Since the dawn of time, men and women have been willing to subject themselves to some very curious cosmetic treatments in an effort to look their best. Although most men and women in Denver are practical enough to prefer traditional plastic surgery over the latest fad, here’s a look at some of the most bizarre beauty treatments from around the world.
Bee venom is the hottest new ingredient in a number of skincare serums hitting the market right now, and claims to improve skin texture while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In theory, the bee venom tricks the skin into thinking it's been stung, and the skin responds with a rush of blood and increased collagen production. No bees are harmed during venom collection.
The sheep placenta facial is an application of a concentrated serum containing extract from sheep placenta. The idea is that the placenta has a heavy concentration of stem cells, which have an amazing capacity for cell repair. However, skeptics point out that only live stem cells have these properties, and the live cells are not present in any skincare products. Still, sheep placenta facial appointments continue getting booked.
The latest craze in Japan is using live snails as part of a high-end facial treatment. Proponents of the procedure claim that the natural snail slime is rich with antioxidants that nourish the skin, while the motion of the snails removes dead skin cells. Snail creams and serums are also popular over-the-counter products, in case the live option is a little too much to handle.
Do any of these treatments really work? It’s hard to say. Luckily, plastic surgery and proven medical spa treatments are available for the rest of us.