People all over the world have wanted a youthful appearance and glowing skin for centuries. Naturally, the way people attain this beauty standard varies from country to country, with some folks taking more drastic measures or strict routines to be happy with a glance in the mirror.
From China to Peru, spa treatments utilize some out-of-this-world tactics to groom and help them achieve a level of personal beauty not possible without. These 20 beauty routines from around the world might seem crazy — but beauty, as you know, has no limits…
1. Goat Yoga (United States): Originating in Oregon, this yoga class is taught with baby goats. The small animals are free to walk around, or on, everything in the class. They are essentially stress relieving therapy animals that accompany your workout.
2. Cured meat therapy (Italy): The Salumoterapia Salon at Hosteria de Ivan will cover your head with a cloth napkin while your face hovers over a plate of various cured meats. They also offer prosciutto wraps, great for elbow or knee problems, and mortadella masks, to soften the face.
3. Volcanic sand bath (Japan): Yamakawa Sand Baths utilize volcanic sand that’s geothermally heated from nearby volcanoes that you can bury yourself in. Volcanic sand boosts your immune system, improves blood circulation, and fights signs of aging.
4. Hay treatments (Northern Italy): Hotel Heubad will cover you in wet fermented hay. The practice started centuries ago when energetic farmers, who labored for most of the day, fell asleep on hay. The treatment’s believed to provide energy, treat muscle cramps, stiff joints, and possibly obesity.
5. Himalayan salt room spas (Greece): The negatively charged ions in the dry salt air have great health benefits. The dry, salt air reduces inflammation in the lungs, improves respiratory conditions related to asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and sinus congestion.
6. Huô liáo (China): Nothing says relaxing by literally being lit on fire! This popular treatment helps reduce wrinkles and tones body parts by setting fire to them. The treatment works by placing a cloth soaked with elixir on your face or problem area. Alcohol is then added, and the cloth is lit on fire.
7. Pearl powder (China): It is believed that Empress Dowager Cixi, ruler during the 19th century, popularized pearl powder. Rubbing crushed pearl powder on the face promotes skin brightening, exfoliates, and fights wrinkles. Low-grade pearls are used in this routine.
8. Cryotherapy (Japan): This relatively new form of therapy is just becoming popular around the world. You basically stand in a chamber or tank that’s near freezing temperatures. Theoretically, this improves your mental health and prolongs your life.
9. Lashing With Tree Branches (Russia): This beauty routine is a little bit of a process. When you attend a Russian banya, you’ll first bath in hot water. Then someone will lash you with young reeds or birch branches. Next, you’ll sit in cold water or jump in snow. The treatment commences with pickled fish and vodka!
10. Apitherapy (Europe): Bee venom is believed to help treat multiple sclerosis, arthritis, infections, and shingles. This type of therapy can also be used to get over a fear of bees. Make sure you’re aware if you have an allergy or not.
11. Equine Reiki (Australia): This Australian ranch lets clients share “life energy” with horses. He or she will either lie on a massage table or sit in a chair while the horses move around them and “share” their life-giving energy.
12. Peruvian dolphin therapy (Peru): There are special therapy marine parks that utilize swimming with dolphins as speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Pregnant women use this treatment because dolphin’s emit a high-frequency sound that stimulates the baby’s brain.
13. Sake Baths (Japan): During fermentation, rice wine produces kojic and amino acid, so bathing in sake is said to have moisturizing, anti-ageing, and brightening benefits for the skin. It also detoxifies the body. It’s been said some Geishas use sake as a primer before applying makeup.
14. Ramen bath (Japan): The theme park Yunessun Spa House in Hakone, Japan, has tubs filled with pork broth and synthetic noodles. It is said the pork broth not only boosts your metabolism, but it improves your skin condition as well.
15. Mud baths (United States): Popular in the Calistoga region in Northern California, mud baths have been used for over 8,000 years. The mud is created by mixing local (volcanic) ashy soil with warm spring water. It’s said these baths relieve back pain and muscular pain.
16. Beer spas (Czech Republic): This unconventional bath helps treat skin issues and stress, and can surprisingly increase cardio activity. Popular in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria, many hotels and spas offer this type of special. You can even enjoy a pint while you destress.
17. Turmeric masks (India): This practice goes back thousands of years when brides would make face masks out of turmeric on their wedding day. The orange clay-like mask purifies the skin making it soft and radiant and also fights off acne.
18. Thanaka Powder Sunscreen (Myanmar (Burma): For more than 2,000 years Burmese women have been using Thanaka powder, made from wood and bark of the thanaka tree, as protection from the sun. It brightens and shields skin from polluted air.
19. Snake farm (Israel): There is a place called Ada Barak’s Carnivorous Plant Farm and Spa that offers massages — but not from a masseuse. Snakes. perform full body massages, and clients claim to gain relief from migraines and sore muscles.
20. Snail facials (Thailand): Dating back to ancient Greece, slime from live snails has been used in the beauty world. Snails will spread their mucus on the face — which helps moisturize, hydrate, and nourish the skin — by simply moving around as they please. This is a widely popular beauty special in Thailand.
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