It’s amazing what people will do in the name of beauty and when it comes to fighting aging, many of us will try anything. Here are six weird facials that claim wonderful results – some you can try at home, and others are strictly for when you want to splash out on a spa treatment.
You can enjoy a sushi facemask at home. It is the seaweed paper that you find wrapped around sushi rolls that is used in this sushi facemask. Seaweed is rich in beneficial minerals, vitamins, amino acids B-complex vitamins, potassium and calcium all. It softens, hydrates and helps repair damaged skin cells.
Just take a small strip of seaweed paper and dip it in warm water to soften it up for 5 minutes. To apply, simply rub it into your skin, it will break up a little as you do leaving small greeny-clumps on you skin. Just and leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off.
Your face is left revitalized, glowing and refreshed. Skin will feel soft, cool and refreshed. Seaweed has helped detoxify the skin, flushing out impurities and can increase elasticity.
A face mask with a growing celebrity following – Madonna J.Lo and Eva Longoria are among those rumoured to be fans of this unusual facemask. Placenta facials use freeze-dried, sterilized powder made from placentas taken after live human births or from other mammals, such as pigs, sheep, or goats it is also known as living cell therapy and has rejuvenating and anti-aging qualities. It is also applied to help soothe the skin after a laser treatment or exfoliation — more traditional cosmetic procedures with anti-aging benefits.
Cat litter facemask
If you are a cat lover then this is another facemask that you can try at home! It is especially good for oily skin.
Natural clay cat litter is made of the same ingredients as special clays found in expensive spa facials. It is made into tiny pellets and dried. Only use 100 percent natural clay for this it is also known as “sodium betonite” clay – so do make sure you check the ingredients.
You will need one bag of natural cat litter, water and your favourite essential oil (such as lavender). Just mix a couple of tablespoons of cat litter in a bowl with some water – the clay pellets should soften and become a soft squidgy clay mixture. Then add a couple of drops of oil and mix in well. Scoop the soft clay and apply to your face until it is all covered in this porridge-like mixture and leave for 15 minutes.
When the time is up gently remove most of the mask with tissues or paper towel (as this cat litter is not flush-able) and then rinse the remainder off over the sink. Your skin should feel smooth, soft and glowing.
This is fabulously simple mask for sensitive skin. Butter is an excellent source of vitamin A which can help rejuvenate skin, improve its texture and stimulate blood supplies to deeper collagen fibres within the skin it’s also good for fine lines and wrinkles.
Simply take some unsalted butter from the fridge and leave it out for a few hours until it warms up to room temperature. Add a small handful of rolled porridge oats and a tablespoon of natural yoghurt and blend together until smooth. Apply to face and leave on to work its wonders for 15 minutes, then rinse off and pat your skin dry.
Bee Venom face mask
This increasingly popular skin-care treatment has followers among the A list ladies: – – Victoria Beckham, Kate Middleton and the Minogue sisters are all fans. The mask is made using venom from bees in organic hives in New Zealand. The theory is that the venom tightens your skin and said to work by gently ‘stinging’ the skin, leaving a tingling sensation and stimulating the body into producing chemicals such as collagen, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition to balancing skin it also helps reduce spots, acne and rosacea and claims to knock up to 10 years off the appearance of middle-aged women.
The mask was developed by Deborah Mitchell for her Heaven skin care brand. You can purchase a bee venom facemask online from the website Heaven.
Bird pooh face mask
More often referred to in London as the Geisha Facial, this unique treatment stems from Japan and involves drying bird droppings under UV lights then mixing with rice bran and water and applying as a face mask, producing fresh and glowing skin.
The treatment originated centuries ago when Japanese entertainers damaged their skin from the high lead level in their white makeup. As a remedy, they used a mask containing nightingale droppings that had enzymes said to break down dead skin cells. It also contains guanine, a nucleobase, which is said to shine the skin as well.
The bird pooh facial works because of an enzyme that breaks down the dead skin on the upper layers of the face. It also acts as an exfoliate that brings out the dirt and dust that builds up in the skin and leaves the skin feeling lighter and refreshed.