5 unorthodox beauty phenomenons
On the quest to be forever young and bewitchingly beautiful, we’ve picked up wacky habits and weird ingredients along the way...
A tale as old as time; the quest to be beautiful has led human beings down the rabbit hole of extreme beauty treatments. Administering 20 cc's of botox into your face is almost as common to a trip to the hairdressers and non surgical nose jobs can be done in your lunch break. But aside from the surgical extremes and permanent facial shuffling, the makers of the beauty industry's creams, lotions and potions are looking in places far-flung in the quest for results that will mean tauter and firmer bodies and faces. Marking our Alternative Beauty Day, here are five of the weirdest and most unorthodox beauty phenomenons we could find. Partake in them at your own peril!
Ramen noodles jacuzzi
Ever loved the taste of tonkotsu style ramen and just thought to yourself, 'gosh I wish I could just bathe in this porky goodness!?" Well the Yunessun Spa House in Hakone, Japan offers you the chance to become the human ramen bowl you've always wanted to be.
Owner of the spa, Ichiro Furuya claims that ramen's pork bone broth is an excellent source of collagen and helps improve the look of customer's skin as well increases metabolism. The treatment involves sweating it out in the broth and the accompanying synthetic noodles (as real noodles have been banned by Japanese authorities). Being part of a human noodle bowl not for you? Don't fret, the spa also offers sake and green tea jacuzzis so you can stew in style.
Vampire blood facials
In a move that feels like we've taken our obsession with True Blood and Twilight one step too far, vampire blood facials have become all the rage amongst beauty aficionados. Now Dracula doesn't donate his nights spoils in the name of beauty, the blood is actually your own which is extracted from the arm of the client and and spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected into the face to promote a smooth and plump visage. Our advice? Best sleep with one eye open before your best mate runs down to Harley Street with a vile of your blood!
Snail slime face cream
While it is commonly known that our European friends have long been devouring all manner of mollusc, it's lesser known that snails are harvested for medicinal and cosmetics properties as well. While the snails shells are often used in fertilizers. the secretion of snails can be used from everything from minor wounds to warts. And due to the elastin, anti-microbials and hyaluronic and glycolic acids found in the mucus, snail slime is now hot beauty property for face creams with price tags running over £200 for prime slime. You can also opt for live snails to trail your face in a facial too! Who knew the key to the fountain of youth lay in your childhood garden?
Bird poo facials
For a mere £180, you can have the pleasure of having bird faeces smeared on your face in pursuit of blemish-free skin. The droppings are usually mixed with ingredients such as rice bran and rosewater to mask the scent help promote a clearer and brighter skin-tone. Originating in Japan and made popular by geishas, the treatment has since been adopted by A-listers in the US and the UK. Far from using the everyday extrement of your neighbourhood statue-dwelling pigeon, there are Japanese nightingale farms where the birds are fed special diets of seeds and berries to ensure premium poo for the facials. We shit you not!
Bee venom skincare
Wanna be Queen Bee, quite literally…? The key to anti-ageing skincare apparently lies in bee venom. Luxury skincare brand Rodial's line of bee venom products claims to plump fine line and wrinkles by controlling muscle contractions in the face. The venom works by tricking the body into thinking it's been stung rushing blood to the area promoting firmness and tautness. The british beauty brand even offers you a selection infused with 24-carat-gold for "instant radiance." Race you to the nearest hive!
As we share the first series of Beyond Beauty with Grace Neutral in full, follow us deeper into the world of alternative beauty. From the unorthodox to the obscure and the weird to the wonderful, we're celebrating the people, subcultures, treatments and trends helping to redefine beauty.
Text Lynette Nylander