21 Of The Craziest Celebrity Beauty Treatments

From vampire facials and red wine baths to purposely being stung by bees and bitten by leeches—these are some of the craziest beauty treatments Hollywood’s A-listers swear by.


While we struggle to keep up with the latest and greatest beauty treatments, procedures and products that are constantly being released and promised to give us that Hollywood glow, some of your favourite celebrities are taking somewhat peculiar approaches to beauty and resorting to both strange and almost comical treatments that are nothing short of extreme. From eating clay and bathing in red wine, to purposely being stung by bees and rinsing your hair in soda—these are just some of the left-of-centre beauty treatments that, let’s face it, you probably shouldn’t try at home.  


The likes of Victoria’s Secret models Lais Ribeiro and Alessandra Ambrosio resort to Velaterapia, also known as candle therapy, in an effort to rid their hair of split ends. The time-consuming Brazilian technique literally burns away split ends and fly-aways with the use of a naked flame.



Beyoncé’s make-up artist Sir John revealed on beauty podcast Fat Mascara that after experimenting with sunscreen and attempting to use it to highlight a face as a dare, her found it really worked and he now “does it all the time.” Joan Smalls also admitted she uses the sun protectant as a contour, telling US Weekly that “it makes the skin lighter because you’re not tanning as much there.”


Actress Shailene Woodley eats clay in an effort to cleanse her body, admitting on David Letterman’s late night television show that she eats a teaspoon as it “binds to other materials in your body and helps your body excrete those materials that aren’t necessarily the best for you.”



When Nicole Kidman was a redhead, she reportedly masked her hair in cranberry juice after shampooing with the aim of sealing hair cuticles and boosting her mane’s colour and shine.

washing your hair with  coca-cola

Model Suki Waterhouse revealed she rinses her hair with Coca-Cola as she doesn’t like the fact that her hair is left flat and limp following a normal shampoo and condition. “Coca-Cola makes it tousled, like I’ve gone through the Amazon or something,” she told Us Weekly


bee sting therapy

Gwyneth Paltrow’s beauty habits can generally be considered quite left of centre, however it’s the bee sting therapy that she underwent with the aim of combating inflammation and scarring that really caught our attention. “I’m open to anything,” the actress told the New York Times of her beauty routine. “I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful. I haven’t done cryotherapy yet, but I do want to try that.”

oil pulling

Paltrow also resorts to an old school dental practice coined oil pulling that involves moving a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth for 10 to 20 minutes. The technique, which must be done on an empty stomach, is said to help improve oral health and remove toxins. 

apple cidar vinegar face cleanser

According to Scarlett Johansson, apple cider vinegar also doubles as a facial cleanser. The actress revealed in an interview that she discovered the beauty secret while researching natural skincare, “It’s a nice way to treat your skin if you don’t want to use all those harsh chemicals that a dermatologist would recommend.


The vampire facial, received by the likes of Kim Kardashian in a 2013 episode ofKourtney and Kim Take Miami, is also known as a blood facial which involves drawing blood from your arm, spinning it to extract platelet-rich plasma and then applying it topically or, using a needle, injecting it into your face.



Catherine Zeta Jones, the woman with one of the most enviable manes on the planet, has revealed to The Daily Mail that she uses a mixture of honey and beer to condition her hair. “I smell like the bottom of a beer barrel for days afterwards,” she added, “but it’s very good for the hair.

brushing  teeth with strawberries

Catherine Zeta jones has also confirmed that her secret to achieving the perfect set of pearly whites is brushing your teeth with strawberries instead of toothpaste. “I brush my teeth with strawberries because I was told they’re a natural teeth whitener and it really works,” she revealed. “They taste better than most toothpastes, too.”.



Demi Moore revealed in 2008 that she took to Austria for a cleanse complete with blood-sucking leeches. “It detoxifies your blood and they have a little enzyme that when they’re biting down on you, gets released into your blood and generally you bleed for quite a bit,” Moore told David Letterman on his late night television show of the medically-trained leeches. “And your health is optimised. It detoxified the blood and I’m feeling detoxified right now.”


milk facial Spray

Milk facial spray It’s rumoured that supermodel Cindy Crawford sprays milk on her face—as you would with say, a rose-water facial mist—in an effort to keep her skin hydrated, crediting the dairy product’s high calcium and protein rich make-up with softer, healthier-looking skin.

japanese geisha facial

Victoria Beckham is said to be a fan of the traditional Japanese geisha facial, one that is widely-known to be made up of bird excrement. The nightingale droppings used are reportedly sanitised via ultraviolet light and transformed into a powder that is used to boost the skin—brightening, healing and restoring its natural glow.



Sandra Bullock has previously admitted to using haemorrhoid cream to rid herself of unwanted eye bags and reduce puffiness. “I didn’t realise that putting haemorrhoid ointment on your face is acceptable in the beauty business,” says Bullock of the peculiar practice. “But apparently, butt cream helps lines around the eyes!”



According to the Daily Mail, Jennifer Lopez is known to sniff grapefruit oil before sitting down for a meal in an effort to suppress her appetite, as it reportedly affects liver enzymes and encourages weightless.



Take a leaf out of the Desperate Housewives star’s book and indulge in a little TLC with the help of a glass or two of red wine. The actress has revealed that she adds a cup of old red wine to her bath and uses the sediments that sink to the bottom as an exfoliator. “The only bad thing is you can’t drink the whole bottle of wine,” she added in Kym Douglas’s The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets.



Rashida Jones told Refinery29 that while she doesn’t know if it actually works or not, she does take part in the practice of face yoga—which involves contorting and stretching your facial muscles. “I can’t tell if it really makes a difference, but it feels like it wears out my muscles and I’m doing something important,” she confessed. “I don’t know, I think I like it. But I definitely can’t do it in public. It looks really stupid.”


Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk has spoken out about her love of baths, adding that she enjoys taking them a total of three times a day—yes, three. “I’m Russian so there has to be candles, Russian TV, food and lots of bubbles,” she told Hello! magazine. “Nothing can be worse when you travel and work all day than sitting in a small, uncomfortable bath. That’s not me.”


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Which Colour Concealer Covers Up Bruising From Filler Injections

Bruising is very common after filler treatments, studies state that it occurs in roughly 70% of patients having filler procedures.
The most common side effects from filler are swelling and bruising, even though all precautions are taken to prevent bruising, some patients will bruise more, and some less. There is no reliable method for checking if you will be a bruise but the odds are that you will have bruising after treatment.

The areas where the skin shows the most visible signs of ageing are also the most likely to bruise after filler injections, namely around the upper lip, under the eyes, and in the tear troughs.


If you’re getting injectable treatments to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines and to enhance the chin, take note that these areas are prone to bruising.


How To Treat Bruising


Arnica cream (topical) from the chemist can help with both swelling and bruising.  I always recommend my clients ice for the first 72 hours post injection then start applying a warm moist compress to bring blood flow to the area.  This will help reduce the bruising, but keep in mind it can take up to 2 weeks for final healed results. 

If you have any increased pain or or swelling to the area, please be sure to contact your injector.  

You will need to be creative with make-up application based on the colour theory and principles.

The choice of the concealer’s colour depends on the colour of the bruise – the initial red bruise can be concealed with green colour, purple-blue bruises will require yellow tinted concealer and resolving yellow bruise will respond well to concealer with light purple or lavender tint.


Medications That May Increase Bruising: Aspirin, Aleve, Ibuprofen (Advil), Naproxen, other non steroidal anti-inflammatories. Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginko, Garlic, Ginseng, Green Tea, Kava St. John’s Wort, Celery Root, Black Cohash, Flax Seed Clopidogrel (Plavix), Dipyridamole (Persantine) Warfarin (Coumadin), Heparin, Steroids (Prednisone and others)
Do Not Stop Prescription Medications Without First Consulting Your Doctor.

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Lip Injections Do’s and Dont’s

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Lip Fillers

Even though she lives in a California mansion, the far-reaching powers of Kylie Jenner have reached all the way to Wilston Australia.


Thanks to the influence of this media-savvy teenager, lip injection treatments are more popular than ever. Kylie has made it extremely popular for patients of all ages, with all shapes and sizes of lips, to crave lip enhancements. You may be able to tell from Kylie’s dramatic change, lip injections, when done properly are a very safe treatment and can be performed on anyone over the age of 21 (not sure how Kylie worked her way around that stipulation but I guess she knows people?)


Enhancements can range from extremely subtle, to extremely extreme.


If YOU are considering lip fillers here are some guidelines to make sure that you have the best experience possible.
Read on for the best way to prepare for the “before” and “after” of your treatment. 

Lip Injection Do’s

Before treatments DO let your injector know if you have previously suffered from facial cold sores. (We can prescribe a medication to minimize a reoccurrence).

have ideas of what you want, like a haircut if you can bring in pictures of what you are looking to achieve, it will be very helpful to your injector.

be realistic with your expectations. For changes as big as Kylie’s, injections were likely spaced apart by a month or so and it was a gradual process. Such a drastic pump-up should not occur with one treatment.

Even though dermal-fillers used for lip injections have a numbing agent mixed in with an area as sensitive as the lips you are likely still going to feel some of the injections, ice afterwards!
If you ice immediately after the treatment, it will help minimize any bruising. If you ice later on in the day, it will still help tremendously with swelling.

expect swelling and bruising. This is normal.

wait about a week to get a good idea of what your results will look like, and then please DO ENJOY!

Lip Injection Dont’s

Before treatment, DON’T use aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) St John’s Wort or high doses of vitamin E supplements. Any medication or supplement that causes blood-thinning may increase your risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.


DON’T have treatment right before a big event as t is likely that your lips will swell. Best practice is a week or two before you need to look your best.


DON’T be scared if despite doing all the right things your lips are still swollen and bruised. Your lips are an extremely vascular delicate area.


DON’T expect your lip enhancements to last forever. On average, lip results should likely remain in place for about 9 to 18 months.

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The Fastest Way To Clear Skin

What’s the fastest way to clear skin… Medical Skin Peels? Chemical Peels? Or, Enzyme Peels?

What is the fastest way to clear the congestion of you skin? Medical Skin Peels are a non-invasive treatment that can be used to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin. Skin peels work by exfoliating the dead skin away and stimulating natural collagen production to diminish the appearance of pigmentation and congestion. There are many variations of peels that will benefit your skin. Clients of Harbour Medispa can choose between our chemical or enzyme peels which are clinically tested to produce beautiful results on skin. The intensity of chemical peels will change depending on your skin type. A professional will be advise you what is best for your skin. There is minimal downtime associated with chemical skin peels and there is also minimal discomfort experienced during the procedure.
If you would like to find out more about chemical peels contact Harbour Medispa Hamilton to arrange an appointment.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Peels

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Chemical peels have been around for a long time for good reason—they work. See how a pro peel could heal your skin woes, from acne scars and uneven skin tone to melasma and fine lines and wrinkles.

chemical peels are tried & true

Everything old is new again, and chemical peels are experiencing a rebirth of sorts as growing numbers of cosmetic doctors turn to these oldies but goodies to address a wide range of skin concerns and conditions.
In 2018, there were 603,305 chemical peels performed, up nearly 25 percent from 2017, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports. And according to statistics released by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) this month, more than half of facial plastic surgeons polled say that chemical peels are in high demand. 
“What’s great about chemical peels is that they’re low tech and not intimidating when compared to lasers, and they address the same problems—skin discoloration, texture, and wrinkles”.
So just how far back do they go? “
Women have been using peels for over 2,000 years! Cleopatra soaked in milk baths to smooth her skin.The active ingredient in milk is lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA) and these acids (along with beta-hydroxy acids or BHAs) are still among the most commonly used types in modern peels.


“These days, the term ‘chemical peel’ applies to so many different formulations ranging from weaker glycolic peels that can be done at home to the strongest Phenol peels that often require sedation or general anesthesia,” says chemical peel enthusiast Mark H. Schwartz, MD, a New York City plastic surgeon.


These workhorses can correct acne, age spots, discoloration, tone, fine lines (especially under the eyes and around the mouth), freckles, melasma, sun damage, and more, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).


“Some peels produce changes that are relatively light and freshen the skin through exfoliation,” says Fred G. Fedok, MD, a facial plastic surgeon in Foley, Alabama, and the President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

“Moderately deep peels will help various kind of pigmentation issues.

The deeper peels are effective at correcting wrinkles.” Peels tend to cost less than laser skin resurfacing, averaging anywhere from $100 to $400 per treatment based on practice location and the depth of the peel.

mild  peels

A series of mild chemical peels—on the face, neck, and/or chest—every few weeks is great for busy people, because they get significant results with minimal downtime.

The weaker peels are the AHA peels or fruit acid peels, most commonly Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, and Lactic Acid, and can help improve acne scars, skin tone and texture, diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the effects of sun damage.


After a thorough cleansing of the face, the peel is applied with either a brush, a pad, or a cotton swab. “You may feel a slight tingling that lasts for the duration of the peel,” Dr. Schwartz says. “With the weaker AHA peels, there is a very short-term pinkish or ruddy glow to the skin,” he says. The before-and-after difference is pronounced. “You will look brighter right away with gradual improvement in fine lines, texture, and pigmentation.” A series of mild or superficial peels is often needed for optimal results. Aftercare matters too. Apply lotion or cream until the skin heals, and use sunscreen daily.


It’s OK to wear makeup immediately.


medium-strength  peels

What makes peels a medium strength is the percentage of active ingredients.


Medium-strength peels use some of the same acids in mild peels, just at a much higher level. For example, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels when used at more than 25 percent are medium strength, but anything lower would be considered superficial or mild. Examples include ZO Medical 3-Step Stimulation Peel and the Obagi Blue Peel. Here’s what you can expect: Since these peels are deeper, your skin will be red and swollen after application, and blisters may form and break open. Your skin crusts and peels off in one to two weeks, according to the AAD. Other aftercare instructions include applying a lotion or cream to the treated area and avoiding the sun until healing is complete. Makeup is OK after about one week. “It is usually one and done for a while because there is downtime with these medium-strength peels,” says Dr. Ditre. Look to a medium-depth peels—such as the 35 percent TCA and Jessner solution—to remedy hyperpigmentation and moderate wrinkles, according to Dr. Fedok. You may also be a candidate if you have heavy sun damage, leathery skin, and coarse wrinkles that are visible even at rest, Dr. Ditre adds. Medium-strength chemical peels may also help correct acne scars.


Phenol peels are the strongest chemical peels out there, and they target deep wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven tone. “They are helpful in treating vertical lines around the mouth, the so-called smokers lines,” Dr. Schwartz says, and they work best on lighter skin, since there is less of a risk of hypopigmentation or bleaching.”


Phenol peels are ordinarily used on the face only, since the skin of the neck and hands tends to be thinner and more delicate. Here’s what you can expect: Given the strength of these peels, anesthesia may be required. There is some real downtime with phenol peels. “Crusting and post-procedure redness occur across the board and can last for weeks,” Dr. Schwartz says. The trade off is dramatic and long-term results. “These deep peels will do things that a face lift will not—improve the quality of environmentally damaged skin,” he says. Phenol based peels can be used for more severe skin changes and wrinkles, but as Dr. Ditre notes, these deep peels have fallen out of favor given the availability of lasers as well as phenol’s possible link to heart issues.

If you would like to find out more about chemical peels contact Harbour Medispa Wilston to arrange an appointment. 

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