March 15 is the premiere of Jessica Simpson's
new reality show, The Price of Beauty
, and in it, Jessica, along with BFFs Ken Paves (pictured
and CaCee Cobb, traverses the world to learn how different cultures
define beauty, and the extraordinary lengths women will go to in order
to achieve it—like drinking cow urine in India and entering a "fattening
hut" in Uganda.
But we've uncovered even more
outrageous beauty regimens (sperm facial
, anyone?) and asked experts to weigh in on whether or not these crazy (and oftentimes expensive) treatments work.
Meet the Experts
Dr. Jessica Wu
, a dermatologist from Los Angeles who specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Neal Schultz
, a leading dermatologist from New York; when not treating patients, he is educating the public about skincare
through video tutorials on DermTV.com.
, a beauty scientist in Cincinnati, OH who develops innovative hair
formulas and studies women’s hair care needs for Proctor & Gamble.
, a hairstylist at Estilo Salon in Los Angeles who’s known for making A-listers like Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes
: Just like a snake can paralyze its prey
with one bite, snake venom has a Botox-like effect when applied to the
face. During the facial, the ingredients send messages to the muscle
receptors not to contract, preventing fine lines and wrinkles from
appearing. Results are immediate.
What the Pros Say
: “There is no scientific evidence that rubbing snake venom, or snake oil on the skin
can relax facial muscles,” says Dr. Jessica Wu. Even rubbing Botox
directly onto bare skin has no effect. It needs to penetrate deep into
your muscles. Of course, you’ll feel more relaxed after the treatment,
and if you’re relaxed, your facial muscles will be, too.