Women go great lengths in the name of beauty. There isn’t a whole lot we wouldn’t do to put off the signs of aging, with some of us even going as far as to smear excrement on our faces.
Introducing the Bird Poop Facial
The bird poop facial, also referred to as the Geisha facial, is a traditional facial treatment from Japan that involves slathering Asian nightingale excrement all over your face. Bird poop facials are said to be highly effective in treating acne scars and in reducing the signs of aging. For the best results, bird poop facials should be repeated monthly.
You can’t use the poop of any old pigeon for a facial, however. The droppings used in these exclusive facial treatments come from a particular species of nightingale native to the island of Kyushu in Japan. The nightingales are fed a special diet of organic seeds and berries, making the treatment completely organic and vegan. The seeds the birds consume produce the natural enzyme that makes this mask so effective.
Snail Slime: The Secret to Youthful Skin?
The bird poop facial is controversial, but it’s far from being the world’s most bizarre beauty secret . Snails have also slithered their way into our beauty cabinets. Snail slime treatments were first used in Ancient Greece, where Hippocrates prescribed a combination of crushed snails and sour milk to treat skin inflammation. More recently, the use of snail cream came into vogue after Chilean snail farmers who exported snails to France for the escargot market realized that the skin on their hands became extremely soft and smooth after handling snails.
Snail slime, or mucin , is known for helping the skin retain moisture. Rubbing snail slime on your face might sound disgusting, but the mucus that snails secrete is said to contain a cocktail of collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics, and other powerful ingredients. The treatment regenerates cells, eliminates wrinkles, and heals wounds, burns, and scars. Snail slime is also touted as an effective acne treatment. Facial masks containing snail slime have long been available in Asia and South America, but they’re just starting to catch on in Europe and North America.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can go for a live snail facial, during which a few snails glide across your face, depositing their slime as they move along. There are even trained snail facialists who’ll accompany you to ensure that the snails steer clear of your eyes and mouth.
The Buzz Surrounding Bee Venom Mask
Move over, Botox – the latest buzz in skincare is bee venom mask. As terrifying as it sounds, applying bee venom to your face is painless and clinically proven to halt the effects of aging. Bee venom ‘fools’ the skin into believing that it has been stung, which increases blood flow to the area and stimulates collagen and elastin production. Bee venom facial mask will leave your skin firm and lifted.
To collect bee venom, experts place a pane of glass next to a beehive and then run a weak electrical current through the glass. Bees sting the surface, depositing small quantities of venom. No bees are hurt during the process because the bees’ stingers remain in their bodies. Fans of bee venom skin treatments include Kate Middleton, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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Aging is kind of a bummer, am I right?
Even though our mothers gave us the heads-up that things are going to change, we then wake up one morning (approx. age 35 for me) and realize that 1) Things HAVE changed, along with 2) Mom was right…AGAIN . And unfortunately, our skin is usually where we see the effects of aging in our bodies first. From dryness, to volume loss and fine lines, to perhaps even the oh-so-unfair adult onset acne, time has a way of wreaking havoc on our once pristine skin.
But the great news is, we can reduce these effects by nourishing our skin from the inside, out. And as a registered dietitian, I’m here to provide a few proven nutrition tips and real-life tricks, to nourish your skin to help keep it glowing and healthy for years to come.
Protecting your skin from the sun is important, no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially vital in the summertime. While you might want to bare your skin in the summer to achieve a beautiful, sun-kissed complexion, UVA and UVB radiation from the sun can wreak havoc on your skin and cause premature aging if you aren’t careful.
UVA rays, which account for 90 to 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the earth, penetrate deep layers of the skin and cause tanning. UVB radiation accounts for only 5 to 10 percent of solar radiation, but it damages the epidermis, or surface layer of the skin, causing sunburn.
UVA rays cause the collagen in your skin to break down at a higher rate than normal aging . They do this by penetrating the dermis, or middle layer of the skin, and lead to the abnormal buildup of elastin. This elastin accumulates and results in the production of enzymes that break down collagen.
The more sun exposure you get, the worse the damage becomes. UV radiation also creates free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that increase the number of enzymes that break down collagen. An excessive amount of free radicals in your body can also weaken your vascular system, cause poor circulation, and lead to deteriorated eye health.