Stars are just like us, except maybe when it comes to their penchant for trying out and advocating for every new, wacky beauty routine that would make a lot people on the street cringe. Even I, the lady who is no stranger to weird celebrity beauty tricks and once shaved her legs with peanut butter in the name of journalism, wonder if sometimes celebrities go too far.
That being said, I also know that some of of the beauty hacks that sound the weirdest actually work the best. When someone finds something that works for them, it's worthwhile to stick with it, even if it's pretty unconventional or sounds totally off-putting. I also trust that celebrities, especially actors and models who get their hair regularly coiffed and makeup regularly applied, have a little more insight into the tips and tricks of professionals than I do.
Despite my optimistic attitude, there are certainly some celebrity endorsed beauty tricks that are too over-the-top for me, or just too expensive. What doesn't work for me might be exactly what someone else needs, though, so here are 11 celebrities with some wacky beauty routines that might work for you if you're willing to get over the weird factor and give them a shot.
1. Shailene Woodley's Sunbathing Vagina
From using beet juice as a lip stain to eating clay, Shailene Woodley definitely swears by some of the funkiest, all-natural beauty tricks out there. Perhaps the most illuminating one, however, came when Woodley told Into The Gloss that she sunbathes her vagina to prevent yeast infections. The vitamin D apparently helps make your lady bits feel more energized. So, in Woodley's words, "When the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine."
2. Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facial
A now-iconic moment from Kim And Kourtney Take Miami was when Kim Kardashian got a Vampire Facelift, letting the camera crew film the whole cringeworthy time. This treatment takes blood from a patient's arm, runs it through a centrifuge to get the plasma, and then injects the plasma back into the skin with lots and lots of needles to stimulate collagen production. It also costs $1,500 per treatment, and looks incredibly painful. There's clearly something there, though, because few months later, Bar Rafaeli got the same blood-based treatment and posted an equally shocking selfie.
3. Snooki's Cat Litter Exfoliant
In an interview with Conan O'Brien in 2011, Snooki admitted that she uses (clean) cat litter as an exfoliant. "I definitely like to Google a lot, and I don't like to spend a lot of money on spa treatments," she explained. "So I Googled what else I could use [as an exfoliant], and it was cat litter." Conan was shocked but Snooki stood by it. "I haven't broke out at all, so... I think it works."
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones' Beer Shampoo
Catherine Zeta-Jones washes her hair with beer to make it silky soft, although she did admit to the Daily Mail, "I smell like the bottom of a beer barrel for days afterwards but it's very good for the hair."
5. Suki Waterhouse's Cola Rinse
In an interview with Us Weekly, the British model espoused her love for this American soft drink as a shampoo, explaining, "I don't like my hair when it's washed — it's fine and limp — but Coca-Cola makes it tousled, like I've gone through the Amazon or something."
6. Alessandra Ambrosio's Burned Hair
The Brazilian hair-burning technique velaterapia is one that Alessanda Ambrosio uses to fight split ends. This is not something to be attempted by untrained hands though, because the risk is that your hair gets set on fire.
7. Teri Hatcher's Wine Baths
According to The Black Book of Hollywood Beauty Secrets by Kym Douglas and Cindy Pearlman, Teri Hatcher takes wine baths. She dumps a cup of old red wine into the tub, letting the sediment sink to the bottom and then using it as an exfoliant. It sounds like a waste of perfectly good wine to me, but she might be onto something because there's now a Japanese spa that offers public wine baths.
8. Lisa Rinna's Cinnamon Oil Lips
Lisa Rinna is known for her oversized pout, and although she's had her fair share of surgical help, she has some advice for women who want the look at home. "A fun little trick if you want to plump up your lips, so to speak," she said on The Doctors , "is a little cinnamon. Just put a little on your lips."
9. Cindy Crawford's Milk Spray
ABC's The Doctors seems to be the place if you want to find out celebrities' strange beauty habits, because they did a segment on supermodel Cindy Crawford's beauty secret: Spraying her face with a mix of whole milk and mineral water. The lactic acid in the milk apparently acts as a light exfoliant. You can also take it one step further than Crawford does and bathe in milk, but no results are guaranteed.
10. Halle Berry's Coffee Scrub
Allegedly, Halle Berry throws some coffee grounds into her body wash to help exfoliate. There is some science behind the madness though, because the caffeine in coffee can also help to tighten skin, and coffee grounds are biodegradable while plastic microbeads, a common component of many exfoliating body scrubs, are polluting waterways.
11. Gwyneth Paltrow's Vagina Steaming
When it comes to wacky beauty routines, Paltrow might be the queen. It's been reported that she loves everything from snake venom face cream to vitamin IV drip therapy, but the wackiest might just be vaginal steaming. On her blog Goop, Paltrow advocated for the Mugworth V-Steam at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica writing, "You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al."
In the end, it all comes back to taking care of your vagina. No beauty routine is too wacky for that. Well, except maybe the snake venom thing.
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