We’ve all heard the bizarre and harrowing tale about the famed 16th century Hungarian noblewoman who is not only known for being named Guinness World Record’s Most Prolific Female Killer but also for the fable that she used to bathe in the blood of virgins to retain her youthful skin and appearance.
Talk about commitment to your skincare regime! However, there isn’t anything to worry about as most reports against Bathory have been debunked as a conspiracy to undermine her power over the kingdom after her husband died mysteriously. So chances are we will not see a resurgence of blood bath facials anytime soon!
In the past, due to a serious lack of understanding about basic science, people also used leeches for both medicinal and beautification purposes and even used arsenic for that deathly white glow and complexion. Glad we’re in a more sophisticated era? Well, you might have to rethink that one because now we have even kookier beauty trends.
If you still think a charcoal face mask and tooth paste are too weird, this article might not be for you. However, if you revel in all things strange then do we have some stuff for you!
Bee Sting Therapy
You must be thinking, that sounds really painful. Well we are here to confirm that this procedure is indeed incredibly painful and quite honestly, just plain dangerous. Although it stems from an age old year old tradition of an alternative therapy called apitherapy, this was made popular by actress and owner of Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow who told the New York Times, “I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
This form of therapy includes using bee related products such as pollen, honey and bee venom to ease medical conditions and even make the hair and skin softer and better. This power comes from the main component of bee venom called Melittin which consists of amino acids and peptids that has anti inflammatory benefits.
Yes, we know how this looks since we just established that Bathory’s virgin bathing ceremonies will hopefully never come true, however hear us out. The blood in Dr Barbara Sturm’s now famous anti-ageing facials is no one but your owns! That’s right, for a meager price of £1,100, a customized infused moisturizer will be given to you which will have platelets of your own. This is said to aid the regrowth of cells and damaged tissues.
View this post on Instagram
The Brightening Serum, an integral part of #DrBarbaraSturm’s Brightening Line instantly gives the complexion a more even glow as well as reducing visible signs of pigmentation over time. Cress Sprouts Extract helps brighten the skin and diminish the appearance of dark and yellowish spots. Ginseng Extract supports the skin’s own protection against free radicals and environmental stressors. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the skin and strengthens skin barrier function. Allantoin has a soothing and calming effect. The serum refines skin tone and texture using natural brightening ingredients, with remarkable, instantaneous visual effect. #SturmTip : Use the Brightening Serum under your eyes to instantly diminish the appearance of dark circles and provide an immediate refresh. Love your skin ✨
Fetal skin infused beauty creams
This one is perhaps the most controversial of them all and it’s not hard to see why. While there are companies that claim to use donated fetal tissues and cells for medical and cosmetic research and treatments, there are more and more instances of brands using aborted fetuses for their raw materials. However, Swiss organization Neocutis have categorically denied the claim.
The benefits of fetal cells and tissue are self explanatory, as they aid the regrowth and regeneration of an individual’s skin not to mention the great exfoliation they provide.
Snails have become an important part of many famous beauty Korean blogger’s skincare regimes although it has been in use since ancient Greeks first realised it’s potential for skincare. The thick gooey mucin that snails release when they are under distress has become the world’s favourite organic skincare product as it is known to contain hyaluronic acid that reduces wrinkles and scarring, provides hydration and even prevents aging!
It might be nasty to some of us, but it is a small price to pay to be regarded as forever youthful in society’s eyes.