Recently we ran a poll on our Instagram Stories asking the question, “what is the weirdest skincare tip you’ve heard?” Let’s just say the responses were interesting, to say the least. Here are the top 2 that had us clutching our proverbial pearls. Drum roll PLEASE!
#1 - VAMPIRE (aka BLOOD) FACIALS
Yep! you heard right. Matter of fact we went straight to Google to confirm this is actually a thing, and apparently, it is.
How does it work? During a vampire or blood facial, a licensed expert provider (at least we hope they are) places a bit of your blood (we really hope it’s yours) into a centrifuge. The centrifuge will separate the Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your red and white blood cells. The expert provider will then spread the PRP over your face.
Benefits: It’s said to be “the fountain of youth” procedure. Touting benefits such as diminishing wrinkles, dullness, acne scars, sun damage, and a laundry list of alleged benefits.
Cost: expect to pay anywhere between $1,100 - $4,000 per session
What do we think: It’s a hard pass for us, but we’re not judging you if you would try it. We did, however, create a facial mask recipe that would rival the vampire facial benefits. MINUS the health risks of course. We’re coining it “The Vegan Vampire Facial Mask.”
Vegan Vampire Mask
#2 - Bird Poop Facial
This one is messy (pun intended).
How does it work? Basically, bird droppings in the powered form are rehydrated with a hydrosol (water-based product) and applied to the face as a mask.
Benefits: It is said to be perfect for brightening the complexion and softening the texture of the skin.
Cost: prices start at $180
What do we think? Head down to your local park, find one of those staple benches under a tree, put your headphones in, lay back, and wait. You could go back home with a bird poop facial, and your $180 still in tow (disclaimer: this suggestion is just for humor purposes only. DO NOT ATTEMPT). Surely the birds would love to oblige you. However, the risk of bacteria is real. Instead, we've whipped up for you a less messy and less risky substitute.
Brightening Facial Mask
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 sliced pineapple
1/2 tsp of turmeric
2-3 drops of ginseng extract *Blend until smooth.
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