10 Most Bizarre And Wacky Beauty Products
Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, women would go to any length to make and keep themselves young and beautiful. Vanity knows no limits and will venture any and every possibility when it comes to the pursuit of beauty and youthfulness; nothing is too bizarre or ridiculous. The ancient Egyptians used crocodile dung as a facial mask; the beauty products of today do not fall short of the disgusting and weird standard. Here are the ten beauty products on the market today that are sometimes silly, sometimes ridiculous, and sometimes downright weird.
The slime secretion of snails, specifically the garden variety Helix aspersa, is responsible for the healing and regeneration of their shells. Because of the healing and regenerative properties of snail slime, it has been incorporated into some beauty products which claim that it can help get rid of acne and improve stretch marks and scarring. In addition to the antioxidant properties, snail secretion also has anti-bacterial effects.
Once again, the key ingredient being touted in eating pig’s feet is collagen, which is a protein that maintains skin and muscle tone. Collagen is present in anti-wrinkle creams and lip injections and since pig’s feet are very high in collagen, it is being marketed as an edible way to combat wrinkles. However, consumption of pig’s feet is most certainly less effective in keeping the scalpel away. You can get more benefits from having a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Snake venom cream products are actually a synthetic form of snake venom. The venom used is harvested from thousands of snakes from Brazilian snake farms. Snake venom produces the same effects as botox; the neurotoxins from the venom of poisonous snakes, like cobras, vipers, and rattlesnakes, paralyze the muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The cream is directly applied to the face and is safe to use and less invasive than injections.
Placenta used in the wrinkle cream is most often derived from bovine placentas and sometimes from plants and humans. Manufacturers claim that placenta is rich in proteins that moisturize the skin and combat wrinkles, therefore slowing down the appearance of visible signs of aging. However, when the benefits of placenta were first discovered in the 1940s, manufacturers made a medical claim that placenta gave off the benefits of hormones and stimulated cell growth which the FDA considered an illegal assertion because it was unsupported scientific proof.
Hair is made up of a mass of flexible protein strands and is essentially dead. There are some proteins that help form a protective layer around the hair and this fact gave birth to the idea that protein treatments can keep your hair smooth, shiny, and healthy. In the UK, if you’re very serious about having smooth and shiny hair, you can have bull semen massaged into your scalp. Supposedly, bull semen is the ultimate source of concentrated protein.
Guanine, an enzyme found in nightingale droppings, is an ingredient in many make up products and is claimed to make a good job of exfoliating and bleaching the skin. In Japan, the Japanese beauty secret called “uguisu no fun,” or sterilized nightingale droppings, have been around for hundreds of years and popular with Kabuki actors and geishas; they used uguisu no fun to remove make up and keep their skin soft. The practice of applying bird excrement on the face has spread to the western world and doesn’t come cheap. One ounce of the product costs $20 and a facial treatment at the Shizuka Day Spa in New York costs $180!
Leech therapy, or hirudotherapy, has been around for almost 1,000 years; the therapy was used to treat skin disease and help patients recover from surgery. Nowadays, these blood-sucking parasites are used to detoxify the body, treat varicose veins, reduce blood coagulation, and help stimulate blood circulation in reattached organs. The medicinal species of leech used is called Hirudo medicinalis and the practice of having these parasites feed on the blood is very popular in Austria.
This bizarre skin care procedure originated from Turkey where a species of carp, also called doctor fish, living in natural hot springs suck off pieces of dead, flaking skin from the feet of people who bathe there. In the west, the fish are kept in a tank where you can soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes while they nibble the dead skin cells off your feet. The fish are toothless and the process is harmless.
Collagen is a protein that is responsible for skin strength and elasticity; injections are used to smooth out frown lines, crow’s feet wrinkles, and smile lines. Collagen is also injected in the lips to make them fuller. Collagen has the same use as botox but one of its sources may be considered bizarre, if not downright outrageous. Collagen from bovine was the most commonly used, but about three in 100 people experience an allergic reaction. The other source for collagen is humans, specifically aborted fetuses, placentas, and donated cadavers. Some even claim that collagen is being harvested from executed prisoners in China without their family’s consent and sold to socialites in the UK. Human-derived collagen injections are marketed mainly because the risk of an allergic reaction is virtually non-existent.
Botox injection procedures are very familiar and ordinary, but most of the people who have botox injected into their skin are not aware where it comes from. Botox is short for Botulinum toxin, the single most toxic protein and one of the most naturally occurring poisonous substances ever known to man. Clostridium botulinum is the source of the toxin and food contamination by this organism can lead to serious poisoning; one microgram is lethal to humans. However, the amounts used in botox injection procedures are very small and, consequently, harmless.