Health and Beauty has always been two major preoccupations for human kind from pre-historic times. And now it is all the more true. Snail massage, fish nibble, bull semen, bee venom, leech bite, herbal beer bath, mud bath, red LED light, and what not! East and West, North and South, people are crazily pursuing all sorts of therapies to enhance beauty and health. Primitive as well as sophisticated methods are equally welcome, more welcome if it has the 'natural' tag attached. Some are traditional treatments from less known groups, some are well branded and marketed with appealing names, like ‘Apitherapy’ or ‘Ultimate Total Body Hydra-Dermbrasion Resurfacing’. Here are a few from different parts of the world.
Snail massage-Something different is always thought up in the world of cosmetics. If it helps make your look younger, happier, fresher it might be worth it. Even if it means letting snails crawl all over your face.
Snail has been showing up in beauty product recently but there is now talk of a salon in Krasnoyarsk, Russia that offers a snail facial.
The “medical-cosmetic” procedure consists of letting African snails slither around ever so slowly on your face. The snail slime is supposed to help skin regenerate, eliminate scars and minimize wrinkles.
Fish nibble-Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your feet in a tank of water and let tiny carp nibble away. Fish pedicures are creating something of a splash in the Washington D.C. area, where a northern Virginia spa has been offering them for the past four months. John Ho, who runs the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon with his wife, Yvonne Le, said 5,000 people have taken the plunge so far. "This is a good treatment for everyone who likes to have nice feet," Ho said. He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they're sanitary. Ho was skeptical at first about the fish, which are called garra rufa but typically known as doctor fish. They were first used in Turkey and have become popular in some Asian countries. But Ho doubted they would thrive in the warm water needed for a comfortable footbath. And he didn't know if customers would like the idea.
Bull semenThe 45-minute intense conditioning treatment uses thoroughbred semen from Aberdeen Angus bulls in a farm in Cheshire.
It is said to offer the ultimate shine for £55.
The hairdresser, Hari's, in Knightsbridge, London, has combined the organically produced semen with the root of protein-rich plant katera.
The mixture is massaged into the client's hair after it has been shampooed. Then the customer is put under a steamer so the treatment penetrates the hair. Finally, it is blow-dried.
Owner Hari Salem said he had tried hundreds of products, including wild New Zealand avocados and truffle oil.
'I have been searching for an organic product with a lot of protein because that is what hair is made of and lacks when it is dry,' he added. 'All the best treatments are protein based. Synthetic treatments are good but they are heavy if you have fine hair and can make it look greasy. In the end, the bull's sperm was the winner.
'It really works. The semen is refrigerated before use and doesn't smell. It leaves your hair looking wonderfully soft and thick.'
Mr Salem has no shortage of customers. 'It will be an ongoing treatment as long as the bulls perform,' he pledged.
There are dozens of spas in west Bohemia, but none quite like this one, where the active ingredient of the spa is beer. I'm sitting in a huge metal tub, in a combination of mineral water, beer, hops and yeast, all mixed together. The spa's owners claim that this has medicinal properties, and that sitting in this combination of water and beer is actually good for you. With me is the general manager of the spa, Mojmir Prokes. Whose idea was it to build a beer spa?
"Last year we built a hotel here, with 90 beds, and we wanted to give the guests a good service. So we tried to create a wellness centre here."
Many scientific studies and famous dermatologists agree that LED Light Therapy (also known as Red Light Therapy and LED Red Light Therapy) can help rejuvenate skin and is beneficial for pain management! Ten years ago I revealed the age-proofing benefits of LED Red Light Therapy in my doctor-recommended book, Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue and many health magazines and famous dermatologists acknowledge my findings. NOTE: Our LED Red Light Therapy System is Made in AMERICA and it's FDA-Approved! Below are a few quotes from dermatologists and health experts:
“Six weeks of treatment with LED’s can significantly improve the appearance of fine lines.”
In Style Magazine/Sept.2008
“LED’s activate the skin’s natural rejuvenation process for a smoother, more even complexion.”
In Style Magazine/Sept.2008
"Photo Rejuvenation treatment results are the closest thing to a face lift that I’ve been able to achieve since becoming an aesthetician."
Day Spa Magazine
"The treatment is especially effective at improving the appearance of the face, neck and chest, by reducing signs of aging, wrinkles and age spots." Web M.D. Health