Urine Facial Exfoliation
Urine isn’t just for jellyfish burns. Hyper-naturalists believe it has antiseptic properties that fight acne and provide a deep facial cleanse. Vanessa Williams has tried it. So has one of ‘The Doctors’ on CBS. Not that he recommends it.
If you want to make it palatable, you can call it hirudotherapy. But what we’re talking about are leeches on your face. The outdated medical procedure of applying blood-sucking slugs to the skin has made a comeback inbeauty spas in Russia. For up to $1000 you can improve blood flow and channel the anti-inflammatory properties of leech saliva.
Demi Moore: Leech Therapy
While appearing on David Letterman in 2008 to promote, appropriately enough, Flawless, Demi Moore admitted that she had discovered a new beauty treatment while in Austria—leeching. “I feel like I’ve always been someone looking for the cutting edge of things that optimize your health and healing,” Moore told the incredulous host, adding. “These aren’t just swamp leeches though—we are talking about highly trained medical leeches.” (Because, after all, the intended benefit of the leeching is to detox the blood.) “And the other thing I found out,” Moore explained casually, “is leeches don’t like hair. So, if you’re hairy, be prepared to do a little shaving or waxing—they much prefer a Brazilian.” Letterman had no response.
Sheep Embryo Injections
Debbie Harry recently revealed her secret to supple, young skin: injections of embryonic black sheep cells. “They would take from different organs, from the liver, from the glands, from the bone,” she says, “and they would make up these injections. There were 11 injections, and I thought it was marvelous.” Clinique La Prairie in Switzerland, began performing the anti-aging, cell rejuvenation treatments back in 1931. Despite the popularity of Botox and fillers, its positive results have made the treatment an uber-wealthy status symbol.
Eva Longoria: Placental Face Cream
Teri Hatcher may rely on red wine, but to keep her skin looking babylike, Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria opts for EMK placental cream, which is derived from botanicals that mimic the nutrients found in human placenta. The vitamins, amino acids and other proteins are known to have restorative properties for the skin. A 1 oz. container of EMK placental cream is $90.
A tour of the Chodovar Family Brewery right outside Prague is not complete without partaking in a real beer bath. Visitors soak for 20 minutes in dark Bathing Beer — a family recipe of active beer yeast, hops draft and mix of dried crushed herbs — heated to 34°C (93.2°F). The heat helps sweat away toxins, hops exfoliate the skin, and the active beer yeast infuses it with vitamins. Optional, but recommended: toss back a glass of Chodovar lager. After scooping your beer-drenched self out, you can rest a bit underneath a warm fleece throw.
Beer soaks ($35) can be calming, according to the brewery. It can also help with skin problems like acne. Not for those with high blood pressure, pregnant women or anyone who might be tempted to drink from the tub.
Teri Hatcher: Red Wine Bath
A glass of wine next to the bathtub, sure. But in it? And yet, that may be the secret to Teri Hatcher’s youthful complexion. The 46-year-old Desperate Housewives star told Britain’s DailyTelegraph that she pours a glass of red into her bath every day for its skin-softening effects. While grapeseed is a powerful antioxidant, it’s unlikely that a glassful would produce the desired result. Fortunately, Les Sources de Caudalie in France offers an array of vinotherapy procedures, including a two-day treatment featuring a wine barrel bath and a merlot wrap or crushed cabernet scrub.
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