Celebrities often go to incredible lengths to slow down the aging process in order to maintain their glowing complexions. While most of us turn to drugstore products for our skincare needs, stars have an arsenal of (often wacky) beauty treatments and products to keep their skin woes to a minimum. Here are some of the weirdest skincare secrets celebs have actually admitted to using in the name of beauty.
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Jennifer Lopez sleeps like a corpse
But how does she make her 50s look 35? Lopez stays out of the sun, doesn't touch booze, won't smoke and meditates everyday. But her shocking beauty secret is that she reportedly sleeps on her back to avoid wrinkles. Apparently, this sleep strategy also involves a nest of pillows to help avoid too much weight on either side as another effort to avoid wrinkling. Hey, it's a treatment we can all try at home!
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Hailey Bieber’s blood moisturizer
Hailey Bieber uses a facial lotion that is concocted by Dr. Barbara Sturm, a leader in molecular cosmetics. Hailey’s blood is extracted from her arm and then put in a centrifuge to separate the plasma and white blood cells, which are then added to a cream that is called MC1 Blood Moisturizer. Dr. Sturm suggests that our own platelets can fight off signs of aging by reprogramming our skin. As if the blood part wasn’t enough, at more than $1,000 a pop, your bank account will be drained pretty quickly too.
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Victoria Beckham’s bird poo facials
So, poo isn’t the first thing you think to slather on your face for glowing skin. Well, there are plenty of stars out there who believe bird droppings are the anti-aging answer. Nightingale facials use sanitized, dehydrated nightingale bird poo that is ground into a fine powder and mixed with water to form a paste that is then applied to the skin. Bird poop is said to be high in urea, which locks in moisture and guanine, which can apparently have a brightening effect. We think we’ll stick to our conventional masks and creams, thank you very much!
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Kate Middleton’s natural Botox
The duchess is known for her incredible style, but also for her buzzworthy facials. We’ve heard of some strange beauty rituals, but this royal willingly subjects herself to bee venom. As soon as the skin comes into contact with the venom, it automatically reacts as though it’s been stung, causing it to firm up and plump up. Its claims to fame include helping scars heal faster, as well as helping reduce acne and improve overall texture. Of course, there is a caveat. If you are allergic to bee stings (or suspect you may be), skip this one.
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Jessica Alba’s eye-catching eyes
The secret to Alba’s sultry eyes are her lashes. And the secret to her lashes? This neat trick: Take your hairdryer to your eyelash curler. Heat it up, curl your lashes, and voila. The effects will wow you.
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina steaming
We really shouldn’t be shocked by anything Gwyneth does for health and beauty — but, vagina steaming? Gwyn raves about this treatment claiming it’s more than just a “steam douche” for your lady bits. Clients sit over mugwort steam (on a glorified toilet), which is said to balance hormones, maintain internal health and keep skin looking young and healthy. And you thought steam cleaning was just for carpets!
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Kim Kardashian’s vampire facelift
It's not easy being Kim Kardashian; she has to spend so much time and money (and pain) on maintaining her highly photographed face. A few years ago, she shocked her fans by posting pictures of herself during a vampire facelift. Blood is drawn from the victim's arm, platelets are extracted and then injected into the face to prevent wrinkles. What can we say? Beauty hurts.
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Angelina Jolie’s caviar body treatment
Angie has expensive taste; she's been known to indulge in caviar-based body treatments. Yep, fish egg extract is smeared over her skin to firm and moisturize. Apparently, she relied on this regimen during her pregnancies to prevent stretch marks. We think we'll stick with coconut oil.
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Irina Shayk’s 24K gold face mask
Instagram is burning up with spectacular selfies of gorgeously gilded faces. Celebrity skincare expert Mimi Luzon created the 24K Pure Gold Leaf Face Mask which is said to renew cells, improve skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkle depth. Irina is not the only top model to pay $300 for this indulgent face mask — Victoria’s Secret Angles Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Sara Sampaio also swear by these blingy beauty treatments.
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Sandra Bullock’s hemorrhoid cream eye treatment
Sandra's little beauty secret involves hemorrhoid cream. That's right, she dabs Preparation H under her eyes to reduce the appearance of lines and puffiness. We'd rather not put this stuff on our bottoms, let alone under our eyes! Do not try this at home folks.
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Cindy Crawford’s milk spray
Cindy mixes milk with water for a hydrating facial spritz. Not sure this would smell very nice, but she’s obviously doing something right, because she’s just as hot now as she was in her heyday.
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Teri Hatcher’s red wine soak
Some people just love red wine — Teri Hatcher takes this love to a new level by adding a few cups to her bath. She insists the fiery fluid is moisturizing and increases skin cell renewal. Personally, we'd rather drink wine than bathe in it!
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Halle Berry’s coffee grind body scrub
Halle Berry has a killer bod and maybe that’s because she does something the rest of us don’t (other than exercise and eat well of course!). Halle adds coffee grounds to her body wash to exfoliate her skin. The caffeine in the grounds apparently helps to tighten the skin and increase circulation. At least the coffee grounds are natural and won’t cause harm to our environment the way plastic microbeads in bottled exfoliants do.
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Cate Blanchett’s penis facial
Controversy arose when Cate raved to Australian Vogue about her favourite facial — it’s called a ‘penis facial’ by those in the know and it’s all the rage in Hollywood. This high-end facial, performed by celebrity facialist Georgia Louise, involves micro-needling the skin and applying a serum that contains epidermal growth factor (EGF) or to be more specific, stem cells harvested from the foreskin of Korean newborn baby boys. Yep, that’s right! After a newborn circumcision, stem cells are harvested from the foreskin and made into a collagen generating serum. The price tag of $650 is practically a steal when you consider what’s being slapped on your face.
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Katie Holmes’s snail slime skin care
The French eat snails, Hollywood actors smear them on their skin. Katie discovered that snail slime skin care products smooth and regenerate damaged tissue leaving her with soft, glowing skin. Because snail slime has a mix of elastin, glycolic acid and protein, these strange products are slithering their way to celeb popularity.
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Victoria’s Secret models’ vodka mouthwash
Why buy mouthwash when you can make your own at home with that leftover mickey of vodka? Some of the Victoria’s Secret models allegedly use a homemade mixture of vodka, fresh mint and cinnamon to keep their breath angelic. (But in reality, the high alcohol content probably dries out their mouths and causes the opposite).
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Jessica Biel’s lace sheet mask
Sheet masks are so popular these days and stars are really helping boost the trend by relentlessly posting sheet mask-selfies on social media. Jessica Biel once posted a pic of herself with what looked like a doily on her face, but it was just Dermovia’s Lace Your Face Hydrating Rose Water sheet mask. This lacy looking sheet mask is said to open pores, infuse the skin with nutrient-rich ingredients and then seal the skin so all the goodness is retained.
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Demi Moore’s blood-sucking leech therapy
Demi really goes to the extreme when it comes to her looks. She once went to Europe specifically to experience the detoxifying benefits of leech therapy (yes, as in those slimy blood-sucking things that most of us hope never to see!). The leeches suck blood from your skin while releasing enzymes that (apparently) remove toxins from your blood.
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Bar Refaeli’s 24K gold facial
Model Bar Refaeli made waves when she posted a photo of herself receiving a 24K liquid gold facial. This metal treatment will set you back the price of your summer holiday but hey, anything for beauty.
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Serena’s Williams’ Evian bath
Hotel Victor, a luxury Miami Beach hotel, offers the ‘Evian Experience’ which includes, not only two hours of bespoke spa services, gourmet culinary delights and refreshing beverages, but 1,000 litres of the world’s finest mineral water — Evian — warmed to perfection in an infinity-edge tub. Serena raved about this purifying $5,000 bath. We’re pretty happy with boring old tap water, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
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Selena Gomez’s sweat bed
Selena loves getting wrapped up like a burrito and laying in a sweat bed for 45 minutes to rid her body of toxins. FAR infrared energy warms the core body temperature to encourage perspiration, which improves the tone, texture and overall appearance of the skin. These sweat lodges also claim to help firm and slim the body and promote sleep.
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Mila Kunis’ ruby and diamond facial
In order to keep her skin looking firm, dewy and youthful, Mila indulges in the HD Diamond and Ruby Peel performed by celebrity esthetician Scott-Vincent Borba. This ludicrous facial involves sucking on an ice cube (to reduce inflammation), while your face is rubbed with antioxidant-rich precious stones. It may sound like a prank, but it’s no joke with a price tag of $7,000!
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s overnight tanning mask
Imagine putting on a bit of cream before bed and waking up with a tan! That’s what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley does on a regular basis with James Read’s Sleep Mask Tan Body. Apparently this product won’t stain sheets and will gradually build a sun-kissed tan, all while you sleep!
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Eva Longoria’s placenta cream
Eva Longoria swears by EMK’s placental-based cream. This skincare line uses botanicals that mimic the properties of the nutrient-rich human placenta to restore her complexion’s texture and tone and to plump her skin. Eva claims her skin stays baby-soft thanks to this brand’s clever technology.
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Kate Hudson’s ice water dunk
Kate submerges her face in freezing cold water to revitalize her glow. The icy temperature reduces puffiness and boosts circulation.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones’s fruity toothpaste
Catherine uses fresh fruit like strawberry and pineapple to scrub her teeth to pearly whiteness. We're usually trying to get strawberry seeds out of our teeth, not into them, but Catherine's chompers are pretty white, so she might actually be onto something.