From Snail Slime to Bird Poop: Strange Yet Effective Beauty Masks That Women Put On Their Faces 

  • By RenewAlliance, Inc.
  • 19 Nov, 2015

Repair and rejuvenate the skin with these bizarre facial masks.

Repair and rejuvenate the skin with these bizarre facial masks.

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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If you’d rather not slather your face with slime, excrement, venom or other questionable substances, using a high-quality collagen mask is an excellent alternative.   Collagen facial masks   are proven to rejuvenate the skin, boost collagen production, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Using collagen mask can help tighten and plump up your skin if you use it on a regular basis, and all it takes is 10-15 minutes of relaxation and rejuvenation each day. 
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