You know the old adage—pain is beauty. While that may be a little extreme, the truth is some women (and men) will try just about anything to keep their skin looking young. Celebrity culture has made it commonplace to try the most bizarre rituals to obtain perfect skin, and we’ve compiled a list of the craziest ways to fight wrinkles. Enjoy—but don’t try these at home!
#5 Bee Venom Facial
The bee venom facial (sometimes called nature’s Botox) is all the buzz with the rich and famous (sorry, we couldn’t resist!). Bee venom is the active ingredient and works to smooth and plump skin by increasing blood circulation between the levels of skin and help reduce lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately for the little people, bee venom facials start at about $200.
#4 Bird Poop Facial
No, we’re not kidding: some people use bird droppings as a face-cleansing ritual! Bird excrement is thought to have enzymes that break down skin cells and cleans the skin.
#3 Leech Facial
Leeches have been used in medicine for years, but some fanatics use these creepy-crawlies as an anti-aging treatment. It might make you squirm, but placing leeches on the surface of your skin allows them to leave behind their saliva, which apparently contains a mixture of bioactive ingredients that flush out toxins and bacteria.
#2 Solid Gold Facial
Don’t worry-- you probably won’t be tempted to try this one unless you have some extra 24-karat gold lying around the house. Rubbing gold on your face is thought to help in the cell renewal process and stimulate collagen production. The gold mask facial is made of 24-karat gold and a serum of gold flakes, and hydrates and smooths skin instantly.
#1 Face Slapping
Seriously, we couldn’t make this stuff up! A natural health practitioner in Thailand claims that slapping someone’s face can erase their wrinkles, shrink pores and tighten skin. This bizarre practice has been endorsed by the Thai government and has made its way to the U.S.