With Halloween just around that corner it might be fun to research the latest, creepiest, bizarre, and yet popular skin care treatments that will make your skin both crawl and glow at the same time. Over the last millennium women, and occasionally men have been willing to undergo some rather bizarre and even unhealthy skin care practices to achieve a moment of beauty. Apparently this century is no different with many of these new skin care and spa treatments becoming popular since the beginning of this millennium. What is a little surprising however, is that as creepy and gruesome as some of these treatments seem to be at first glance, most of them are generally safe and many of them have been found to be quite natural and holistic as well. So whether it is applying bird poop or bee venom onto your skin or allowing creepy creatures to crawl across your skin, studies have shown an improvement in one’s skin tone, and as well as a more youthful glow in one’s complexion after many of these treatments. Still, if you are looking for simple, pleasant and relaxing spa and skin care experience or if you easily get squeamish or weak in the knees, then these treatments are probably not for you. However, if you are looking for a creepy Halloween adventure that will leave you with youthful glowing skin, then you have come to the right place.
The eccentric snake massage is now available in several countries. In Jakarta, Indonesia live Pythons are used to crawl all over the body, helping to release muscle tension. This particular photo is from the Bali Heritage – Reflexology and Spa. The 90 minute massage costs roughly $45 American. The resort has five snakes that feed on a daily diet of live rabbits (so they shouldn’t be hungry for you). It is one of 300 treatments offered at the spa, and the snakes are said to enjoy the human contact. A similar snake massage can be found at Ada Barak’s Spa in Israel, however in her case the snakes used for the massages are smaller and more plentiful. She uses a combination of: California and Florida King snakes as well as corn and milk snakes. Her snake massages costs $80 for the assortment of creepy crawly snakes.
The “Geisha” Facial
Uguisu No Fun is also known politely as the “Geisha” facial, as it was famously used by the Geisha ladies of Japan. The facial was thought to keep their skin clear, bright and porcelain like. The real meaning of Uguisu No Fun in English is nightingale feces or excrement. That is correct-nightingale bird poo is the main ingredient for this facial. The Koreans first introduced the use of nightingale bird droppings to the Japanese to clean stains off their garments. It was later used by the Japanese to help clean off the Geisha’s make-up from their faces while toning and lightening the skin at the same time. Today it has become trendy in the Western world where the unique facial is given at the Shizuka New York Day Spa in New York city. The cost for this one hour treatment is $180.00 (U.S). The bird poo is dried by ultraviolet rays and is then milled into a fine powder which is then mixed with rice bran. Shizuka (the owner and main esthetician who performs the unique facial) completes her facial with a Green Tea collagen mask and a cameilla oil massage. It is a favourite treatment of Victoria Beckham and is also thought to be used by her husband David Beckham.
The Snail Facial
This is probably the newest facial to become a craze in both the Eastern and Western societies. This facial has originated and is now being offered in Tokyo, Japan. For this facial three live snails are placed on one’s face where they crawl around leaving behind a trail of their slimy mucus which is said to be good for the skin as it contains proteins, antioxidants and natural hyaluronic acid. These natural snail mucus ingredients all help the skin to appear younger. Apparently the snails feel heavy and cool as they slide across the face and it can be relaxing. When not performing a facial the snails return to a clear box and snack on organic vegetables. The 60 minute facial is referred to as the “Celebrity Escargot Course” and is rather expensive at roughly $300 American. The French have also moved into the snail skin care market. They have began using and selling skin care products containing snail mucus.
The Vampire Facelift
This facial treatment was recently made popular when Kim Kardashian had one of these facials performed on her during her T.V. program: Kourtney and Kim take Miami, in March 2013. In the episode one can watch as Kim gets a blood facial(also known as a vampire face lift). This anti-aging facial treatment begins with taking a vile of blood from the client who is getting the facial treatment. The blood is then put into a centrifuge machine and the device seperates the plasma or platelets from the red blood cells. Once the cells are removed the serum that contains the platelets is then injected into various spots into one’s face, creating a natural filler. It is actually a more natural, effective and holistic way to add fillers to the skin, replacing the artificial Juvederm and Retylane. A growing number of plastic surgeons are now training in this field to conduct the treatment in the U.S. and U.K. Despite it’s growing popularity in the U.S., it is still a bit pricey at $1,000 per treatment. It is also available in Richmond Hill and Toronto Ontario.
Bee Venom Products
Supposedly, without any harm being done to the bees, bee venom is collected. When bee venom is applied to the skin it is found to activate the production of collagen in the skin as well as elastin. It does this with the protein Melittin which is produced through the body’s reaction to a bee sting. It increases blood flow to the area that it thinks it is being stung. Melittin also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and has antifungal properties. There are quite a few celebrity admirers of this skin care treatment including the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall. It is also used and favoured by: Gweneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kylie Monogue.
The type of fish used in this pedicure treatment is: Gara rufa fish, which originate from Turkey. These fish gently eat away at one’s skin when peoples feet are submersed into the water with them. In essence the fish are exfoliating one’s skin. The fish have long been revered for their healing powers as they help cure eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders. They have been used for this type of pedicure in Turkey, Europe, Asia and now here in some parts of North America. Presently the treatment has been banned by fourteen States and in most parts of Canada. It is up to each province’s individual Health Board’s to decide whether or not it should be allowed as a legal skin care treatment. One issue of concern is the spread of infection of the skin and body as there is no way to properly clean the fish between individual sessions. There is however a spa in Montreal that offers the treatment. It is called: Tami Beaute des Ongles. The cost for the treatment at Tami’s Beaute des Ongles is $20 for 15 minutes or $35.00 for 30 minutes.