BN Beauty: From Vampire Facials to Placenta Creams! 8 Wild & Wacky Beauty Treatments

Gold FaceAfter I saw the Battabox video on getting a facial in Lagos I was lost for words. Apparently, loads of women go through different treatments just to have the modern day equivalent of the ‘fountain of youth/ eternal beauty/ fine girl no pimples (whatever you want to call it). While trying to understand why I should inject my own blood into my face in the name of facials I went in search of the most outrageous kinds out there. From snakes to bird poop check out some of the most unconventional beauty treatments women in the world try out.

1) Bee Venom Facial:

It was reported that we have the Bee Venom Mask to thank for the bridal glow that the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine had on her wedding day!  The bee venom is sourced from organic bee hives and diluted for application. During manufacturing, the mask is prepared with New Manuka honey and sold as cream costing $55,200 (N8,776,800). It is used as a normal skin lotion and gives the face a supple glow.

2) Gold Facial:

The gold facial has been around for a long time and has become the specialty for a lot of beauty salons abroad for a glowing complexion. The gold is said to have a lot of benefits for the body including improvement of blood circulation, quickened rate of cell renewal, toxin elimination, fixing of oxidation and dun damage and lightening complexion. Who knew right?

The procedure for this is quite simple …doctors have credited the facial that it improves the general appearance of skin but it could only last for about 30 days. Maybe that’s why Mariah Carey’s gold tan happens once a month.

3) Placenta Cream:

First comes the baby, then comes the baby sac and then what? Well some people like to convert the sac (the placenta) into facial cream. Many manufacturers have been using the placenta as a beautification agent to repair ageing skin. So just how does it work? The platelets in the blood slow down the skins ageing process making it look younger and healthier. You just put it on and leave it in for a while, and that’s it.

Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Madonna have sworn by this treatment and have cited it as one of the things that keeps them looking young and healthy.

4) Geisha Facial:

While some people associate a bird pooping on you with good luck, others see it as a chance to get their face looking softer and brighter. This Japanese beauty method involves smearing bird poop on your face. Now it isn’t just any type of bird feces, it has to be the poop of a specific type. The Japanese Bush Warbler called “uguisu no fun” which means nightingale feces is commonly used. To get this done in some places in New York costs $180 (N28,620). If you’re wondering about the smell, users who swear by it like Victoria Beckham have described it as having a musky and medicinal smell.

5) The Vampire Facial:

Now to the famous vampire facial. This method has been causing quite a stir as star Kim Kardashian used this to give herself a more youthful look.

It entails blood being drawn from the arm, spun in a machine for the removal of platelets and then injected in the face using a needled instrument. Simple right? It sounds painful from the description but people have testified that it’s uncomfortable at first but after a while it gets better.

6) Leech Therapy:

You may have heard of leeches being used in medicinal treatment for healing wounds, curing pain etc, but here it’s a different ball game. To receive this treatment you need to shave your body of all hair and then dip yourself in turpentine. After the stinging stops, leeches are placed on the shaven body. This procedure allows them feed on your blood thereby aiding with a number of things from muscle cramps to osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).

Actresses like Demi More have revealed getting it and says she is definitely going back for more.

7) Snake Therapy:

The passengers from the ‘Snakes On a Plane‘ movie could have just sat back and relaxed if they had known that snakes can give you a body massage. This slithery treatment is famous in Israel and has become quite popular with people coming in from all over just for it. It involves non venomous snakes being poured on your body and left there to slither, supposedly helping you relax while you’re there.

8) Fire Facial:

I don’t know if I  am willing to try this, but here is what it entails. Popularly called ‘Huǒ Liáo‘, this Chinese treatment requires secret elixir (lighter fluid) and you are on fire. A towel is soaked with the elixir, placed on wherever you would like to relax and set on fire! The aim? To make your skin look brighter!

How far would you go to get or secure youthful beauty. Have we really gotten to a stage when mud facials and hammam baths no longer do it? Is experimenting until you find the right one better or should we all just exfoliate, cleanse and hope for the beauty gods to smile upon us. Share your thoughts.

Check out the procedures of some of these treatments below…

Which would you try out?

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49 Comments on BN Beauty: From Vampire Facials to Placenta Creams! 8 Wild & Wacky Beauty Treatments
  • chuchusweets April 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    ohhh meeennn… way

    • Blossom April 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      I’d try the placenta. I want me some J-Lo gloww! 😀

  • ejogene April 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Scaring !!!!!!!!

    • if you are a wedding enthusiast/wedding lover visit my wedding blog at April 3, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Warraheck? abeg i’ll rather cope with my pimples jare. Just started using extra virgin olive oil and its working wonders. Honey is good too. These are extreme measures mehn

      • jen April 5, 2013 at 2:25 am

        how do you use the extra virgin oil??

      • if you are a wedding enthusiast/wedding lover visit my wedding blog at April 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Hey Jen, wash and cleanse your face at night then slather extra virgin olive oil generously on your face, then go to bed. The skin normally undergoes repair during the night. in the morning wash your face then rub the olive oil again. dip a face towel in hot or warm water and put it on your face for about 2 minutes, the steam helps to bring out impurities. In a week your face will look a lot brighter

    • ejiro April 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      lol at scaring.

  • ME April 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I can definitely do the first four…..Things we do to be fine ehen! Kia!!!!

  • amah April 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Eez a wa! Fire, Leeches, Snakes kwa all because i want to do o cho nma?Abeg, my QEI+ Priviledge Caviar cream and serum, Apricot facial scrub, Olay regenerist cream and Neutrogena cleanser is enough for me, biko

    • tbn April 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

      All these ones wey you list sef plenty nay haba! lolz

    • Banti April 7, 2013 at 6:26 am

      Lol,abeg no make me pee for body o

  • Damie April 3, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Ewwwww. People are sick. That snake massage is the worst, followed by the fire facial. Why is it so wrong to just grow old in peace? Women place much more pressure on themselves than society ever does. This is ridculous.

  • Banny April 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

    N’yama! Yuck!!!

  • giggy April 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    oh my goshhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all for beauty? abeg, i’d rather age gracefully.

  • Toks April 3, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Women and looking good business! Methinks this is going too far?!

  • Hmmm April 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Sinful world we live in where people place outer beauty as more important than the inner beauty…

    Lord teach me to be clean from the inside out.


  • eniola April 3, 2013 at 10:36 am


  • HRS April 3, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Choi!!!!!!!!! Who is sooooooooooooooooo crazy as to let snakes, venomous or not, slither over my body! Awon Olos….. Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity! Imagine going through all these yesterday and passing on today, na your grave u wan model for?! Mtcheeeew! Or won’t the worms eat u up when u are 6 feet down below? Biko, there are better thing to do with money and regular facials and face masks that will retain moisture on ur face and body, just to keep ur skin healthy, what ever happened to lemon, lime and pure honey?!

  • HRS April 3, 2013 at 10:43 am


  • nickyminaj April 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    maybe the creams, but definitely none of the painful stuff

  • Peachy_mo April 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Shooo…if them like let them do alligator facials….na ‘ol age sure pass…for everybody. Nonsense…vanity upon vanity. Like someone said; “there is more fruit ina rich man’s shampoo than on a poor man’s plate.” #ponder

  • ozzy April 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

    i never they crase

  • Nora April 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I can definitely do the first four…..d odas….I wudnt even think bout

  • Joy SUSAN April 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Awlfull life we ar living in goush damm

  • damilola April 3, 2013 at 11:34 am


  • Anon April 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Thank God for our black skin, we don’t need these things. Plus we are gifted with shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil among others. They do wonders for fine lines.

  • ij April 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

    “It involves non venomous snakes being poured on your body and left there to slither, supposedly helping you relax while you’re there”

    Relax you say ?

  • chinco April 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I can try the bee venom, but they all seem ridiculous and over the top, not to talk of being expensive, that money can do permanent good in the lives of some people rather than the temporary beauty or youthfulness it gives.

  • Priscy April 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    NONE biko…warris all this???

  • pynk April 3, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Haha, the things women will do. I’ll drink water and stay in the gym. Thanks

  • Vordina April 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I don’t tink i’ll survive d snake massaege, cos d last tym I saw a snake in a compound, I moved out d next day.

  • Mimi luvy April 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Jeeeeez,women…what we do for beauty,lawd help us

  • na wao for some ple oh April 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    tufiakwa…….any which way and for how long sadly we will all end up 6 feet under……my goal na to make heaven biko…..

  • konnie April 3, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    scary….. what happened to cucumber etc

  • April 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I guess I’ll sound like a crazy person, but I tried a snake venom cream, it’s supposed to be for anti-aging, I’m 33 that’s not my concern, but I like the skin re-texturizing promises. So I tried it, I loved it! But could not maintain the lifestyle of using it, but it was worth the try. As a beauty junkie, I’ll try anything (and blog about it, hehehe)

  • Demmy April 3, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Ewww lol so nasty. I can’t do any of this. x

  • Trendiest April 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Whatever happened to aging gracefully n naturally…

  • Joy April 3, 2013 at 6:15 pm


  • mehsee April 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Cnt stand any insect on ma skin not t talk of snakes and bullshit!ewww!!! I lov ma skin d way God has made it n I’m proud of it anywia I go. Shikena!

  • Flo April 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Beauty is indeed enduring! chai!

  • Ghanababes April 3, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    oh my God..snake therapy thatz going too far. hell no. anyone who does this snake therapy has witchcraft abeg jare.

  • why not? April 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Will prefer to know what Genny,Rita Dominic use to reamin ageless..BN thank for converting those shitty money into naira…I’m poor in calculation/convertion

  • taiwo akin April 4, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I cannot even stand injection in hospital, not to talk snake, vampire business
    God bless ur ministry!

  • Cool cat April 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    It is the men who make women go through these extreme measures to remain youthful. One small wrinkle and they trade you for a younger fresher girl. The truth of the matter sha is nobody wants to grow old. My best treatment is sperm, free and highly effective. Tightens the skin to reduce lines, gives a natural glow and smooth as velvet. Oga at the top is very happy too.

  • AMA April 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    you rub cum on ur face???? how disgusting can these facials get? haaaaaa

  • Amaka April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Hilarious @ snake therapy!

  • Ettahbongo April 5, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    cool cat!!!hilarious @sperm comment.does it work? that shit smells!!! yuck! anyways, if u take a deeper look at it, the sperm facial is the same as vampire facial. sperm is blood in another form… anyways, i own a spa and i won’t dare do vampire and snake therapy. KILODE!!! biko, which kain money i dey find abegi.

  • H.A.W April 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    LOL.. it is not that serious.. na wa!!!

  • CHINELLE ADAMS April 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm


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