When the first fine lines begin to appear on your forehead, or those telltale crinkles show up around the corners of your eyes, you may, like many of us, begin a bargaining process with age itself. We are willing to try all sorts of heavy-duty moisturizers, exfoliators, masks, and high-definition makeup products in order to hide them, but the quest for younger looking skin doesn’t stop at your local drugstore.
No, in fact dermatologists and aestheticians have developed a number of natural wrinkle cures that could easily be described as “crazy,” “creepy,” or just plain “gross.” And yet, celebrities seem to swear by them.
So, how far would you go to reverse visible signs of aging? For instance, do you think you could stomach any of these…?
Placenta Face Masks
Yes, placenta. As in afterbirth. Celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Harry Stiles have reported that they use facial treatments derived from sheep placenta to keep their skin looking young and fresh.
Now the thought of rubbing an actual placenta over your face seems like a stretch even for the most desperate among us, and dermatologists seem to understand that. Instead, they’ve extracted stem cells from the placenta and added them to a serum, which can then worked into facial skin cells through a combination of microdermabrasion and ionization.
While this treatment may seem a little “out there,” there is actually a lot of solid science backing up the benefits of stem cells, especially when it comes to reversing the signs of aging. In fact, it is apparently so effective that salons and spas right in your own town may be offering this treatment too.
Bee Venom Face Serum
The dreaded bee sting. There you are minding your own business when suddenly you feel that sharp pinch followed by a growing burning sensation. Being stung by a bee is something most people actively try to avoid, so you can see why eyebrows would be raised at the thought of applying bee venom to your face.
Yet, much like the placenta treatment above, bee venom is extracted and then added to a serum which is said to plump up the natural collagen in your skin creating a tightened and toned look. Celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton supposedly partake in this fringy sounding ritual to enhance their glowing skin.
However, in case we’ve left any lingering doubt, this treatment really is made from bee venom, so if you think you may have an allergy to bees, even a slight one, avoid it at all costs.
Bird Poop Facial
Still on board? Okay, here’s one that turns a lot of people off: a facial treatment made from nightingale excrement – a.k.a. bird poop.
Apparently, this treatment first gained popularity in Japan. Geishas used extremely heavy lead-based face paint to achieve that porcelain doll look. But removing all that makeup after a performance required some ingenuity. As it turns out, nightingale droppings have enzymes which were not only able to remove the makeup, but also appeared to protect and revitalize the skin.
How was this first discovered? Your guess is as good as ours.
Of course, the nightingale droppings used today have been dried, pulverized, and most importantly sterilized. In other words, don’t go chasing birds in your backyard for this one. Germs are germs, and you don’t want them on your face.
Snail Slime Treatment
Thus far, every item on our list has been based on something yucky, which has been turned into something more palatable like a serum.
In this case, no such luck. Living snails are actually placed on your face, and are allowed to crawl all over it.
So why on earth are people subjecting themselves to this? It seems that natural enzymes found in snail slime contain nutrients and antioxidants that can, it is claimed, firm up and tone facial skin.
Needless to say, if you’re afraid of anything creepy or crawly avoid this one!
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial is also known as “vampire” skincare. In short, your treatment begins with a doctor or medical assistant drawing a vial of blood from your arm. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected into your face.
Sounds unpleasant? To be fair, most people are looking to avoid needles when it comes to their beauty routine, so we totally understand.
Believe it or not, PRP therapy has been around for a long time. Patients with deep wounds or burns are often treated using the same process with positive results. In short, PRP promotes healing and repair, so why wouldn’t that also work to help reduce the signs of aging?
So what do you think about these off-the-wall treatments? Would you be willing to try any, or do you think you’ll just stick with your tried-and-true moisturizer?