Let’s say a group of experts found the fountain of youth and decided to share it with the world. Would you wake up extra early just toline up for it? If you said yes, why?
Aging is a normal process every human being will have to go through in life. Eventually, you will see those wrinkles, spots and other signs that remind you of your age. Although aging is normal, you have to admit that you want to maintain your youth and vitality for as long as you can.
The solution for most people are anti-aging treatments. There are tons of treatments available that are said to minimize or slow down the effects of the aging process. You might even be one of the many people who are willing to try anything in the name of vanity and anti-aging treatments. Before you start looking, here are 12 of the weirdest but most effective anti-aging treatments available today.
1. Placenta Facials
The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy. It provides nutrients and oxygen to your unborn baby to ensure steady growth and development. At the same time, it removes waste products from your baby’s blood.
After birth, you have the option to keep the placenta or just donate it for medical use.
If you choose to donate it, then the placenta may be freeze-dried and converted into a sterilized powder, which can be used for facials. In fact, the placenta is rich in protein and enzymes, which helps soothes and heal the skin.
Still not convinced? Check it out by looking closely at J-Lo’s glow and you can be the judge.
2. The Bee Venom Facial
Do you want to get that glow similar to the Duchess of Cambridge? Then this one is for you.
The bee venom facial pumps up collagen that helps tighten your skin. This could help reduce wrinkles and fine lines, which could make you look younger than your usual age. However, this type of facial is somehow on the pricey side, which is why it is also popular among celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kylie Minogue.
You can also try its home version. However, this could still cost you approximately $100 to $130.
3. Vitamin IV Drips
American Idol and X-Factor judge Simon Cowell swears by this. According to one of his magazine interviews, Cowell describes this anti-aging treatment as calming and offers a relaxing feeling.
He also felt the rush of vitamins coming through his body. In fact, it even gives him enough energy to boost his moods, too.
So how does it work? A vitamin intravenous drip is the infusion of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B12 and magnesium into the body. However, it ends there and has nothing to do with your health or reversing the effects of aging. One session costs hundreds of dollars and lasts for 45 minutes, depending on your chosen vitamins.
4. Vampire Facelift
If you are a true blue Twilight or The Vampire Diaries fan, this anti-aging treatment is for you.
From the name itself, you can guess that this treatment involves the use of blood to keep you young forever.
During the procedure, which can only be done by a licensed physician, the blood is spun to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Thereafter, the plasma in its unified form will be injected into your skin.
A vampire facelift could give you that plump and youthful flush to your cheeks. The problem with this procedure is that it costs $600 to $800. At the same time, there are cheaper ways to add a more youthful glow on your skin aside from injecting plasma into it.
5. Ceramic Crystal Therapy
Do you want to have a porcelain complexion – literally? If so, then you might want to consider adding this anti-aging treatment to your list of must-tries.
If you are a big fan of Jerry Hall, then you might want to follow her footsteps, since she is a big believer of this treatment.
This unusual anti-aging treatment involves injecting ceramic crystals – yes, you read that right – into your face, thereby giving a literal meaning on the expression, “porcelain skin.” Unlike Botox, this procedure is permanent.
However, this procedure could cause some complications. Your face changes a lot, you start to lose its natural volume and the crystals become evident. Aside from the cost, starting at $500 to $1,500 per session, there is a possibility that your body will start rejecting the crystals, since they are a foreign object. Worse, this could accelerate aging.
6. Leech Therapy
What comes into your mind when you hear the word, leech? Something that sticks to you, right? A leech is a type of aquatic annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Did you know that you could use leeches to preserve your youth?
During an interview with David Letterman, Demi Moore talked about leech therapy that rejuvenated her body and soul. Leech therapy focuses on purifying your blood to help you feel revitalized.
As much as you may want to try this, leech therapy is not available in your everyday local day spa. You have to travel to Austria to experience this unusual anti-aging therapy.
7. Bird Poop Facial
You probably joked about bird poop with your friends when you were younger. You even may have even made fun of people who had a bird poop on their hair or clothing. It turns out that bird poop has anti-aging effects after all.
Centuries ago in Japan, bird poop was used by the kabuki and geisha performers to clean their faces and get rid of the lead-based face paint. Apparently, bird poop has enzymes that help cleanse and break down your skin to keep it young.
However, you don’t need to wait under a tree and collect as much bird poop as you can. To enjoy this treatment, the bird poop must be dried, powdered and sterilized before applying it on your face.
8. Sperm Facial
The purpose of sperm is to get you pregnant. Did you know that it has other uses aside from giving you that bun in the oven? Introducing the spermine or sperm facial.
Experts believe that spermine, one of the sperm’s ingredients, are rich in antioxidants that helps slow down aging and also help people with their acne problems.At the same time, it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles that could make your skin smoother and suppler.
All you need to do is to scoop up your man’s juices, and rub them on your face. Just leave it on for 15 minutes before you wash it with lukewarm water.
At least you have more reason to have sex with your man, don’t you think?
9. Cactus Massage
Cactus is a type of plant only found in the desert. Apparently, this thorny plant has found its way into your favorite spa.
During this procedure, the massage therapist will use the nopal paddies of the cactus plant to knead your tired muscles. This helps hydrate your skin and remove toxins in your body to keep yourself rejuvenated.
This also heals your skin, thereby making it an effective anti-aging treatment, at least according to cactus enthusiasts.
Don’t worry. They remove the thorns from the leaf before the treatment.
10. Chocolate Facial
Finally, some good news. You already know that dark chocolate is rich in age-fighting antioxidants. However, eating dark chocolate with at least 60 percent cocoa content, may not be appealing to other people. Hence, the birth of the chocolate facial.
During the procedure, the therapist will slather melted chocolate on your face and entire body. This makes the chocolate’s vitamins and antioxidants seep into your skin and work its magic. As a result, chocolate promotes healing, fights aging and speed up cellular rejuvenation.
Definitely one of the sweetest treatments around.
11. Solid Gold Facial
Supermodels and celebrities will always take their beauty to the next level. Take the case of Bar Refaeli, who posted a photo on her Instagram account while having her solid gold facial.
Since then, other Hollywood actresses like Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman and Ellie Goulding have tried this expensive treatment. Even Cleopatra herself used gold on her face thousands of years ago.
The solid gold facial costs $1,000 and promises to smooth, lift, freeze, plump and brighten your skin using a special bee venom cream. It also involves micro-dermabrasion and gold serum applied on your face to give your face an oxygen boost. Thereafter, your face will be covered with 24-carat gold leaf and mask made of collagen and gold hyaluronic acid
Are you willing to try this solid gold facial?
Aside from spa treatments, some foods have found their way in the world of anti-aging. An example of this is wheat grass.
Wheat grass contains tons of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients. This improves your digestion, increases your energy and prevents certain illnesses such as diabetes and cancer. One of the famous benefits of wheat grass is that it helps detoxifies your body.
The problem is that there is no assurance that taking wheat grass could reduce the number of years in your age.
Just like diets, there is no one size fits all when it comes to anti-aging. Before subjecting yourself to any of these procedures, make sure that you consult your dermatologist and ask if any of these anti-aging treatments are feasible and appropriate. Just because the famous celebrities go for them doesn’t mean they will work, right?