The stunning and bizarre quest for youth .
Women and men can go to astonishing lengths to look young. From the ancient Romans who willingly rubbed lead oxide on their faces for a pale complexion to expensive potions containing crocodile dung and snake venom, the beauty world isn’t short of outlandish and outrageous ingredients. Read on for the five most peculiar beauty products available today.
Meteorite face creams
This is one of those out-of-this-world anti-ageing treatments just arrived from Spain. Marketed as Celestial Secret by Essential Beauty Supplies, the potion contains meteorite dust and is also packed with minerals, calcium, iron and magnesium, ingredients that have beneficial properties. The 4.5 billion year-old meteorite particles are collected by nomadic tribes in the Sahara and sent to Spain for powdering and processing. The final youth elixir also contains extracts from semi-precious stones such as haematite and olivine and botanicals like beech bud extracts to moisturize and seal the skin’s barrier. The result: firm, moist, luminous youthful skin. However, with a hefty price tag of $400 a pop you’ll want to use it a little sparingly. The meteorite range also includes a professional spa treatment comprising four professional-only products applied with an anti-stress massage and the brand’s anti-aging youth elixir.
Animal or bid poo anyone?
Celebrities will try anything before a glam red carpet do, even the excrement of earthworms it appears. The creators of Wrinkle Butter, Fresh Beauty Market claims that beside its anti-wrinkle, skin plumping properties, this exotic concoction can cure skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
And then there is Uguisu No Fun, a Japanese spa cream and exfoliant made with nothing less than nightingale poop. Long favored by geishas and Kabuki actors in Japan nightingale droppings are believed to have marvelous skin brightening, healing and re-texturizing properties thanks to the presence of guanine that gives a ‘pearly luster’. This exotic offering doesn’t come cheap. Ask for a spa session-cum-facial only if you’re willing to shell out $ 180 for a 60 minute session at the Shizuka New York Day Spa. Tom Cruise and Victoria and David Beckham are believed to be fans.
Restorative placental creams
Want to know what’s super model Elle Macpherson, and actors Eva Longoria, JLo and Miranda Kerr’s fave skin potion? Placental creams and shampoos. According to Kentaro Yoshida, director of the Japan-based Yoshida Clinic that specializes in dermatology and author of the book Placenta Power, the Chinese have been using animal placentas as a remedy for aging skin and shiny hair for more than over 2000 years.
Placentas culled from animal fetuses in the early stage of pregnancy are sterilized before being freeze-dried and added to skin and hair products. Needless to say placental beauty brands like Mistine Placenta-Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Cream-Facial Care and Lanocrème Placenta have a loyal fan following.
The buzzing new facial
Yes, you guessed it. It’s the bee venom facial, hailed as “natural Botox” by fervent loyalists that include actor Michelle Pfeiffer and Kate Middleton, better known as the Duchess of Cambridge who had a bee venom mask before her 2011 wedding to Prince William.
The bee venom is not directly applied to skin but added to face pack creams that are slathered on the face twice weekly and then rinsed off. The venom contains melittin, an anaphylactic, that causes a strong tingling. The body thinks it’s under attack and increases circulation, causing skin tightening collagen with to leap into the fray. The result: plumped up, visibly tightened skin. Be prepared to spend $130 a session.
A mouthwash by any other name
Gargling with vodka. This one’s clearly for the bored and restless, for times when plain old mouthwash just doesn’t cut it. Manhattan-based celebrity dentist Jennifer Jablow DDS says that Victoria Secret models and Hollywood A-listers are increasingly turning to a mixture of vodka, mint sprigs, lemon or cinnamon to fresh breath and prevent staining. However, the doctor is quick to point out that this latest fad does just the reverse because it dries out the mouth, causing bad breath.
And the others…
There are plenty other equally bizarre and somewhat squeamish products being thrown up in the name of beauty. Take your pick from rejuvenating spa sessions with breast milk, human sperm SkinScience moisturizers and skin creams currently available in the UK, and Rodial’s Glamoxy Snake Serum beauty potions for frozen-in-time beauty.