Since the days of Cleopatra, people have been searching for the ingredients that would improve their natural beauty and prolong it. Today, there are many promising creams and serums. However, a huge part of these products are useless since they are not able to return one’s youth. Plastic surgery has received an adequate response today, but chemical peels of the face or Botox injections still seem barbaric as a way to postpone aging for several years. This article will tell you what women are ready to go through in order to preserve or restore youth.
Would you agree to place the blood-sucking leeches on your face, if a few wrinkles were at stake? Demi Moore believes in the effect these creatures produce and has agreed to undergo the procedure. It is believed that leeches remove toxins from the blood and rejuvenate it. If only it were that simple.
12. Bird droppings
Victoria Beckham is not alone in her decision to remain young. She has had a strict diet since she got through to the stage and appeared on posters in the 1990s. For the facial masks, she uses a very strange ingredient, which provides her skin with elasticity and radiance. Except nightingale droppings, this mask includes rice bran and water. This product was used by the Japanese geisha for a healthy complexion. Each mask should be kept on the face for 60 minutes, and the cost of this procedure is $200.
Everyone knows that the substances contained in the placenta are characterized by an extraordinary therapeutic effect. Actress Eva Longoria is considered to be a proponent of such treatment, since the placenta promotes rapid cell regeneration.
10. Cat litter
Experts say that pets help us cope with depression and stress. However, some believe that you do not need to have a cat to look young. You just need to use cat litter as a scrub for skin peeling. Supermodel Christie Brinkley uses it to maintain the beauty of her skin. None of the scientists has refuted this idea, and Brinkley’s appearance proves that the method works.
Caviar does not seem exquisite today, although this product has always been associated with the rich. Cleopatra in her days, just as Angelina Jolie now, used it as a mask. A small portion of this caviar costs $300 today. It is used as a moisturizing body mask, which nourishes the body due to vitamins A and D and other nutrients. However, it is possible to replace caviar with a jar of fish oil at the price of $15 as it contains the same ingredients.
8. Not Smiling
For some, it may sound funny, but laughter promotes the formation of wrinkles on the face around the mouth and eyes. Many people have decided to abandon smiles and try not to express any emotions on their face. There is a woman, who calls herself a modern Mona Lisa. She has not laughed for 40 years. A much more known personality, Kim Kardashian, has been criticized for a similar behavior. Posting photos where she is laughing with friends on Instagram, Kim comments that she does not laugh often because laughter causes the appearance of wrinkles.
7. The use of collagen
Another questionable product used to prolong youth came to us from Japan. This is collagen, the substance of animal origin. Women not only practice injections with this substance but also drink it, believing that concentrated collagen helps the skin to always be elastic thanks to the influence from the inside. That’s why in Japanese restaurants women prefer the dishes, where collagen is added.
6. Purple products
It is proved that antioxidants fight premature aging. They are contained in expensive creams, fruits and berries of the purple color, such as blueberries and goji. That is why many people include them into their diet. Courtney Love claims that she has been adhering to this menu for a long time, but as the singer has gone through a lot of plastic surgeries, it is difficult to say that the berries helped her.
Botox injections are considered the most popular procedures for the maintenance of beauty. They are much more accessible, less frightening and safer than plastic surgery. But this is not the whole truth. If the injections are made incorrectly or the drug is of low quality, the person can get paralyzed. In addition, the patient has to get regular injections since the time of their effect is really limited. The faces of many Hollywood stars have changed completely, often not for the better.
4. Neck lift
No matter how many injections are done to get rid of wrinkles on the face, the neck always reveals the real age. That is why neck lifts are used. This is a surgical procedure, during which the skin is cut and stretched. Do not think that the neck looks like that of a twenty-year-old girl as a result of the surgery. A surgery can only slightly improve the appearance.
3. The 24-carat gold mask
Facial masks have always been used to maintain beauty. Basically, they contain ingredients, such as honey, milk, and other nutrients, but not gold. This very expensive mask has been offered by the Japanese company as a very powerful tool with an antioxidant effect. Today, such a mask can be made in any country, if you pay $250 and demonstrate a strong desire to have it.
2. Hemorrhoids Remedy
One of the secrets of the supermodels’ youth, including Christy Turlington, is the use of such drugs under the eyes to fight wrinkles and under-eye bags. In fact, this medication contains phenylephrine that is used to treat hemorrhoids. Experts do not recommend it for frequent use on the face because the skin can thicken in the area of its application and premature wrinkles can appear.
1. Stem cells
Today, the scientists’ attention is focused on the research into the nature of stem cells that can help the skin regenerate and redevelop. Besides, they help to cope with skin diseases, aging and scar resorption. The effect of the cream comes in an hour, although specific studies haven’t been conducted. Over time, it will become clear whether stem cells can be considered the new Botox.
However, this is not a complete list of strange ingredients that are added to cosmetic products. There are far more weird options.