bizarre beauty trends – part II

Just when we thought we had seen it all, more bizarre beauty trends have surfaced in treatment rooms around the world. As stated in our first blog post about bizarre beauty trends, if it seems too good to be true or just plain weird, it probably doesn’t belong on your patients’ skin. However, being aware of the trends around the world is important and may take you by surprise.

the snail facial

This treatment, popular in Tokyo, Japan, involves placing live snails on the patient’s face after cleansing the skin. As they crawl, the snails supposedly excrete mucus that is full of moisturizing nutrients, hyaluronic acid and various proteins. The jury is still out as to the short- or long-term benefits of this bizarre beauty trend.

the vampire facial

This particular treatment was most recently popularized by reality star Kim Kardashian. This treatment is generally performed by a medical doctor due to its invasive nature. The doctor draws a few vials of blood and then separates the plasma from the red blood cells using a centrifuge. Once that process is complete, the platelet-rich plasma is then put back into the skin using a dermal-needling device or roller.

Currently, there is minimal scientific evidence suggesting this treatment actually benefits the skin. The claim is that the platelet-rich plasma contains epidermal growth factor which instigates the wound healing process. This in turn may also increase collagen production, thus making it an anti-aging treatment.

the red wine facial

Red wine is filled with antioxidant-rich resveratrol and supposedly benefits the skin when applied topically. Some facial recipes combine red wine with honey and yogurt to fight blemishes, reduce redness and increase hydration, making it a great option for oily skin. White wine offers moisturizing alpha hydroxy acids, making it a preferred choice for drier skin types.

Like the other beauty trends, there is currently little to substantiate the validity of this particular treatment.

Have you come across any additional bizarre beauty trends? If so, please share with us in the comments below or on our Facebook fan page.


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