Bizarre Beauty Secrets From Across the Globe

If you thought seaweed body wraps and fish pedicures were weird – you might want to think again. Things just got a whole lot stranger, so take a look at these bizarre beauty tips from across the globe:

Bagel head look – Japan

Everything from cheek implants to facelifts and nose jobs are popular these days, but what about turning your forehead into the shape of a bagel? This is a hit in Japan’s underground body modification scene and involves injecting saline into the head before pressing in the centre of the swollen area with a thumb. Although the treatment only lasts between 16 and 24 hours, it has taken Tokyo by storm and can technically be carried out on most parts of the body.

Face slapping – Thailand

Believe it or not, health practitioners in Thailand are slapping people across the face in a bid to improve their looks. That’s right, this controversial treatment is believed to erase wrinkles, shrink pores and tighten skin and costs up to $350 for a 15-minute session. It’s thought to be a great alternative to surgery and is also designed to boost circulation and improve skin tone – but would you give this beauty secret ago? If this doesn’t take your fancy, butt pinching and breast slapping are popular too, or you might want to stick to a traditional Thai massage.

Ski masks as sun protection – China

Summer might have been a washout in the UK, but beachgoers in China used brightly-coloured ski masks to stop them from getting a tan. ‘Facekinis’, as they have come to be known, cover the entire face and are usually accompanied by a full-body swim suit – but why are they wearing such attire? Well, as noted in an article discussing the phenomenon for Asian Correspondent: In Chinese culture, fair skin is considered a sign of beauty which encourages some women to avoid the sun at all costs. The masks only leave their eyes, nostrils and mouth exposed helping them to stay as pale as possible.

Snake venom facials – USA/UK

The thought of being bitten by a dangerous reptile might make you quiver in your boots, but what about a snake venom facial? The poison used is thought to have wrinkle-busting properties and is rumoured to be popular with many high-profile celebs. It’s also said to be nature’s answer to Botox and is apparently a lot less painful than having injections in your face! It certainly sounds strange, but if it gets rid of lines and creases – perhaps it’s worth a go?

These days, procedures like hair transplants and tummy tucks are considered normal, but what about the above beauty secrets? Are these taking things one step too far or will we get used to them with time?