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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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).