My beauty regime is pretty tame -- it includes soap, moisturizing lotion, and the occasional facial scrub. It does NOT include venom, blood, or skin-eating fish. But those are things that some on a quest for beauty will use when trying to get a silkier, smoother, more youthful complexion.
Here are 8 of the most bizarre beauty treatments you can get ... if you're brave enough!
Would you want a school of small toothless carp to swim up to your feet and nibble off all the dead skin and calluses? Yeah, that just sounds creepy, uncomfortable, and also unsafe! Plus, there's the potential to catch a dangerous skin infection, but that didn't stop Kim Kardashian from getting a fish pedicure.
This obscure practice became news after Kim Kardashian had the procedure done in front of the cameras for her show Kourtney & Kim Take Miami. During the vampire facial (or vampire facelift, as it is also called), blood is drawn from the client's arm, and the platelets are separated into a platelet-rich plasm via a centrifuge. The plasm is then mixed with other goodies like Restylane or Juvederm and then injected back into the client's face. One look at Kim's face (above) says it all. Ick.
The Bird Poop Facial
At the Shizuka New York Day Spa in New York City, you can get yourself a $180 60-minute geisha facial. The secret ingredient of this skin care treatment? Powdered nightingale droppings -- yes, bird poop! The facial ingredients aim to "soften, brighten, and nourish the facial complexion," all through the magic of bird poop.
Sheep Placenta Facial
We've all heard about the different uses of placentas, but have you heard of using a sheep's placenta as part of your beauty regime? It's been rumored that Victoria Beckham and Simon Cowell have both tried it. Would you?
Bull Semen Conditioner
It may sound like a bullish version of that infamous scene in There's Something About Mary, but putting semen in your hair is actually a "thing." A salon in Santa Monica offers a shot of bull semen in their hair treatments for the low price of $7, but is that worth it? You be the judge.
Snail Slime Face Cream
In our garden, we have a whole bunch of snails leaving their slimy trail on the ground behind them, but you know what I have never thought of doing? Take the snails and put them on my face OR mash them up and rub snail guts into my pores. But apparently some daring beauty lovers DO take snail slime and innards and mix it into a skin lotion. Yuck.
Bee Venom Cream
Most of us do our best to avoid bee venom, but one skin care company called Heaven markets a mask made of shea butter, rose and lavender essential oils, and bee venom as an alternative to Botox. They claim the bee venom "works to control the facial muscles for immediate lifting, tightening, and firming, whilst getting to work on frown lines and wrinkles." Yeah, I'd still avoid it.
Are those pesky long toes of yours causing issues when you try to wear your favorite heels? Well, like so many things, there's a surgery for that. For years now, women have been going under the knife, paying $3,000 or more to have their toes shortened for the sake of fashion. Ouch -- just ouch! I'd rather have the blisters and bunions.
Would you ever dare to do one of these "extreme" beauty treatments on yourself?
Image via Kim Kardsahian/Instagram