Crazy celebrity beauty secrets

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Even the stars go to crazy and downright bizarre lengths to look hotter and younger for longer. Here’s a roundup of the most interesting treatments and the celebs who undergo them!

Placenta skin cream

Eva Longoria and Madonna both believe in a skin cream that contains an extract of sheep placenta to nourish and repair ageing skin by accelerating tissue regeneration and stimulating the skin’s immunity. It’s also believed to improve each and every skin condition, from eczema to even severe burns. Devotees say their skin feels firm, dewy and youthful.

eva, celebrity, make-upIt’s a ‘post-placenta glow’, darling…

Leech therapy

According to devotees of leech therapy, getting blood sucked out of you will result in clearer skin, cleaner blood, a faster metabolism and the healing of tissue. Leeches have been used medicinally for thousands of years, but are especially useful in skin grafts and reattachment surgery, and most recently as a beauty treatment. Demi Moore admits to going for regular sessions as a method of detoxification and to retard the ageing process. Moore says that the treatment is rather uncomfortable and uses Lamaze breathing techniques to help her ease the pain. Ouch…

demi Demi Moore takes her beauty treatments bloody seriously.

Snake venom facials

The likes of Cheryl Cole, Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow are all followers of a new skin serum that contains extracts of snake venom. It’s said to work by relaxing expression lines much in the same way that a poisonous snake bite would relax its prey. Without a needle (or a snake!) in sight, this treatment is also known as soft-Botox and is a perfect solution for those who find Botox injections too painful or invasive.

gwynAfraid of needles, Gwyn?

Bird pooh facials

If your desire is clear, revived, porcelain-like skin, perhaps you might be interested in a facial containing genuine nightingale droppings! The aptly named Uguisu no fun (‘no fun’ – I bet!) is a Japanese powder made from songbird feces. New York skincare guru Shizuka Bernstein reckons regular facials with nightingale droppings will brighten, heal and re-texturize skin due to it’s natural enzyme and guanine content while imparting a pearly-looking glow. Victoria Beckham is a fan.

victoria Does her skin look like it’s got a pearlescent glow to you?

Bull semen hair masks

Bull semen hair mask, anyone? Hailed as Viagra for hair, this outlandish conditioning treatment combines the semen of Aberdeen Angus bulls with the Katera plant from Iran to nourish and protect depressed and damaged hair. Those who’ve tried it say the result is bouncy, glossy, moisturized tresses. Ever wonder where Catherine Zeta-Jones gets her gorgeously shiny locks?

catherine zCZJ swears by it, so it can’t be bull…

Do any of these treatments sound worthwhile to you? If so, let us know… Now, to read about more celeb skincare secrets  (that don’t involve semen or pooh).

Written by

Mum-of-two by day and beauty writer by night, Ané Theron is also a qualified scuba diving instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist.

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  1. Hess

    Leeches and sheep placenta – yes if I look like Demi Moore!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    This all sounds so scary. I am perfectly happy sticking to over the counter products thanks.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    No wonder we can’t keep up with them lol

    5 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Leeches? blood sucking and bull semen no thank you… Great article, very interesting but not for me.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Woww… Now this is taking beauty to weird levels… But if it works why not, and they can afford it so great!

    5 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Some of these treatments are really nasty.

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    Some of these celebs are totally outrageous!

    5 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    i dont think i would ever try any of these

    5 years ago •

  1. Charles

    My worry is HOW do they go about obtaining these ‘ingredients’?!?

    5 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    Goodness, what lengths people will go to to look pretty!

    5 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Eeeewwwh….Bull semen? I’ll pass thank you!

    5 years ago •

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