They say, no pain no gain, but these beauty treatments may be pushing that adage a bit too far. From live snakes to birds pooping, there are many bizarre beauty treatments, some of which are practised globally and recognized as good for the face and skin. Here's what turned up in our research.
6 Bizarre Beauty Treatments Followed Across The Globe
1. Snail Facial
One is the most widely practised beauty treatment from the list this one involves live snails crawling all over one's face. The mucous produced by these snails are known to help in reducing wrinkles and tighten the skin. Snails secrete a slime rich in nutrients, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid which is known to help hydrate and nourish the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. According to the Telegraph, the treatment is called the "Celebrity Escargot Course," and costs about $250.
2. Nightingale Facial
The Nightingale's facial claims to prevent blemishes and even skin tone. According to Daily Mail the treatment cost nearly INR 18,000 but many high-end salons charge thousands of dollars more for this treatment that uses nightingale excrement as a part of a facial treatment. After being treated with ultraviolet rays to kill bacteria, nightingale droppings are ground to a powder and mixed with water to form a special paste applied to the client's face.
3. Slap Facial
This facial is literally a slap in the face of all beauty treatments. A popular technique in Korea, customers' faces are slapped at least 50 times after finishing their daily skincare routine to get their blood circulation going and firm up facial muscles. According to Vice, a salon in San Francisco charges approximately INR 28,000 for 15 minutes of slaps.
4. Snake Massages
Each session involves three or four snakes, which calmly crawl across the customer's body, wrapping themselves on their back, arms, feet, head, and neck. The writhing motion and weight of the snakes are therapeutic. It is known to relieve stress and increase blood flow which tightens muscles from all over the body. According to New York Post, after first gaining popularity across Asia, particularly in Indonesia and the Philippines, these reportedly soothing snake skin sessions became available in many other countries including Brazil, Russia, Israel, and the US.
5. Fish Pedicure
However bizarre it may sound, fish pedicures are very common, even in India. Clients soak their feet in a pool with over 100 garra rufa fish; which are from the family Cypriniformes, and nibble away dead skin to leave feet soft and refreshed. The procedure will no doubt feel ticklish to the feet. In India, they are available at INR 750 for a 40-minute session at a mid-level salon.
Temperature therapy has been practised for many decades and Europeans have long implemented it to rejuvenate the skin and body and to reduce chronic pain. The first spa in North America to offer cryotherapy was reportedly opened in 2010 in British Colombia, Canada. Cryotherapy is the use of extreme cold to freeze and remove abnormal tissue.
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