Outrageous Facials, Beer Hair Rinses, Do They Really Work?

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Registered: 09-20-2003
Outrageous Facials, Beer Hair Rinses, Do They Really Work?
Sat, 10-16-2010 - 12:50am
Snake-Venom Facial
Spermine Facial
Beer Rinse
Placenta Facial
24-Carat Gold Facial
Hay Bathing
Fish Pedicure
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.

Teca Gillespie, a beauty scientist in Cincinnati, OH who develops innovative hair formulas and studies women’s hair care needs for Proctor & Gamble.

Robert Ramos, a hairstylist at Estilo Salon in Los Angeles who’s known for making A-listers like Jessica Alba and Eva Mendes look gorgeous.

The Claim: 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.
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Registered: 11-16-2001

I did the beer hair rinse when I was a teen - it really worked for me. If I were shedding that much again, I'd use it again.

As for snake-venom facials... I'll pass, thank you. The other day a friend of mine was suggesting that we go to the restaurant that serves snake meat. I'll pass on that, too.

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Registered: 01-03-2001

All I can say is "Ewwwwwww!"

I know my Mom used to us lemon juice when she washed her hair --- not sure what for or why, but the half lemons did create pits in the porcelain of the sink where she set them down! Makes one wonder what it was really doing in her hair! LOL

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Registered: 08-07-2007

I think I'll take a pass on all of the facials mentioned in that link.

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Registered: 08-16-2006

I'll pass, thanks for asking though!

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Registered: 09-20-2003

I have heard Carol that lemon juice cuts through product build-up. I don't use hair spray or gel, etc. so I won't be using it. However... my sister & myself found an article that said lemon juice in your hair would become golden streaks much like *Sun-In* (if anyone is old enough to remember that;) if you sat in the sun long enough. It didn't do a dang thing. Crisco for tanning purposes didn't do a dang thing either. We were never going to be California girls like we wanted. Just good old Pennsylvania girls trying to look like those blonde & bronzed CA beach babes. jan

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Registered: 09-20-2003

I used cider vinegar to enhance my red highlights as a teen. I was always trying something. LOL I did use a hair coloring product that gave me some coppery highlights a couple of years ago. The sales woman @ CVS told me cider vinegar would keep my color longer than a very pricy tube of color maintenance that I was looking @. I opted for the tube. I liked my hair color & wanted to maintain it as long as I could. Thx, Poppy! jan