It seems the quest for beauty can actually be more bizarre depending on where you're based!
We may think the fillers, peels and surgeries that prove popular in the western world are crazy, but set your cosmetic GPS further afield, and you’ll be surprised by the lengths women go for longer-lasting beauty.
A favourite of Victoria's Secret Angel, Alessandra Ambrosio, 'Velaterapia' is a hair treatment involving an open flame and the ends of your hard-won hair lengths. But apparently, burning off the dead, dry ends of your hair is good for them. Talk about fighting fire with fire! Although it sounds like it would prove counterproductive, Alessandra swears by the treatment for keeping the ends of her hair split free and making flyaways a thing of fairytales. Note: Do not try at home!
When we think of Gods and Goddesses we think of the Hemsworth family... and the Ancient Greeks. But in an era when body building had nothing to do with dumbbells, crocodile doo doo was the toning product of the times! Ancient Greeks would fill their bathtubs with a blend of crocodile faeces and mud to promote tautness of skin, tone of limbs and ease of wrinkles. No word on what it did for the senses…
Although Lindsay Lohan, Daniel Craig and Cristiano Ronaldo have all dipped a toe, limb, face or entire body, into nitrogen, recently it has hit the headlines with The Real Housewives of Cheshire. So what does it do? Well, if you’re game enough to enter a freezing chamber of -110 dry liquid nitrogen, then you can expect the metabolism to get a kick in the pants, firing off our bodies natural fat burning process to slim and tone the physique way faster than a spin class ever could!
If you’re scared of snakes – and deadly ones at that – don’t go booking yourself in for a massage in the Philippines before checking the fine print! A local zoo offers a massage performed not by a masseuse, but by some wriggly Burmese pythons. Relaxing right? Clients are assured that the only thing that will be snuffed out are their aches and pains, because the pythons are fed beforehand. Still, would you want this on your back?
Are you ready for this? Fire Facials. Yes, real fire. The burning kind! Known as Huo Liao, this treatment involves a towel drenched in a secret 'youth potion' (you can’t make this stuff up!) and alcohol being placed over the face of the client. Then, the therapist sets fire to it. One not to try at home, this risky treatment is unlikely to set the beauty world on fire anytime soon. Pun intended.
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A beautiful smile is the cornerstone of a great beauty, but if Portuguese historical records are to be believed, the lengths taken to get there are hard to swallow. The ancient Romans used the urine of Portuguese people as mouthwash, claiming it was cleaner than their own. Today, the mouthwash du jour is far more palatable for some, with Victoria’s Secret models reportedly swishing a vodka, lime, cinnamon and mint concoction of their making backstage to get fresher breath. And that’s before the show!