Taking care of your skin is a serious commitment and investment, so much so that each month, women spend an average of $91 on beauty products for the face alone. This commitment also entails having a healthy diet, finding ways to rest and restore your mind, making time for exercise, and having a good skincare routine since doing all of these things can be beneficial for skin health.
As well, for more serious skincare concerns that cannot be remedied by a basic skincare routine alone, it may be a good idea to try modern and unconventional treatments that will help you address them. Here’s a look at some of the best and most unique skincare treatments that will give you healthy and youthful-looking skin.
1. Vampire Facials
You don’t really have to consume blood to get that seemingly never-aging complexion that vampires have. As it turns out, all you need is a bit of your own blood punctured back into your face. This treatment is called vampire facial or PRP microneedling, which is said to revitalize your skin, as well as treat common skin conditions such as dryness, wrinkles, scars and large pores.
While using your own blood may seem gruesome, studies have shown that the plasma in it, which is what is used in PRP microneedling, provides improvements in acne scarring and overall skin quality.
2. Snail Facials
Aside from plasma from your blood, snail slime is another unlikely thing that you’d want to put on your face. However, snail mucin does contain nutrients that are good for your skin. For example, the hyaluronic acid found in snail mucin moisturizes the skin, while glycolic acid stimulates collagen production. These nutrients, in turn, helps in diminishing fine lines and wrinkles, and they give you a more youthful glow.
Popularized by Korean beauty trends, using snail slime actually dates back to the 1980s through Chilean snailbreeders who found that their hands felt very soft after handling snails. Nowadays, there are tons of beauty products in the market that contain snail slime as the primary ingredient, so consider adding a snail essence or moisturizing cream to your skincare routine.
3. Gua Sha Massage
Unlike the previous treatments, the gua shua facial is not an ingredient, but a technique. This is one of the earliest forms of traditional Chinese medicine, and it involves scraping your skin with a massage tool made of smooth jade or rose quartz.
While the idea of scraping your skin might make some people assume that a gua sha facial massage hurts, it is actually a gentle process, and those who are professionally trained to perform them typically consider the client’s comfort levels. Specialists say a gua sha facial massage is an effective way to improve circulation, thus reducing puffiness and inflammation. In turn, this generally results in tighter and healthier looking skin.
The treatments described here might not be for everyone, especially those who are uncomfortable when it comes to blood or slime. However, while skincare should make you feel good, it is sometimes a good idea to go beyond our comfort zones and try new things. Pampering your skin with these unique treatments is a novel experience that can help you look your very best.