Pain is Beauty: 10 Bizarre Facial Treatments

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You look fantastic. What's your possibly horrifying secret?

1. Fire facial

Unusual beauty treatments are big in Japan. The latest to spread like wildfire: Huǒ liáo fire treatments. Towels are soaked in alcohol and an invigorating beauty elixir, draped over parts of the body, and then set on fire. Don't expect to see this offered on Groupon anytime soon.

2. Snail facial

If you prefer gentler, less life-threatening beauty treatments, consider the Celebrity Escargot Course at Tokyo's Clinical Salon. After an initial cleansing by an aesthetician, live snails apply moisturizing hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and proteins ... by crawling all over your face. But don't worry: The snails come from an organic farm.

3. Vampire facial

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The vampire facial is one way to keep up with the Kardashians. Instead of drinking the blood of others, it requires having your own drawn and then separated in a centrifuge. Platelet-rich plasma is then applied and injected back into your face with micro-needles to heal wounds, stimulate collagen, and make you look really scary.

4. Gold facial

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A 24-karat gold facial will cost a pretty penny. The anti-aging treatment generates new cells, firms skin, and prevents the depletion of collagen and elastin, because the skin rejects gold. That's what the beauty experts say, anyway. One thing we know for sure: You'll look like Tutankhamen.

5. Caviar facial

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Eating fish is one way to give your skin a dose of anti-inflammatory EPA and omega-3 fatty acids. Or you can just smear caviar all over your face. The fishy delicacy is hydrating, firming, and tastes delicious on blinis with crème frâiche.

6. Bird poop facial

It really is lucky when an Asian nightingale defecates on your head. Otherwise, the so-called Geisha Facial will cost you about $200. The excrement is combined with rice bran to gently exfoliate skin.

7. Miracle Whip facial

Here's a beauty treatment you can DI-Why. A 20-minute Miracle Whip mask works like a mild chemical peel, sloughing off dry skin. Your face will be baby soft and smell like coleslaw.

8. Bee venom facial

This might sting a little. Honey bee venom is the latest all-natural ingredient in expensive face masks and creams. Peptides like melittin and apamin increase blood circulation and stimulate collagen and elastin. But bee venom may have a more important use—nanoparticles carrying mellitin have killed HIV-infected cells in mice, while leaving normal cells unscathed.

9. Urine facial

Throughout history, human urine has been used for various cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Like tooth whitening in ancient Rome—"Et ewww, Brute!" Some people still use urine to treat acne. It can be consumed orally, applied topically to blemishes, or massaged into your entire face.

10. Wine facial

You might need a drink after pondering all of these weird beauty treatments. Consider an antioxidant-rich wine facial instead. Alpha hydroxy acids in sweet white wines replenish dry skin. Oily skin pairs best with red. Cheers!

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