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Weird and Wacky Facial Treatments That Actually Work

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From bee venom to bird poo, bizarre beauty has gone mainstream.

The Vampire Facelift  The newest way to nip and tuck doesn’t require a scalpel—just your blood. For Selphyl, aka the Vampire Facelift, a small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn, spun to concentrate its platelet-rich plasma, and then injected into unwanted facial lines or scars. The results are immediate and can last 1-2 years, or about twice as long as other facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane
Acupuncture Facelift  If you can overcome the fear of someone sticking needles in your face, you’ll be rewarded with a scalpel-free facelift—albeit one that requires time and patience. Acupuncture increases Chi, or energy flow, in the tissue. This enhanced circulation prompts collagen and elastin growth—the building blocks of firm, smooth skin. Most practitioners recommend multiple sessions for full effect, so lay back and try to relax. 
Bee Venom Facial The beauty world has been buzzing since Kate Middleton received a facial with bee-sting venom prior to her wedding day. Although it’s been hyped as a needle-free alternative Botox, in reality the bee venom acts as a natural skin plumper, temporarily increasing blood flow and giving skin a healthy, English rose glow.
Nightingale Facial  For centuries Geishas have maintained their porcelain complexions with bird poop. Turns out that nightingale droppings contain guanine, which acts as a skin lightener and exfoliant. First, however, the droppings are sanitized and milled into a (odorless) powder that’s then activated with distilled water and steam. Before you poo-poo the idea, consider this: Tom Cruise is rumored to be a fan. 


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