If you thought that women’s obsession with makeup is only limited to the age of the millenials, think again. Women have been obsessed with looking beautiful since 4000 BC, when the first evidence was found in Egypt when people were beautifying themselves with kohl. Egyptian women also used pigments extracted from bugs to stain their lips and cheeks. Many centuries before epilatory creams was invented, European women were known to make hair-removal pastes from arsenic and quicklime, which is a component in cement! Later, they were also known to use sand paper to rub on their skin to remove hair. And did you know that Victorian women were applying toxic white lead as a mask to achieve the pallor?
But if you were thinking that we have gone a long way, far away, from carmine beetles and ants to make cheek tints, you’re wrong. History seems to be repeating itself, and these bizarre rituals have gained popularity due to none other than social media.
This therapy is steeped in history. Cleopatra is famed to have slept with a magnetic amulet on her head to maintain her youthful appearance. These masks again became popular when Madonna announced that her line of skincare products included a magnetic mask. What is that, you ask? They are regular face masks that have a combination of traditional skincare ingredients along with fine magnetic particles that create a micro-current when used in conjunction with a magnet. You apply the thick paste on your skin and let it stay for 10 minutes. Then with the magnet that is provided, you attract the mask off your skin. The selling points of this face mask is that it involves no water, and the oddly satisfying feeling of watching the particles being pulled clean off your skin by the magnet.
The magnetic attraction between the magnet and the magnetic particles in the face mask entraps pollutants and other debris from the skin and lifts it clean off the face without any abrasion. It is a great agent for unclogging pores. The combined effect of the beneficial ingredients in the mask and the micro-magnetic fields the skin is subjected to, treat inflammation and leave the skin bouncier and detoxed. The idea behind this treatment is that skin can heal itself if the ageing skin cells are given a micro-current boost into restoring their function. They are gaining popularity as anti-ageing treatments as they refine and polish the look of the skin.
Not for the faint-hearted, this facial treatment involves the application of snail mucin on your face! The secretion has hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, elastin, anti-microbial elements and peptides. It also is full of glycolic acid that is said to help increase the production of collagen in your skin, make it smoother and even out the tone. It also helps fight sun-spots and smoothens wrinkles. The enzymes also aid wound healing and stimulate cell regeneration. You could opt for a session with a trained practitioner who will allow snails to crawl over your face and torso. There are many snail masks, creams, lotions, scrubs and serums that could help you make your own ‘snail spa’ at home. But do not expect benefits overnight, the treatments work at snail’s pace!
You wouldn’t let a bee sting you on purpose, much less put creams with bee venom onto your skin, would you? Think not? Well, think again! Kate Middleton made this ingredient popular, and going by the mother-of-three’s glowing skin, we are ready to explore this trend. It’s amusing to think that the bee venom is produced by the stinger on the back of a bee. Normally, when you are stung by a bee, your skin gets swollen and turns itchy, unless you are allergic to bees. Bee venom-infused treatments use the properties of the venom and turn it into beneficial products for the skin. When you apply a cream which has bee venom on your skin, you trick your skin into thinking it has been stung by a bee. The body then diverts blood into the area to help repair it. This stimulates the body to produce collagen which strengthens the tissue in the area, making it firm and youthful. With regular use of bee venom-infused eye creams, masks, serums and lotions, you can notice improved texture and firmness of skin, reduction in the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles and even skin tone. A note of caution, though. You must never try and apply bee venom directly on to your skin if you’re allergic to bees.
The Japanese inspired Geisha Facial uses ‘uguisu no fun’ which translates to poop of the nightingale! It is said to have enzymes which help break down dead skin cells. It is also used to brighten, illuminate and gently exfoliate the skin. The Japanese bush warbler bird is chosen to harvest the poop because it has a short digestive tract that keeps most of the enzymes that are good for your skin intact. These birds are fed a diet of organic seeds, and the bird droppings is collected and sanitized under UV lights. It is then dried and ground into a fine white powder. This powder can then be mixed with water to form a face mask or a face cleanser. This is the powder that finds many uses in creams and masks.
Bird poop has a high concentration of urea and guanine. Urea is the skin’s secret moisturizing agent and is an important component in many hydrating creams. It also has enzymes that break down the debris on the skin. The slightly grainy texture of the powder also helps to gently exfoliate the skin, revealing new and healthy skin cells underneath. This is a good exfoliating agent for sensitive skin as it is very mild. The guanine found in bird poop is also one of the four bases of our DNA. It is mostly harvested for its luminosity.
It is a treatment that uses your blood to promote the regeneration of your skin cells. It involves microdermabrasion and then followed by using platelet rich plasma applied over your skin. The plasma is derived from your blood and contains platelets. These platelets are rich in growth factors, and when applied to the skin, they help promote cell turnover. It acts as a juice pack for the skin and increases the elastin and collagen in the skin. It also has antioxidant and hydrating properties. It evens out the skin tone and texture, smoothens fine lines and is even known to promote hair growth (think eyebrows). It is known to reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks, rejuvenate the under-eye area, tighten pores and plump up skin in general. Platelet rich plasma is now commonly being used as part of facials along with micro-needling to make sure the ingredients penetrate the skin. The process starts with a blood draw and it is then put through a centrifuge which separates the platelets. Then follows the microdermabrasion or micro-needling, and then the platelets are applied on your face. The recovery time is one or two days and you will have redness on the skin, much like sunburn for a few hours. This eventually subsides, but application of an SPF is a total must. You also have to avoid makeup for one to two days after the procedure.
Hemorrhoid cream eye treatment
Hemorrhoid creams are used for a painful condition where the veins around the butt become swollen and uncomfortable. They work by shrinking the veins and providing relief. Theoretically the same principle can be applied to the under-eye area as well, because the primary goal of a hemorrhoid cream is to reduce swelling. The primary ingredient in hemorrhoid creams is a compound called phenylephrine, which acts to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. It leaves the skin feeling supple and soft. Another compound commonly found in these creams is zinc oxide. It is a mild acid and helps close pores and tighten the skin. However, if you have sensitive skin, this is a beauty hack best avoided. So, if you have wrinkles or droopy skin around your eyes, you can apply a pea-sized amount of this cream and blend it into your skin until it is fully absorbed, and leave it overnight.
This is a treatment which dates back to the Egyptians for a general cure of the body. It involves a trained practitioner attaching leeches to parts of your face and allowing the leech to suck blood out of your skin. It is claimed that this process has detoxifying benefits and the enzymes that get released into your blood stream when they bite down on you is good for your health. The glands in the leeches are said to contain compounds that are used frequently in cosmetology. There are many creams and lotions in the market that contain active extracts from leeches but it is said that these are no substitutes for the actual experience. The treatment leaves the skin looking younger, radiant and smooth. Acne and other inflammation also appear lessened.
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