What is the strangest beauty treatment you’ve ever tried?

December 8, 2014

fire treatment

No matter how strange a beauty tip may sound, chances are someone will try it. Sometimes it seems that, when it does come to beauty tips, the stranger, the better. For example, in ancient Greece and Rome, women used crocodile feces in body-toning and anti-aging mud baths, while in the 1800s, an actual “tape-worm” diet briefly came into fashion.

The following beauty tips certainly aren’t as strange as those, but they may seem a little odd. However, the tips included actually have been known to achieve their intended purpose, without the need to spread crocodile dung on your face to get rid of wrinkles.

1. Need to get rid of puffy eyes? Take a Potato.  Peel the raw potato and cut it in half, placing one half over each eye. The potato will cool the areas around your puffy eyes and any swelling will decrease.

2. Need a quick face mask? Try Pepto Bismal.  Pepto Bismal works in your digestive system by breaking down oils and acids, and it works exactly the same on your face. Use two tablespoons and leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. What about coffee? Here’s another reason to like it. One beauty tip shows that using coffee grounds as a body scrub can combat cellulite. The caffeine in the coffee will stimulate skin cells, and using it as a scrub helps rid your body of dead skin.

4. Condiments usually belong in the fridge, but mayonnaise actually works as a deep conditioner. Leave it in your hair for about 20 minutes, and for added beauty, consider blow drying your damp hair, since the heat activates the mayo even more.

5. Keep your finger nail polish in the refrigerator. Warm nail polish often dries with bubbles in it, while cool nail polish will give your nails a smooth finish.

6. Do you get “red face” after a gym workout? Take an antihistamine — it will drastically reduce the redness of your skin.

7. If putting on mascara usually means carefully wiping mascara smudges off your eyelid when through, try holding a plastic spoon with the curve out over your eyelid when applying — this causes any excess mascara to get on the spoon, not on you.

If the thought of slathering your hair with mayo while drenching your face in Pepto Bismal and cooling your eyes with raw potatoes sounds just too strange, even for a beauty tip, just remember — women in the Victorian era used wigs which were glued together using bear grease and beef lard. Last but not least, there’s currently a trend in China called “fire treatment,” where an alcohol-soaked towel is placed wherever a body needs toning and then lit on fire for several seconds.