When the going gets tough, there are those who get knocked over, and then there are folks who figure out how to profit from a bad situation. Looks like the beauty industry is looking to the latter by facing the swine flu epidemic with expensive, fancy treatments. High-end spas have started offering healthy-sounding preventative care treatments like “immune boosting” facials and detoxes. Many of these offerings feature antibacterial ingredients meant to ward off sickness—a few examples include bee propolis (bee goo, basically) and high-pH, Japanese water.
So does this stuff work? One doctor tells New York magazine’s The Cut: “There is no question that these treatments will protect against winter illnesses, even the flu and swine flu.” [Interesting. Doesn't sound like any doctors we've ever interviewed. -- Editor]
The cynics in us are intrigued yet doubtful that a facial could replace a flu shot. Either way, pretty clever business-wise, no? [The Cut] Keep reading »
Mmm … beer, the delicious soda that makes you feel good. And, apparently, makes you look good, and we’re not talking about beer goggles. Recently, beauty blog BellaSugar reminded us that the beverage has some great beauty benefits. Because of its astringent qualities, beer can help remove hair product buildup when used as a pre-shampoo treatment. You can also make a homemade facial with it, adding avocado, vinegar, and honey. As a last suggestion, you can pour it into your bubble bath … which doesn’t seem to have much benefit other than it feels good (apparently). [BellaSugar]
We’ve also come across some other uses for ale—there are countless recipes out there for beer shampoos and conditioners (you can mix it with jojoba oil, for example), and you can also use it as a styling spray. The question is, would you really want to? Keep reading »
The obsession with staying youthful has led many to paralyze their faces with toxin and completely alter the face they were given. But the beauty industry offers an even more bizarre way to keep skin soft and supple. Beauty insiders are touting spermine, a powerful antioxidant found in human sperm, as the solution to diminish wrinkles and smooth skin. Bioforskning (yes, that’s the actual name), a Norwegian company, is now synthesizing the substance in laboratories and selling it. And stateside, some women are shelling out as much as $250 for a spermine facial at spas. They could keep their money and head to a college dorm, where, I’m sure, the occupants would be more than willing to give sperm facials for free. There’d probably be free beer, too. [NY Mag] Keep reading »
Here’s a different kind of poop facial. Swiss Kriss is an herbal laxative that’s been around forever and includes flakes of dried senna leaves, licorice root, fennel, dandelion, peppermint, and peach leaves. Today, I noticed on the box — um, that, you know, was in my friend‘s medicine cabinet — that it has directions for a facial sauna. Dump the box into a pan of simmering water and stand over it with a towel on your head. The herbalized steam “penetrates and cleanses every pore. The beads of perspiration coming from the open pores loosen accumulated make-up, rancid oils, and every bit of dirt in just minutes.” Intrigued, I tried it.
I lasted about 20 seconds before the “herbalized steam” caused a coughing fit and fear set in that the laxative going straight to my pores would cause a different type of cleansing. It’s worth a try, however, to take that constipated look off your face. [$8.12, LuckyVitamin.com] Keep reading »
While it’s not clear if they actually work, facials tend to focus on two things: relaxing or acne-fighting. Most treatments involve a cleansing of the skin, followed by an extraction of blackheads and whiteheads, and finished off by a mask or, in more severe cases, a chemical peel of glycolic acid to remove the top layer of the epidermis. However, facials can get creative. Get ready to flex your face at some of the weirdest. Keep reading »