Face-Slimming Roller! The Eye-Slack Haruka! Slim Mouth Piece! All things you can buy in Asia to make yourself look more beautiful … or futuristic torture devices? We asked experts if they work.
What if all it took to get your dream breasts was eating a chocolate cookie every day? Or the secret to getting Cameron Diaz legs and a Kim Kardashian butt was doing house chores in bath slippers? These concepts may seem absurd, but women across Asia have a whole arsenal of obscure beauty products that they claim keep them looking young without surgery.
Before we discarded their bizarre beauty antics as nothing more than the Asian version of our own crazy-weird infomercial products, like the Shake Weight or Booty Pop, we decided to ask a group of beauty, fitness, and medical experts if they thought the methods used by our sisters across the Pacific could hold merit. Scroll down to see the list of strange beauty products used in Asia, and find out if you should swap your favorite facial mask for bird poop or your Botox injections for a pair of goggles.
The Geisha Facial
The hype: Taken from old Kabuki tradition, in which nightingale droppings were used to remove the Geisha’s thick makeup while nourishing their flawless complexion, the Geisha facial uses dried nightingale poop to brighten, lighten, and replenish the skin.
The opinion: “It’s a facial with nightingale poop, and it was really a big thing because they said all the Asian woman had gotten their flawless skin from doing this and they were paying an upwards of $500 for it. But I think the actual idea of using poop from an animal caused it to never really catch on here [in the U.S]. Although it was called the nightingale facial here and they were trying to promote it in a few of the high end spas. I really don’t think it took on because women are brighter than advertisers think, and we just don’t want to put something on our faces that comes from excrement because of the bacteria, acids, or fertilizers that could be in the excrement. I tried it several of times and I don’t think it made that big of a difference. While there was some lightening properties, I didn’t think it was worth it,” said beauty expert Kym Johnson and author of Bliss Happens.
The Slim Mouth Piece
The hype: A spring that is supposd to slim down round cheeks. The product claims that, “Inside spring tension will force your mouth to use muscles to close the device. By this way, your muscles around the mouth is strengthened and tightened.
The opinion: “The smile trainer is funny, I’ve tried it before. It has a spring that is supposed to slim your cheeks. But cheeks don’t get slim from a spring. So if you’re looking for a supermodel’s slim cheeks, they’re probably getting them from eating an apple a day, half of a cucumber and a diet coke. That’s how they get their sunken cheeks, not because of a spring. So I would say that it’s a product you might not even want to try because you might stretch out your mouth muscles which could cause irritation. It’s plastic, so it’s not soft and it could maybe do more harm than good,” said Kym.
The Eye Slack Haruka
The hype: Just lay down, relax, and tighten the skin and bags under your eyes without any incisions or injections. The product is described as, “Just three minutes a day with the Eye Slack Haruka and you should see improvements in the excess or sagging skin around your eyes. Safe and easy to operate, just put the included pads onto the Haruka and then lay it under your eyes. The battery-powered vibrations and gentle heat will then start to improve the condition of your skin, seemingly taking years off you while lessening those tell-tell weary signs of age.”
The opinion: ”This one is just funny, but I don’t think at all that it would work because eye bags are caused by extra fluid or water retention, a deficiency of iron or potassium, or even because you party too hard. None of those reasons can be corrected by vibrations. There are many things YOU CAN do to help with eye bags, like using creams to hydrate the skin, eating the right foods, lowering your sodium intake, getting the proper eight hours of sleep at night, not drinking a lot of coffee, or even surgery. I even advocate in some of my books to put thin slices of raw potato on your eyes because the potassium in the potato draws out the toxins and it also has a cooling effect. It’s very natural, and you’re not putting on any chemicals so it shouldn’t cause any irritation with the eyes. I would recommend something like that to give you a better result than putting something that vibrates on your eyes. Although it’s cute, it’s fun, and a little vibration never hurt anything! But I wouldn’t expect it to actually help with eye bags,” said Kym.
Face Slimming Roller
The hype: By rolling the wheels against your face for 10 minutes each day you are stimulating blood circulation which helps drain excess fluids or fat, smooths facial muscles, and helps get rid of double chins, so overall you have a slimmer looking face.
The opinion: “I actually used this product when I was on The Doctors. I brought it with me, all the doctors used it and it was pretty funny. It’s very difficult to use because there’s three prongs: one’s under your chin and the others are on the side of the face so it feels a little discombobulated. It’s like rubbing your tummy in a circle, and patting your head at the same time. It’s a lot going on. Here’s the thing: I think it does stimulate blood flow and circulation because anything that’s tingling and giving your face a prickly feeling is going to do that. But in terms of draining fluid, I highly doubt that it does any toning or firming unless you’re so consistent with it and do it very firmly. But I am afraid that you could do it too rough and end up breaking some capillaries. A roller isn’t going to firm your face, it can help with circulation though so that’s good,” said Kym.
F Cup Cookies
The hype: A low calorie cookie that contains the herb Pueararia mirifica that is supposed to plump up breasts “by accelerating blood circulation and stimulating the growth of mammary gland,” claims the manufacturer.
The opinion: “HA-LARIOUS! If any woman thinks that she’s going to eat a cookie and it’s going to make her breasts bigger that’s hilarious. This is something that is hereditary. You’re either born with large breasts or you’re not and you can get surgery for them. But eating a cookie that has an herb in it, the only thing it could possibly do is maybe increase some blood flow in the mammary glands for a short period of time. But according to all my research and the studies I’ve been involved in there’s no cookies that can give you big boobs,” said Kym.
The hype: Nose clips are supposed to lift and shape your nose by pinching it into a a new form.
The opinion: “These devices cannot be successful, regardless of the cost, because you are asking a mechanical device to reshape the structures of the nose. It just cannot happen. It can’t reshape the nose anymore than waving a magic wand over it can fix a dent in your car. I doubt that you are risking any permanent damage to your nose, but frankly you are not likely to have any results.”– Robert Kotler, MD
Weight Loss Slippers
The hype: These half-soled slippers are supposed to lengthen and tighten your leg muscles so that you have lean, slender legs and a shapely butt.
The opinion: “I don’t think these are worth your investment. There’s probably no research on it, but I would say nothing can replace good old fashioned cardio and weight training to shape your legs,” said fitness expert Erica Roselius.
The hype: Body wraps with natural herbs, minerals and materials that claim to reduce fat and tighten skin. It’s supposed to strengthen the skin’s elasticity, prevent cellulite and help eliminate toxins.
Positive community experience: “So far I’ve done 2 wraps, and I’ve lost a little over 2 inches from my stomach. I’m really impressed, and my co-workers have even complimented me on how great I look now! I absolutely recommend these wraps.” — Amy Rocks
Negative community experience: “I did 6 wraps on my belly area. No difference at all. I drank tons of water and followed all instructions. I am “regular” so it’s nothing “backed up”. I eat very healthy and also regularly exercise 3 x a week for 1 hour cardio and light weight training for an addition 15 to 20 min each day. The wraps smell and feel good, but that’s about it.” — Suzanne92676
The hype: Double-sided tape gives people the appearance of a double eyelid without surgery for about 24 hours.
The opinion: “Eyelid tape is great. I love it because people come in and they dont know exactly what they’re looking for so it’s good for experimenting. If only for one night, just for fun. I have some patients that will wear it constantly in hopes that it will reshape their crease. It can, but it’s very limited. It can mold but it usually goes back to its old figuration. ” Dr. Chase Lay
Wrinkle Reducing Goggles
The hype: These glasses claim to lift “sagging eyes back up to where they once were,” by pulling up drooping eyes with ridge like edges that massage the skin.
The opinion: “I brought these on to the Ellen Show, and it was really funny. It kind of hurt for a minute, it wasn’t easy wearing them. They did not work for me. It’s a funny idea and fun to put them on, but it really just felt like nubby things around my eyes and they did nothing for my crows feet,” said Kym.
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