Botox and cosmetic surgery may raise fewer eyebrows than some of the unconventional beauty treatments the rich and the famous undergo to stay in top form.
In the following pages, we bring you some tame and some not-so-tame attempts by the stars to remain preternaturally preserved!
Compared to the rest this is really quite non-controversial, but definitely unusual. Kat consumes acai berry tablets — they are supposed to increase energy levels, detoxify your system and help you lose weight through cleansing. But why she won’t just have the fruit itself is anyone’s guess!
In true dramatic Hollywood style, the soon-to-be-Mrs Pitt is rumoured to have undergone caviar therapy after the birth of her twins.
This involves the rubbing of Baerli sturgeon caviar (in other words, raw fish eggs) into the skin to get rid of wrinkles and stretch marks, as they are rich in oil and act as a powerful moisturiser.
We’re amazed that the supermodel doesn’t suffer from a year-long, perennial cold because of this habit — she dunks her face in ice cubes before stepping out of the house! Apparently, the ice is supposed to ‘freeze’ Kate’s wrinkles and boost her glow.
Would you endure a jab in the backside in the name of beauty? Apparently Madge does — weekly B12 vitamin injections are her secret, in order to increase energy levels, boost the metabolism and in turn aid weightloss.
Mrs B is quite the fashionista and takes great pride in her appearance. To the extent that she allows bird poo to be smeared on her face twice a month. Yes, you read right — the droppings of a nightingale that are said to contain enzymes which break down dead skin cells and polish the skin naturally. And these facials cost a cool 215 dollars a pop!
On the other side of the spectrum we have Ash, who refuses to fall for expensive treatments and sticks entirely to home remedies — gram flour (besan) to exfoliate, cucumber slices to rejuvenate and a glass of warm water and honey religiously each morning, to keep her complexion glowing.
Living life in the public eye has caused even the newest member of the British royal family to turn to more exotic options. Kate regularly undergoes bee sting facials, which are also referred to as a ‘non-surgical facelift’ — the treatment contains one per cent bee venom, which causes the skin to react like it’s been stung. Hence, an increase in bloodflow, collagen production and elasticity lead to a smooth, supple complexion.
The former supermodel and mother-of-two mixes whole milk with water to use as a facial mist, spraying herself through the day with it to keep moisturised. The lactic acid in milk has skin softening properties.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie consumes two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar daily. The vinegar is said to flush out fats from the colon, which helps the body digest food and suppress cravings. And no, it doesn’t taste very pleasant at all!
To preserve its amazing red hue, Nicole douses her mane with a cup of cranberry juice after each wash. This is believed to seal each cuticle and add to the lustre — but only for redheads, so don’t go trying it anytime soon.
We’re guessing she had to give it up while pregnant, but new mommy Shilpa is sure to inch her way back into a waist chain that she wears contantly. The reason behind this is more than mere accessorising — the actress claims that it keeps her weight in check. If she gains weight, the chain rides up higher, so she manages her waistline that way.
People are always talking about skin that’s as smooth as a baby’s bottom and some celebs actually use a placenta protein to come by it! Eva Longoria is known to be a fan of an expensive face cream, which counts placenta extracts as its chief ingredient — they contain highly active enzymes, proteins, vitamins, anti-oxidants and amino acids that boost skin regeneration.
But of course, Gaga would figure in any list that has has anything remotely eccentric about it! The pop star has been quoted as saying that drinking spinach juice works wonders on her skin.
For those who can’t stomach the taste, she has an even more unusual suggestion — have plenty of orgasms! She claims that’s the key to a glowing complexion.
And we’re on the subject of bottoms once again! Hollywood A-lister Sandra says that using hemorrhoid cream on your face is a great way to smooth out and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
These creams contain hydrocortisone, which reduces itching, redness and swelling, but several medical experts warn that using it cosmetically can ruin your facial skin in the long run.
And finally we come to UK hottie Cheryl, who goes one better than the Duchess of Cambridge with snake venom!
The anti-ageing cream she’s a fan of contains a synthetic form of snake venom. Dubbed ‘botox in a bottle’, it is believed to freeze your muscles, achieving a similar effect to the cosmetic procedure and eradicating wrinkles.