Most people want to look younger, thinner and more beautiful – but how far would you go? These treatments range from simply strange to downright disgusting, and even a bit creepy!
Spas may be synonymous with luxury and relaxation but you’ll find a lot more than that at these spas. These days anything from blood and chocolate to urine and excrement are deemed to have qualities that could potentially benefit the skin, and as a result have been tried by people all over the world.
Chocolate tastes delicious and a massage feels decadent, so why not combine them together? This is exactly what the spa at Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania does.
Treatments include a luxurious Whipped Cocoa Bath, a Chocolate Fondue Wrap or a Chocolate Bean Polish.
It may feel like you a being turned into a giant truffle by Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompas but chocolate actually has many qualities that benefit the skin, as well as the mouth and nose. Chocolate is packed full of antioxidants, which exfoliate and moisturise the skin. This is definitely the tastiest treatment around!
Nightingale Poo Facial
This may sound disgusting but the beautiful, singing nightingale bird creates droppings with magical properties for the skin. The treatment originated in Japan and was used by Geishas and Kabuki dancers, who claimed it made their skin brighter.
It has now been adopted in American spas and is used and loved by celebrities like Victoria Beckham.
Just in case you were curious, the droppings are sterilised and powdered to create a bacteria-free paste suitable for your skin. The treatment works because nightingale droppings contain important enzymes for your skin.
In Japan, the nightingale is known to burst into a song that sounds like laughter whenever they see a human – maybe this is because they have seen us putting their poo on our faces!
In the hot, dry Mexican dessert, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita offers a rather unusual massage: a Hakali cactus massage! This sounds painful, but it is not as bad as it seems because the treatment uses prick-free cacti to rub cactus meringue and blossom into your skin.
This unique treatment is like an oasis on Mexico’s vast dessert, as the treatment rehydrates your skin and removes toxins.
Bathe in Wine, Coffee, Sake, Tea, Noodles or Beer?
At Yunessan Spa in Hakone, Japan there is a rather unusual hot spring park. Instead of hot, steaming water, there are pools of green tea, red wine, sake (an alcoholic fermented rice drink) and ramen noodles.
The red wine pool even has a giant wine bottle pouring into the deep red waters. These ‘flavoured’ pools do have many benefits to your skin. For example, sake has moisturising properties, while green tea can help to boost the immune system.
Similar flavoured bathing experiences are offered in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany, where you can visit beer spas. Why not enjoy a nice, cool pint of ale whilst sitting 40 pints of hot bubbling beer?
Soaking your body in beer is meant to enrich and exfoliate the skin and help to increase circulation.
Vampires are very fashionable at the moment – their gothic, blood-loving ways are in books, TV and films, but would you expect to find them in a spa or clinic?
It seems like all the stories were right, if you are in search of everlasting youth, then the answer may be blood. This procedure involves taking blood from your arm and then injecting it into your face.
Before injecting it into your face, it is turned into a gel-like substance using thrombin or calcium chloride, which helps it to clot under the skin and encourage tissue growth. This process irons out wrinkles and although many patients claim it is effective, the youthful appearance only lasts for 18 months.
Already a big hit in the US, the procedure has moved across the pond with clinics in Scotland offering the treatment too.
Do you know of any amazing or unusual skincare treatments out there? Are there any that you would recommend?
Bio: Susannah Perez is a passionate fashion and beauty writer in her mid-twenties, living a fast paced life and loving every moment. She is always on the lookout for new and unusual beauty products and treatments. She writes about breast growth for Triactol.