From getting bird feces smeared on your face to having weird skin eating fish eat the dead skin off of your body which one will you try
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8. Bull Semen Hair Treatment
Several companies have come out with hair products that include bovine seminal plasma, or bull semen as one of their main ingredients. Who knows how someone came up with this idea, perhaps a toro working part time in a salon was watching There’s Something About Mary and had an epiphany. Either way it is said to be a very effective treatment for your skin. According to one salon owner it leaves your hair looking wonderfully strong and thick and that the product doesn’t smell. Another company trying to sell products that included the semen touted it as “Viagra for your hair,” which is an interesting, though admittedly clever way of putting it.
7. Shark Liver Oil
Shark’s livers create an oil called squalene. Once this oil is extracted it is used to create Shark Liver Oil which can be found in many different beauty products such as lip balm, sunscreen and moisturizers. It has also been used for centuries as a remedy for respiratory tract and digestive system problems. While the use of this product has declined due to environmental concerns, it is still widely used to this day.
Cochineal beetles feed on cactus plants in Central and South America. The females eat red cactus berries. As a result, crushing the beetles produces a very powerful red dye. This dye is safe for human consumption and is used in lipstick and eyeshadow along with several food items like ice cream and candy. Starbucks got some vegan consumers upset when they admitted to using the dye in some of their drinks.
5. Animal Fat
Animal fat is used as a skin-conditioning agent and an emollient in many different cosmetics like lipstick. But where does the animal fat come from? The answer to that question is not very pretty. Lab animals, deadstock, euthanized shelter animals, expired meat and roadkill are just a few of the interesting sources of this main beauty product ingredient. The carcasses are then boiled in a pot to create the fatty byproducts that are used in most of the cosmetics that you put on your face and all over your body.
4. Snake Massage
Apparently if you let snakes rub over your whole body, it can actually be described as a soothing experience that helps people feel more relaxed. This unconventional massage technique certainly doesn’t sound like a relaxing time at all but to each his own. The snakes used are usually python’s who have their mouths taped shut to avoid biting. This bizarre treatment has been marketed in Indonesia, Israel, and Russia. It is also marketed in Thailand, a country known as one of the top spa destinations in the world and a leader in new age and unconventional beauty techniques.
3. Snail Facial
Snail mucus contains nutrients and antioxidants, so it is no wonder that people in Thailand started to use snails and their slime to give facials. People in Thailand certainly believe in the snails rejuvenating qualities, but expert opinions are mixed. While it is unclear how beneficial these treatments can be it certainly provides a welcome alternative to botox and plastic surgery in the beauty world.
2. Fish Pedicure
Having a bunch of tiny fish slowly eat away at your feet sounds like something out of a nightmare, but it is actually an up and coming way to get a pedicure. The fish are known as garra rufa or “Doctor Fish.” They seem to enjoy eating the calluses and other gnarly imperfections that can be found on your feet. This recently utilized treatment may not be totally safe. A group of British scientists reported in 2012 that the doctor fish may carry bacteria responsible for an array of potentially dangerous skin and soft tissue infections. While this is only theoretical as not enough cases of infection have been reported to cause alarm the group warns older people and people with compromised immune systems to stay away from this alternative treatment.
1. Eel Baths
This exfoliating treatment originated in China and has gained some popularity in the United States. The treatment involves fully immersing yourself into a bath of tiny eels. This crazy technique is one step above the fish pedicure, and it also seems to be a lot more dangerous, something that Zhang Nan can attest to first hand. The 56 year old Chinese man took an eel bath and at first could only feel the eels nibbling at his body. But then things quickly went south, literally and figuratively. Non described feeling a severe pain and came to the harsh realization that one of the eels had found its way into his penis. The eel made its way into his kidney and the man ended up needing a 3 hour operation in what can perhaps be best described as a living nightmare.