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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1. Repair, strengthen, and rejuvenate skin with collagen
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is a major structural protein, making up about 75% of our skin. Skin with healthy collagen levels looks smooth, plump, and youthful. After the age of 25, however, collagen production slows and you start to lose approximately 1.5% of your collagen each year. The breakdown of collagen causes the skin to get thinner and leads to the formation of wrinkles.
Collagen gives the skin its strength and smooth appearance, so it’s crucial to protect and promote collagen growth. The active collagen fragments in collagen drinks are absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the body and to the skin. Skin cells called fibroblasts produce collagen.
Collagen drinks containing hydrolyzed collagen promote collagen synthesis by stimulating these fibroblasts to produce new collagen. Clinical studies shows ingesting 10,000mg a day for a period of 8 weeks help to increase skin thickness and collagen density, reduce wrinkles. See Clinical studies.
2. Hydrolyzed collagen can be absorbed into the bloodstream, and stay in the dermis of our skin
In their natural state, collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the skin’s surface, so the effectiveness of many topical collagen products is limited. Collagen molecules are also too large for your body to absorb when ingested. The process of hydrolysis breaks collagen down into fragments that are small enough for your digestive enzymes to break down completely. Hydrolyzed collagen consists of small peptides with low molecular weight that are easily digested, absorbed, and distributed throughout the body.
While traditional collagen serums only penetrate the top layer of the skin, hydrolyzed collagen is more easily absorbed by the body and can thus boost collagen in the deeper layers of the skin. A 1999 study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Arthritis & Rheumatology showed that orally administered hydrolyzed collagen was digested and more than 90% of it was absorbed within 6 hours, with measurable accumulation in the skin and cartilage.
3. Collagen drinks are better than powder or pills
Collagen supplements come in all forms, including tablets, capsules, chewables, softgels, powders, and even marshmallows. The problem with collagen pills and powders is that they could pass through your digestive system without being broken down. Pills are also hard for some people to swallow. Moreover, they typically contain fillers, binders, stabilizers, and chelating agents, making them less potent than liquid supplements.
The secret to success with collagen supplementation is taking collagen in liquid form. Collagen drinks are absorbed into your bloodstream faster than other supplements because the collagen is already dissolved in the liquid. Collagen drinks are also a lot more convenient than pills and powders. They come ready-made in small bottles that you can easily carry in your purse, so you can drink them on the go. No messes or mixing necessary. Additionally, collagen drinks are a lot more potent than other collagen supplements, so you can get a higher dose of collagen.
4. The higher the potency, the better
While there is no recommended daily allowance for collagen, high-end supplements typically contain more than 5,000mg of collagen. For maximum results, drinking a collagen supplement with at least 7,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen is recommended. Anything less than that simply isn’t potent enough. LAC Taut® Premium Collagen drink contains 13,000mg of hydrolyzed collagen per 1.7oz bottle, which is two to six times the concentration of other collagen drink brands.
5. There’s more to collagen drink benefits than meets the eye
In the first few weeks of taking a liquid collagen supplement, you might not notice any physical differences in your skin, but skin readings would suggest otherwise. Skin graphs showing the facial images of a 60 year old woman who drank one bottle of LAC Taut® Premium Collagen every night for the first 8 nights and then every other night after that showed a noticeable increase in skin thickness and hydration levels after just four weeks.
Drinking high-potency marine hydrolyzed collagen is also shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Several controlled clinical studies have been performed that prove the efficacy and benefits of collagen peptides in the reduction of wrinkles. A study conducted by Rousselot SAS France showed a 30% decrease in the formation of deep wrinkles after supplementation with 10g of hydrolyzed collagen. In another study published in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, daily supplementation with 1g of hydrolyzed collagen for 12 weeks led to a significant reduction in skin dryness and wrinkles. The authors of the study suggested that dietary supplementation with hydrolyzed collagen can physiologically counteract natural and photo-aging processes. Hydrolyzed collagen is an important weapon in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin.