A new beauty treatment offers to rejuvenate your skin - using sheep's placenta as its key ingredient. The Sheep Placenta Hand & Décolleté Rejuvenation Treatment, available at the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic, promises to "harness the power of stem cells harvested from New Zealand sheep" to lift and tighten your features.
Controversial it may be, but it's by far the only unusual fad to take the beauty world by fire in the past few years. From pigs' trotters collagen cuisine to snail secretion skin cream, come take a look at some of the world's weirdest beauty treatments, below.
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Sheep placenta hand & décolleté treatment
Are your hands and cleavage losing their firmness and plumpness? Fear not, the sheep placenta treatment is here to help. This revolutionary trend comes straight from LA, with a celebrity following that is said to include Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian. It stimulates cell growth using stem cells from New Zealand sheep and is available at the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic in the UK - also one of the first places in Britain to introduce the Sheep Placenta Stem Cell Facial.
Bull Semen Hair Conditioner
It may sound like something from There's Something About Mary, but Hari's hairdressers, in Knightsbridge, London, offers clients organically-produced bull's semen combined with the root of protein-rich plant katera to massage into their hair as part of a deluxe blow-dry. Owner Hari Salem is quick to reassure that "the semen is refrigerated before use and doesn't smell". "It will be an ongoing treatment as long as the bulls perform," he noted.
Bird Poop Facial
Known as the Bird Poop Facial in New York and the Geisha Facial in London, this unique treatment stems from Japan and involves drying bird droppings under UV lights then mixing with rice bran and water and applying as a face mask, producing fresh and glowing skin.
Pigs' Trotters Collagen Cuisine
This unorthodox anti-aging fad began in Japan and quickly spread to New York. It involves the physical consumption of collagen-rich pig's feet to banish wrinkles and ensure smooth, youthful skin.
"Collagen helps your body retain moisture," explains Himi Okajima, the owner of a chain of restaurants specialising in collagen cuisine in Japan. "Your hair and skin will look better, but it's not just for looking beautiful now. If you begin eating collagen in your thirties, you will look younger in your forties."
Placenta Face Cream
Madonna and Eva Longoria are among those rumoured to be fans of this unusual face cream made from sheep placenta protein extract, otherwise known as living cell therapy. According to EMK, one of the manufacturers to delevop such a treatment, “the placenta is known to improve metabolic processes, accelerate tissue regeneration, and stimulate immunity.”
Snail secretion skin cream
A number of different beauty products use snail serum, which also goes by the name of Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates (a nice easy one to ask for at the beauty counter, then).
An organic, natural ingredient, it is gathered pure from live snails, mostly in laboratories in Chile (products highlight that snails are not harmed in the process). Its powerful biological properties are said to help relieve skin conditions such as acne, as well as reducing wrinkles and improving dull complexions.
Leech therapy as a medicinal cure has been around for centuries, but it was only when Demi Moore famously swore by the potential of "high-level blood suckers" as an alternative means to "detoxify my blood" that it saw a resurgence as a beauty treatment.
Available at a handful of bespoke beauty clinics across the world, the process involves attaching leeches to the bare skin for around two hours so they can release enzymes into your bloodstream, improving your circulation and leaving you well and truly bitten.
The use of tiny Garra Rufa fish has gained popularity in spas across the UK and the US. Clients can dunk their feet into tanks filled with the toothless carp, who have the thankless task of nibbling away dead skin. However, the technique is currently under investigation with fears it could lead to infection and disease.
Once upon a time a beer bath would be a novelty reserved for rock stars, but now a number of hotels across Europe (especially in Prague) are offering it as a theraputic treatment.
Combining specially brewed malt, beer yeast, hops and mineral elements heated to over 30°C, the bath helps sweat away toxins, leaving skin glowing and refreshed. Just don't do it on a hangover...
Bee Venom Mask
Touted as the natural and organic alternative to Botox, this £55 face mask contains a bee venom ingredient that promises to immediately lift, tighten and firm facial muscles.
The product, released by Heaven by Deborah Mitchell, won an £100 million contract in China and is endorsed by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.