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7 of the Strangest Beauty Treatments Women Endure

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to how we like to wear our makeup or style our hair, that’s a decision made on personal preference. But we can all agree that there are some odd alternative treatments out there, for example, wearing a facial created with bird droppings, or covering your skin with snail slime in the hopes of achieving better cell function. And below are some of the strangest beauty treatments women have tried out.

Leech Facials

According to Diply, this particular facial was made popular by Miranda Kerr, who admitted on a panel at the Goop Health Summit that she had tried a leech facial. According to Fox News, leech therapy is used to brighten and tighten the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

Bee Sting Therapy

When most of us see bees, we try to avoid and respect them, for fear of getting stung, but some women, like Gwyneth Paltrow, endure bee sting therapies. Speaking of the treatment, she told the New York Times, “I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”

According to The Telegraph, the treatment is often referred to as Bee Venom Therapy and works by getting bees to sting an infected area, usually a trigger point.

Bird Dropping Face Mask

The thought of putting a mixture on your face that includes bird droppings is pretty stomach turning, but it's a popular treatment that has been used for centuries by the geisha in Japan. According to Glamour, the face mask uses the powder composed of "sanitized droppings" from nightingales. The reason it is meant to work is due to the high levels of nitrogen in the formula, which “draws out bacteria from the skin and breaks down dead skin cells more gently than acid peels,” leaving the skin brighter.

Bull Sperm Hair Care

As the header suggests, this is a treatment that involves a mixture using the sperm from Angus bulls and Katera root, to create a protein potion that is meant to help frizzy or fine hair, Glamour reports.

Milk Spray

This treatment is one of the more well-known alternative approaches to beauty and has been favored by the likes of Cindy Crawford. According to Allure, the milk is spritzed onto the body several times a day. The milk refreshers are meant to be great for your skin, and according to dermatologist Jason Emer, milk contains "fatty acids, which help create a barrier on the skin that repairs and hydrates.”

Thai Slapping Therapy

While the slapping therapy doesn’t require you to put anything gross on your face, it does require the patient to be lightly slapped and pinched, as part of a treatment used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and pores.

A Beer Bath

Perhaps the most appealing, although no less odd, is the beer bath treatment, which according to Loop, is popular in the Czech Republic. The idea behind the beer bath is to create harmony and positive thoughts.

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