The world of beauty industry is a cut throat race of who will make you feel worse about yourself the best. They feel like you wouldn't buy enough beauty products naturally and so problems have to be invented from whole cloth. They even go to such absurd lengths as, say, thigh gaps.
But this just follows long and storied history of crazy fashion trends and insane fashion products. The entire human history is littered with snake oil-like remains of beauty products peddled to mostly women and containing dubious contents. Here are some of the strangest products.
Human Foreskin Face Cream (USA)
SkinMedica anti-wrinkle cream had a great boost from Oprah in 2015. However, it's production involves the foreskins from circumcised human infants. The company uses fibroblast in babies' foreskin as a culture to grow other skin or cells.
Bird Dropping Facials (Japan)
Uguisu is a Japanese powder made from songbird feces. 18th century geishas and kabuki actors used it to wipe off the heavy white makeup off their faces. The droppings are rich in amino acid guanine, and impart a soft, porcelain-white shine. However, it's expensive: a 50-minute facial can cost you $180.
Snail Slime Cream (Chile)
The mucus a land snail secretes to cushion the road has a powerful antioxidant, which can protect your skin from oxidizing. Thus, snail serum has been proven to improve cell function and maintaining skin. It stops sun damage to an extent, and stops abnormal scarring, like acne scarring.
Ground Pig Placenta (Japan)
Placenta is a tissue that grows in a pregnant woman, nourishing and protecting the fetus. It's pushed out with the baby during the birth, and this gross meaty sack has crazy moms eating it. Japan is, for once, less crazy, as the Japanese drink ground up pig placenta; it's full of nutrients, vitamins or nutrients. You can buy a 30-milliliter bottle for a thousand yen (about $8.50 USD) in Tokyo.
Bull Sperm Conditioner (London)
Hari's, an upscale salon in London, offers the Aberdeen Organic Bull Semen Treatment, which is exactly what it sounds. This combination of Aberdeen Angus bull semen and Katera root (and bukkake fetish) creates a hair mask, which aims to give you shiny, full bodied hair. One treatment costs you $85 USD, because bull Fleshlights aren't cheap, I guess.
Ant Body Wash (Japan)
Finally, some use for ants! This little body wash contains formic acid (harvested from ants that are rich in it) and is claimed to be very energy giving. Other components help clear up your skin. 75 will set you back only $15More!
Buttery Smoked Vagina (Ethiopia)
Stunningly not a Japanese practice! Some Ethiopian salons offer this lady-only service that starts with a 45 minute massage using butter as the medium. Butter is applied to the entire body from head to toes. The customers then spreads a huge chunk of butter over her lady parts. She is then lead to a room with toilet seats place over smoke holes. The woman sits down, spreads her legs wide and places her vagina over the smoke hole. She is then covered with heavy blankets, assuring that no smoke escapes. She has to sit like that until all of the butter is melted. This supposedly tightens the vaginal muscle, but it feels a little like they're blowing smoke up our asses.
Portuguese Urine Mouthwash (Rome)
Romans gargled imported Portuguese urine to improve the color of their teeth and to freshen their breath. Apparently, Portu-pee had a better pH or something. To be fair, urine contains ammonia and urea, which helps kill germs and fight gingivitis. As such, urine is quite sterile, being 95% water.
Platza Bath (Russia)
So you get steamed up in a sauna (probably coed, likely naked). You are then lead into a stone room with benches, where you lay down and place an ice cold cloth over your head. After that, two men start beating you with olive oil-soaked oak leaves. You are intermittently bathed in soap and hot water. This lasts for about 30 minutes and then you're allowed to cool off.
Ambergris (New Zealand)
Ambergris is this solid, waxy stuff that sperm whales poop out. It floats to the surface of the sea, where it's baked and sterilized by the sun. Ambergris then washes ashore. Eastern cultures use it as a medicine or potion component, as well as a spice. In the West, it stabilized the scent of fine perfumes. In Eastern cultures, ambergris is used for medicines and potions and as a spice; in the West, it was used to stabilize the scent of perfumes.
Ewe Placenta (Malaysia)
EMK Placental has has a ton of products that use placenta and they're use by the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Madonna. The price starts at $90 and goes up from there.
Snake Venom (USA)
UltraLuxe 9 is an anti-aging cream that uses Syn-Ake, which is basically snake poison. It works by blocking neurotransmitters that tell muscles to contract. It would be deadly in case of snakebite, but as a cream, it works very much locally. This budget-friendly botox alternative still costs $185 per ounce, so it's no wonder that it's used by celebs like Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Ben Kingsley, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Micro-Needle Therapy (California)
This spiky roller is supposed to give pin-prick punctures in the skin, only big enough to break it and reveal new skin underneath. Unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion, it breaks down scars and skin blemishes. The starter kit is "only" $180
Foot Binding (China)
The ancient Chinese thought tiny feet to be pretty. So they used to take girls between years 3 and 11 - when the tissues are still easy to form - soak them in mixture of herbs and animal blood to soften it. Toenails are cut back as far back as it's possible in order to prevent ingrowths. Then, cotton bandages, ten feet long and soaked in the same mixture mentioned before, were used to tie up the foot. At first, the toes were bent and squeezed into the sole until they broken, and wrapped tightly against the sole. The foot arch was broken as the foot was drawn straight down with the leg. The bindings tightened, pulling the foot and heel together, folding the foot at the broken arch. The bindings were then sewn tightly so the girl couldn't open it. The binding tightened as the bandages dried. A girl would then have to walk on her broken feet to crush them into shape.