As beauty editors, we consider ourselves pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new treatments. We do, however, draw the line somewhere—oftentimes right before signing up for anything that involves animal excrement on our faces. Intrigued? This roundup is for you—keep reading for five weird facials for those of you looking to liven up your skin routine.
Snail slime in your skin products? Not a big deal. Live snails actually crawling across your face? Um, give us a moment to think about that one. This unusual facial is based on the belief in the regenerative powers of snail slime, which contains proteins, antioxidants, even hyaluronic acid. Advocates say this method allows you to have “100 percent pure snail essence directly on the skin.”
Price: ~ $245
Offered in: Tokyo
Read more about it here.
By now, we’ve all seen the (slightly disturbing) photo of Kim Kardashian with what appears to be dried blood on her face. The “vampire facial,” as it’s been dubbed, was trademarked by Alabama doctor Charles Runels and involves drawing blood from the patient’s arm with a needle, then combining the plasma from your blood with Restylane or Juvederm (two common skin fillers). The “vampire” part comes when the doctor injects it into your face to stimulate collagen production, supposedly plumping your skin and removing fine lines. Doctors have mixed opinions on this one, as do we after seeing Kim K’s bloody face.
Price: $800 - $1,200
Offered in: Various locations in the U.S.
To read more about the treatment and find a provider near you, click here.
Remember the time a bird pooped on your shoulder? It might have been doing your skin a favor. This untraditional new facial is starting to gain traction in New York and is based on an old geisha practice of using nightingale droppings, which apparently contain a gently exfoliating enzyme, to brighten the skin. In the modern version, the bird dropping is powdered, mixed with rice bran, then turned into liquid form—and don’t worry, a UV light sanitizes it before it’s used on your face.
Offered in: New York
Read more about it here.
“Smoking hot” is a phrase we’d love anyone to use in reference to our skin—just not literally. In China, some spa therapists are offering a flame facial that involves applying an alcohol-soaked towel and “special elixir” to the skin before setting fire to the towel. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds—you can see pictures here.
Offered in: China
We’re including this one in the roundup even though we haven’t heard much about it since 2012, when a woman in San Francisco was charging $350 for her slapping services. Advocates say that rigorous slapping, pinching, and smoothing is a natural alternative to Botox and leaves you with firmer skin. Does it work? The jury is out, but we imagine it’d at least be entertaining to witness. Any volunteers?
Offered in: Unknown
Would you try any of these weird facials? What’s the weirdest beauty treatment you’ve ever done? Tell us in the comments!