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There’s no getting around it. In this world, you’re better off being good-looking. At all ages and in all walks of life, attractive people are judged more favourably, treated better, and cut more slack. Mothers give more affection to attractive babies. Teachers favour more attractive students and judge them as smarter. Attractive adults get paid more for their work and have better success in dating and mating. And juries are less likely to find attractive people guilty and recommend lighter punishments when they do. (Psychological Science: Beauty is in the Mind of the Beholder)
Beauty is one of the world’s greatest motivations. Men and women struggle to be attractive since this world is a visual world and what you see (especially if it is pleasing to the eyes), is the one that you want to get.
Being beautiful has so many advantages. A recent study of the University of Texas-Austin found that attractive people are generally happier and make more money than their mediocre-looking counterparts. But the irony of it all is not everyone can be born with great genes as well as with a beautiful face. However, there are still things that can be controlled in order to beautify those flaws on our faces and bodies. Make up and beauty treatments are the solutions.
Today’s post is all about beauty treatments that many women (and even men) had been through just to be attractive. Sad to say, all of these treatments that I will mention are considered bizarre and even dangerous. Check this out.
Let’s Start With the Upper Portion of the Body:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a Hazard Alert for people working with the products because of the dangers associated with exposure to the chemical formaldehyde. The Environmental Working Group also warns that the substance could pose serious health risks for workers and customers, that’s why, the Brazilian blowout is still in consideration by the FDA authorities, nowadays.
Bull Semen Conditioner
This is a conditioning treatment made out of bovine sperm. At Hari’s Hair Salon in London the Aberdeen Organic Bull Semen Treatment combines the semen of Aberdeen Angus bulls with Katera root to create a protein-rich hair mask that drenches follicles in drops of moisture. The high-protein treatment makes hair shiny and bouncy because it penetrates better than other conditioners.
Lead and Sulphur Mixture To have a Royal Red Hair
During the reign of the great Queen Elizabeth, women of England were determined to mimic the Queen’s royal red hair color and stopped at nothing to achieve it. They end up on the mixture of lead, quicklime, sulphur and water to dye their hair and wigs. This particular blend commonly caused nausea, headaches and regular nosebleeds.
Lard for the Wig
In 18th century the fashion is the bigger the wig the better. The royal courts were notorious for having the most ornate and sculpted wigs and to sculpt these upper class, mile-high wigs they used lard to hold the hair sculptures firmly in place. Sadly, the lard attracted lice and other pests. Sometimes a cage was even set over the woman’s head at night to keep the rats at bay. Yuck!
Sandpaper for Unwanted Hair
During the renaissance period, men and women alike removed unwanted hair with homemade depilatory creams containing severe abrasives like quicklime and arsenic to burn off unwanted hair. Then, in the 1940’s due to wartime scarcity, women used sandpaper to eliminate hair from their bodies.
Fat for Baldness
Fat was the fad with the ancient Greeks. Rancid fat from human and animals as well as other nauseating substances (urine, menstrual blood, feces, etc.) were said to treat everything from the common cold to baldness. Folklore has it that men used the fat of animals to make a paste and would slather it on to promote hair growth.
Repeated waxing is said to cause permanent damage to the hair follicles so that, over time, the hairs stop growing. Other risks or eyebrow waxing includes “burns from wax that is too hot, skin peeled off from waxing that is too vigorous and infections after waxing when bacteria may get into microscopically traumatized skin.”
A careless facial performed by an untrained technician can result in serious problems, such as infections or skin that is literally burned off.
Bird poop facial
A Japanese powder made from songbird feces, was used by 18th century geishas and kabuki actors to wipe the heavy white makeup off their faces. The droppings are rich in the amino acid guanine and are said to impart a soft, porcelain-white appearance. A favorite of Victoria Beckham’s, a Shizuka NY Geisha Facial involves slathering your face in bird poop for fifty minutes at $180 a pop. It is said that it brightens and softens the complexion with the birds poop natural enzymes.
Snake-venom wrinkle cream
A replica of viper’s venom may be a little less natural than anything else on this list, but it’s by no means any less astonishing. Syn-Ake is the key constituent of UltraLuxe 9, an anti-aging potion by Beverly Hills dermatologist Sonya Dakar, whose A-list clientele includes Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Ben Kingsley, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The $185-per-ounce cream works by blocking the neurotransmitters that tell muscles to contract, just not on a level that leaves you completely paralyzed.
Gold face mask
Originated by Japanese company UMO, the Midas facial involves gilding your face with gold leaf (24 karat), which is said to diminish wrinkles and fine lines, stimulate cell growth, lighten age spots, and revitalize your face.
Kohl for Make-up
When it comes to lead or heavy metal poisoning for the sake of beauty, it’s hard to beat the Egyptians. Both men and women wore Kohl (a mixture of soot and galena, a dark grey lead) and copper ore to color their eyes. They lined their lids daily with this mixture as it served spiritual and aesthetic purposes. Low levels of lead exposure like this over a long period of time can cause seizures, coma, and death.
Animals and Chemicals for Red Lips
If you wanted a luscious red pouty lip, you could act like an Egyptian, Cleopatra for that matter, and crush up some ants, add in some beetle blood and beeswax and be set for a hot night out. Or you could create a mixture of red clay, iron oxide (rust), henna, seaweed, iodine and bromine mannite, which is extremely poisonous that it could result in serious or fatal illness to both the woman wearing it and her makeout partner.
Ear candles are 10-inch-long, hollow cones that are burned in the ear to supposedly remove wax, impurities and toxins while improving hearing. But the FDA warns the procedure as dangerous and they even issued a safety warning cautioning that the procedure can cause serious health problems, including burns, perforations in the ear drum and blockages in the ear canal.
According to the National Cancer Institute, female tanning bed users are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma – those with light skin and a personal or family history with skin cancer are at an even higher risk.
Human placenta extract
The placenta that sustains the fetus in the uterus is said to work miracles on sagging skin. EMK Placental has brewed up an entire range of products from postnatal issue—including face masks, eye gels, and hair serums—that celebs like J.Lo, Eva Longoria, and Madonna are rumoured to partake of. However, the Environmental Working Group places placental extract at the top of its list of cosmetics ingredients to avoid, because studies have shown that the boatload of hormones involved may be enough to stimulate breast growth in toddlers.
Chilean snails are made up of a protein that can repair injuries in their shells. The snail slime contains collagen, elastin, glycolic acid and peptides, and the two products (De Tuinen Snail Gel and Elicina) claim it can help with fine lines acne, rosacea, stretch marks, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Aimee Adams, a celeb make-up artist with clients that have included Madonna, Sienna Miller, and Rachel Weisz, swears by it.
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At a Japanese spa-themed park Yunessun you can take a dip in a pool of ramen. Spa staff says the pepper collagen in the broth improves metabolism as it cleans the skin.
Lipstick, eye shadow, blush, body lotions and other cosmetic products on the market contain carmine pigment: crushed shells, wings, and eggs of the Cochineal Beetle. People have been using it for centuries because it gives products (and your lips and cheeks) a nice, rosy touch.
White Lead for Fair Complexion
Women during the 15th to 17th centuries used tips from Renaissance “beauty pros” to disguise unhealthy complexions caused by diseases like smallpox. Tips suggested using white lead to create a fashionably white complexion and to cover any sores. The use of lead to powder the face poisoned and killed many, yet pale faces continued to be a huge trend. Some women in the sixth century even resorted to bleeding themselves to achieve that lovely alabaster glow.
Feet and Nails:
An unsanitary pedicure could lead a viral infection (such as warts), bacterial infections from ingrown toenails and aggressive filing, or a fungal infection of the skin and nails, among other serious health problems, says Jackie Sutera, a New York City podiatrist.
Manicures have many dangers. You can get fungal infections, bacterial infections and permanent nail disfigurement depending on what happens to you there.
Initially research on the popular gel manicure treatments has found that the UV-A nail lights used throughout the process could possibly contribute to risk factors for skin cancer, according to research published in the Archives of Dermatology. Certain gel procedures may also be counterfeit, some experts warn, causing serious health problems.
This fish pedicure is a kind of exfoliation treatment that uses the toothless chompers of tiny carp, known as Garra rufa, to nibble away at dead, flaking skin. However, according to PETA, “confining thousands of fish to a tiled pool in a beauty salon—in 94°F water—is anything but harmony with nature! In fact, it’s exceptionally cruel,” it notes in action alert. “Furthermore, these fishes’ lives are very much at risk. In fact, 7,000 of these helpless animals were reportedly cooked to death recently after an Yvonne Salon staff member left the heat on in the animals’ tub.” It should also be warned that regulators in many US states have banned fish pedicures for being unsanitary, since the same fish feed on many customers.
This ancient physician’s art entered the annals of Strange Things Celebs Do in 2008 when actress and ageless beauty Demi Moore gushed to David Letterman about her trip to Austria, where she suckled a quartet of medical leeches to detoxify her blood. “Really? Leech. Actual…leeches? Like the blood-sucking…” Letterman asked. “Yes. Blood,” Moore replied. “I’m feeling very detoxified right now.”
Sheep embryo injections
After reading about an open-heart surgeon who did fresh cell replacement using injections from the embryo of black sheep, Debbie Harry was hooked. “I don’t really have a problem with experimentation,” she told The Insider in 2007. “And so I experimented.”
Crocodile’s Excrement to Make you Young
Crocodile feces were used in Ancient Greece and Rome for a variety of medicinal and beautifying purposes. They believed the reptile poop would dramatically slow down the aging process. So naturally, they filled their baths with a mixture of crocodile feces and warmed mud and soaked for hours on end. Aristocrats were also known for making face masks out of the excrement. Even the Greek physician, Galen, noted that “ladies dedicated to luxury” preferred crocodile dung masks.
How about you? What kind of extreme treatments you have done just for the sake of having the perfect beauty? Do you think it’s worth it?