bizarre beauty trends

There have been a host of do-it-yourself (DIY) trends and bizarre beauty rituals popping up lately. While these treatments are intriguing to read about, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. If you’re unsure if a treatment is safe or if something just sounds too weird to be true – it probably is. We recently ran across some bizarre beauty treatments that we really don’t recommend.

kitty litter face mask

This DIY recipe involves mixing natural cat litter containing sodium bentonite clay with filtered water and essential oils.

The "Kitty Litter Facial" recommends using natural cat litter as a face mask. We do not recommend this practice.

The “Kitty Litter Facial” recommends using natural cat litter as a face mask. We do not recommend this practice. Photo courtesy of

While bentonite is a common ingredient in clay masks, it’s important to know there are different types of bentonite and the chemical composition affects usage. Sodium bentonite is commonly mixed into clumping cat litter in the United States. This type of clay is highly swelling and is used in hazardous waste containment. Calcium bentonite is low-swelling and highly oil absorbent when hydrated. This type of bentonite is considered safest for cosmetic use. Moreover, all natural cat litter may also contain recycled paper, wood pulp and dust. These are definitely not ingredients you want on your face.

ice facial

Ice facials are fairly straightforward and simply involve running an ice cube over your pores.

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Proponents of this “facial” not only claim it reduces the size of pores, but that it will smooth your complexion by combating fat cells, easing wrinkles, fighting acne and promoting blood circulation as well. While ice is well known for minimizing swelling, it will not actually shrink pores. Pore size depends on genetics and Fitzpatrick type, and doesn’t generally change; but you can make pores appear smaller — the operative word being “appear”– by keeping them clean. As for the other benefits of the ice facial, there’s simply no medical evidence to back them up.

fire treatments

Fire treatment is supposedly widely practiced in China and is a commonly accepted form of alternative therapy.

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Towels soaked in alcohol and a “secret elixir” are placed onto a problem area of the body (including the face) and set on fire for several seconds before being extinguished with another cloth. The treatment claims to help with a host of issues ranging from waking up a dull complexion to curing the common cold, not to mention obesity. One medical professional speculates that a possible reason for lighting an object on fire on top of your body is that “extreme heat triggers an adrenaline response which can shift your body’s chemistry, improving some symptoms like indigestion and slow metabolism.” We advise sticking with tried and true treatments that are backed by medical studies.

Have you heard of any bizarre beauty trends? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.


One Response to bizarre beauty trends

  1. Elizabeth Stelling says:

    I have done the needling thing at home. I bought the needle roller which comes with numbing cream. I was telling my friend about using it and she was appalled!!!

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