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The scariest beauty treatments in the world – and what to choose instead!

Throughout history, people have invented some fairly horrifying beauty solutions, it’s Halloween tomorrow, what better time to share them with you?

The ‘eaten alive’ pedicure

You’re probably familiar with this one, in fact, you may have even had one at some point! This popular novelty beauty treatment involves putting your feet into a tub of water, where tiny fish eat away at your dead skin, leaving you with baby soft heels and toes. It might be effective, but still, fish eating your skin? Sounds like a horror story to us. Try a Microdermabrasion Pedicure instead for a more effective, hygienic and far less weird way to get smooth feet!

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Poisonous hair removal

It’s true, we’ll stop at nothing to achieve silky smooth skin, but compared to the women of the 16th century, we definitely have it easy. Recently historians have discovered that women would use a paste made from arsenic and lime to dissolve hair from all over the body. Shudder. If you’re just as determined to eliminate body hair as these women, we suggest investing in permanent hair reduction, such as our fast, painless and completely horror-free IPL treatments! 

The vampire facial

You’ve probably heard of this outrageous facial from social media. Its real name is the ‘Plasma Rich Platelet Facial’ and it definitely isn’t for the faint of heart. The dermatologist draws a vial of your blood prior to beginning the facial and then extracts the plasma from it. After exfoliating, they use a microneedling technique to inject the plasma into your skin. The idea is that it will leave your skin firm and younger looking thanks to the regenerative effect of the plasma combined with the microneedling. But there has to be a less horrifying way, surely? (Spoiler alert, there is! Keep reading to find out…)

Bee venom beauty

Also known as Apitherapy, this is a form of acupuncture that involves being stung by live bees, and it truly sounds like something out of a horror film to us! Bee venom contains substances that are thought to have powerful scar-healing and anti-inflammatory qualities, but make no mistake, this is an incredibly dangerous beauty treatment. The risk of an allergic reaction is high, and can get even higher the more treatments you have. Avoid this terrifying treatment at all costs – there are safe, pain-free and far more effective ways to get rid of scars and skin issues!

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Radio Frequency – the beauty saviour

No horror story is complete without a valiant hero to save the day – and in this world of weird, creepy and downright dangerous beauty treatments, we at SkinBase have the treatment you need to get great results without crossing over into horror movie territory. Radio Frequency can radically transform sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, scars, cellulite and stretch marks. This technologically advanced treatment works with your body, rather than injecting it with strange or dangerous substances. 

So how does it work? 

Radio Frequency works by using a specialized device to heat the skin to 40°C – a completely safe temperature but one that tricks the body into thinking there may have been damage to the skin. In response, the body’s healing mechanisms kick in, flooding the area with plumping and firming substances called collagen and hyaluronic acid. These substances are responsible for giving the skin structure and plumpness, as well as healing the skin when it’s injured. By stimulating the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid, Radio Frequency helps to undo the effects of ageing, and reduce the visibility of scars, stretch marks and cellulite

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