Shop Guide: Bizarre Beauty Products
From Bloodsucking Leeches to Gummi Bears
Breaking the trend, the infamously fresh-faced, 46-year-old actress Demi Moore-– while on the circuit promoting her aptly-titled new film, Flawless-– recently confessed an unorthodox beauty regimen that helps her maintain a youthful glow: leech detoxification therapy.
As odd a procedure as that may seem, it’s only one of a long list of inventive new products and practices, from snail creams to breast-enhancing gum, that are now on the market. To that end, here are psychoPEDIA’s picks for bizarre beauty products:
Leech Detox Therapy
In Moore’s promotion of this treatment, she explains that the therapeutic leeches aren’t just ordinary swamp leeches but “highly trained medical leeches.” By having them suck your blood, an enzyme is released that triggers blood detoxification. Now a serious advocate of the treatment, Moore declares that she continues to feel its effects and will visit Australia for more detoxing. Although there is no concrete evidence that the process detoxifies blood, leech therapy has been used as a valid form of microsurgery since 1985.
Coesam Snail Secretion Cream ($64.95)
Eating snails is a widely-popular gourmet practice of French delicacy. Now, the cosmetics world is embracing snails to supply the newest ingredient in beauty products. As the secretion that allows their movement has been found to have beneficial properties for skin renewal, among other findings, it also helps preserve skin elasticity and treat superficial wrinkles. In addition to powerful anti-aging properties, the secretion is a potent natural ingredient, as it’s original use is for the speedy repair of a snail’s damaged shell.
Borba Gummi Boosters ($25, 136 pieces)
While snacking on these may make you feel like a kid again, these acai-infused nutraceutical gummies might make you look and feel equally youthful, as well. These fat-free dietary supplements from Borba are enhanced with green tea and grape seed extracts, rich in antioxidants, as well as a specially formulated bio-vitamin to promote healthy skin clarity and regeneration. And the obvious nutritional benefits aside, six gummi bears a day is inevitably more enjoyable than your standard multi-vitamin.
Zoft Breast Gum ($59.99 for 5 packs)
Don’t mistake this for the newest flavor of Orbitz-– Zoft Breast Gum is a chewing gum supplement that triggers the hormones that stimulate growth of fuller breasts. With a mix of thirteen herbal ingredients, including: oat grass for healthy hormones, hops flower for mammary gland development, pacific kelp for healthy thyroid function, and l-tyrosine for burning fat and enhancing muscle-– not only will Zoft clean your teeth after a meal, but offer a simple and natural way to increase cup size, with claimed visible results of a 1/ 2 to 2 cup-size growth in as short as three months.
Fuwarinka Gum ($5 for 2 packs)
While deodorants and perfumes offer an external, temporary cover-up for unpleasant body odors, Fuwarinka has created a gum that will not only freshen your breath, but your entire body-– from the inside. Available in Fresh Citrus and Fruity Rose flavors, the candy containing the natural ingredients geraniol and linalool, causes a time-released aroma to emit from the skin through the sweat glands. And on top of its scented properties, the gum also has the anti-aging ingredient, hyaluronic acid, as well as offering a specially formulated version for men–- Otokokaoru Rose Menthol.
Collagen Marshmallows (£2.30)
Some may remember playing childhood games of “Chubby Bunny” by stuffing copious amounts of marshmallows in their cheeks. Giving the plumping quality of marshmallows a new meaning, Japanese confectioners Eiwa, normally known for producing kid-appropriate sweets, have introduced an adult marshmallow to the market enhanced with 3000 mg of collagen. Citing comparable benefits to injections, the marshmallows–- which come in a range of flavors including strawberry, cherry, blueberry, grapefruit, and yogurt–- are said to improve signs of aging by increasing skin firmness and elasticity.