure just about anything. Nowadays the belief is that the leeches will suck out blood from your skin and remove toxins that are making the face look tired and weathered. Leeches can also apparently promote the production of collagen to keep you looking like a baby…in a good way.
Leech saliva also has ingredients that can treat hypertension and cardiovascular disease, so there might be some truth to it.
Most people don’t even want to put hemorrhoid cream on their behinds but a lot of celebrities are starting to use it on their face. Stars like Sandra Bullock stand behind using hemorrhoid cream to reduce puffiness around the eyes and smooth wrinkles.
Dermatologists say it actually works. Hemorrhoid creams as vasoconstrictors, which means it can narrow the blood vessels of any area. That reduces puffiness and can make the skin tighter.
Vitamin IV Drips
Another infusion-based anti-aging therapy involves hooking yourself up to an IV for 45 minutes, twice a week, and injecting high quantities of nutrients like B12, Vitamin C, and magnesium. Doctors don’t deny that those nutrients are good for your overall health but there’s no real connection to anti-aging.
That doesn’t change the fact that some celebrities like Simon Cowell swear by the treatment. The X-Factor judge even told GQ that he can "feel all the vitamins going through."
Coffee Grind Scrubs
Scrubbing both your face and body with coffee grinds as an anti-aging method has become so popular you’ll even see Instagram influencers promoting it. The idea is the caffeine in the grounds helps to increase blood flow and tighten the blood vessels and skin.
This treatment can be used for wrinkles on your face but some stars, like Halle Berry, have advertised using the coffee grounds for her legs and arms as an extra exfoliant.
Actress Jessica Biel popularized what is better known as Dermovia’s Lace Your Face mask. The mask looks like a weird doily but it’s soaked in collagen, apple stem cells, and squalene that is supposed to restore your skin’s pH balance.
The mask is also supposed to have a compression aspect to it which keeps your skin from not soaking up all the tightening extracts. It’s the perfect bizarre treatment if you want to feel young and look like you’re in the Phantom of the Opera.
It might seem gross to rub green slimy stuff all over your face but algae is said to do a lot for anti-aging methods. Algae contains antioxidants that can firm wrinkles, clear out pollutants, and apparently even reduce stress. The best part is the algae can repair UV ray damage which can make you look years older.
Straight algae facials can be gross and gooey but you can also find algae facials that mix with other moisturizers and creams, which makes it more bearable.
Ice Cube Dips
It might be an age-old trick but the idea of dunking your face into a bowl of freezing ice cubes is still pretty bizarre. Ice facials have a lot of similar results that cryogenic freezing does. Not only does it improves circulation in the skin but the ice cubes can reduce redness, breakouts, and tired looking weary skin.
Legendary actress Marilyn Monroe and even model Kate Moss stand by this treatment.
Red wine has a long history in the beauty industry and its anti-aging capabilities are the latest thing that beauty gurus have picked up on. Red wine contains something called resveratrol, which is supposed to protect against free radicals which are one of the main contributors to getting wrinkles and fine lines.
While you can drink up the wine and hope to get the benefits, you can now get wine facials done or buy creams and cleansers with red wine in them.
Breast Milk Soaps
We already know that milk can make our bones stronger but it can reduce our wrinkles too. Well, a certain milk can. Breast milk is packed with nutrients, vitamins, and healthy fats that are meant to help babies grow so some people have started using it on themselves. It also nourishes the epidermis AKA the outer layer of our skin.
Breast milk is being turned into soaps, body washes, and facials in order to reduce fine lines and give skin a youthful glow.