In the beauty industry’s tireless search for the Fountain of Youth, what lengths should we stop at to defy Mother Nature?
German chemist Justus von Liebig created the first modern mirror in 1835 – and for nearly 200 years, human beings have done their level best to shape, improve, alter and change what they see in it.
German chemist Justus von Liebig created the first modern mirror in 1835 – and for nearly 200 years, human beings have done their level best to shape, improve, alter and change what they see in it. And, as medical cosmetology continues to advance, we’ve found some truly wacky (and expensive!) new ways to stall the ageing process, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham jumping on the bandwagon of some of the most extreme trends in facial care.
Here are some of the most off-the-wall facials bound to go mainstream in 2019. But do they actually work?
Okay, those with queasy stomachs – you can stop reading from here.
Go ahead; skip down to the next one because this Kardashian favourite will leave you feeling light-headed.
Capitalising on the rejuvenating properties of your body’s own platelet-rich plasma, this extreme facial involves a dermatologist drawing blood from your arm and putting it through a centrifuge.
Once the platelets have detached from the red blood cells, a device called a Dermapen is then used to inject the platelets into the skin of your face via thousands of tiny pin-pricks.
The goal? To stimulate the production of collagen, which increases elasticity and can help skin appear more youthful. Allegedly. The price-tag to be like Kim? RO307.6.
Tame test: We don’t blame you for not jumping at the opportunity shell out your rent payment in the name of (bloody) beauty! Instead try using Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%, which supports the maintenance of copper tripeptide – a natural substance found in human plasma that aids in collagen production. Price: RO26.9.
Taking a leaf from the tome of Korean skin-care, this bling-ed out facial treatment is slaying on the beauty trend circuit – mainly because you don’t need to visit a pricey salon or spa to have it done.
24-karat gold face-masks are going like hotcakes on Amazon, with cosmetic manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon left, right and centre.
The caveat? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, its precious metal may just have the opposite effect – with nanoparticles actually speeding up the skin’s ageing process and reducing its wound-healing capabilities.
Tame test: For trend junkies who still want to give it a go, Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Mask, claims to do exactly what it says on the tin. You be the judge.
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Remember when leeching was a thing? Well, it’s 2019, so of course there’s now a Version 2.0.
But if the thought of adorning your face with slimy, live gastropods just isn’t your cup of tea then this is unequivocally not the facial for you.
However, with celebs like Katie Holmes and Drew Barrymore lining up for this RO96.1 facial fad, it’s a Hollywood trend that’s bound to stick (if you’ll forgive us the pun…).
How does it work? Snail mucus is alleged to contain powerful antioxidants, proteins and hyaluronic acid that rejuvenates the skin by acting like a natural skin peel.
Tame test: Leave the snails where they belong – in the garden. Instead, slap on a Tony Moly Intense Care Snail Gold 24K Hydrogel Mask, which couples snail secretions with copper peptides and hyaluronic acid for a similar effect. Price: RO3.8.
Talk about a close shave – this exfoliating treatment literally takes off a layer of (dead) skin. An ultra-effective way to allow new cell growth to run rampant, the procedure involves using a surgical scalpel or dermaplaning razor to remove and scrape away the dead skin cells and small hairs on the surface of your face that can harshen your skin’s complexion and shine. Think of it as straight-razoring for ladies…
Tame test: Got steady hands? Try it out at home with one of the safer implements on the market – the DERMAFLASH 2.0 LUXE Device, an electronic version that comes with razor cartridges, cleanser and moisturiser. Price: RO72.6.
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