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Bird poop and leeches to mayonnaise: 17 bizarre celeb beauty secrets

Bird poop (yes, Victoria Beckham is an offender) and snake venom (Gwyneth Paltrow uses it as a Botox supplement) are just some of the things these people we love have actually used as part of their beauty regimens.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 25, 2015 17:23 IST
Sanya Panwar
Sanya Panwar
Hindustan Times
weird beauty fads,bizarre beauty regimes,celebs

Celebrities are beautiful people, and we love them for taking their beauty routines very seriously. Yes, it takes a lot to look thin, sexy, flawless and 'perfect' around-the-clock.

But sometimes, some famous folks take it a little too far and prettify themselves in very odd ways. Bird poop (yes, Victoria Beckham is an offender) and snake venom (Gwyneth Paltrow uses it as a Botox supplement) are just some of the things these people we love have actually used as part of their beauty regimens.

Curious to find out just how far celebrities go to achieve ultimate perfection? From leech therapy to using butt cream around the eyes to much more, here's a list of weird and bizarre beauty tips and treatments celebrities swear by and why. And when we say weird, we mean it!

1Gwyneth Paltrow uses snake venom as Botox supplement
This is really strange, but according to The Daily Mail, celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and many others use venom as an anti-aging treatment. When a snake bites you, its venom paralyses your muscles. Well, some Swiss scientists realised that venom acts as a Botox-like substance because it literally shocks the wrinkles out of you. So they created a venom synthetic. Even actor Debra Messing uses an eye cream that contains snake venom to iron out her wrinkles. The poison in it is said to relax the muscles around the face and eyes, a bit like a lighter form of Botox.

2 Mayonnaise: The tasty food product Blake Lively puts on her hair
Fact: Blake Lively has amazing hair. But the way she gets it looking like that is kind of unconventional (read, very). Speaking to the website Byrdie, Blake revealed she puts a tasty food product on her hair: "My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn't strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out, making it brittle."

3 Victoria Beckham loves a good bird poop facial
Bird poo? No, seriously! The Daily Mail reports that the former pop star's glossy skin is all about bird poop and smearing it on her face. Also known as the Geisha facial, it is an ancient Japanese beauty practice that uses nightingale droppings to form a cleansing paste. Sounds gross, but it works. What's more, celebrities (including Posh's hubby David Beckham) are all about it today as it leaves the skin super shiny and smooth.

4 Lady Gaga uses tape as a make-up remover
Lady Gaga's beauty regimen is as 'weird' and 'bizarre' as her dress sense. Want to know how Gaga manages to get the layers and layers of make-up she piles on for shows and appearances off of her face? Is it a team of little monsters with magical make-up remover? Not really. The Poker Face singer has a preferred method of make-up removal. Her big secret is tape, as reported by The Daily Mail. Sellotape to be exact. Stick it on, rip it off and and hope you still have some eyebrows left by the end of it. Definitely not for us!

5 Katie Holmes puts placenta cream on her face
What is the deal with celebrities and placentas? First there was that whole are-they-eating-them-or-not thing and now apparently Katie Holmes (along with Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria) is said to be a fan of expensive skin creams containing placenta, according to Daily Makeover. It is supposed to boost collagen production and moisture levels. Now, baby soft skin is one thing, but using placenta to achieve it is quite another.

6Leeches do it for Demi Moore's youthful skin
Demi Moore's detox routine doesn't involve juice, lemons or maple syrup. The always entertaining actor flies all the way to Austria to use "highly trained medical leeches" that suck the toxins out of her blood. "These are not just some low level scavengers; we're talking high level blood suckers," she told David Letterman on his show, back in 2008. The leeches' purpose is to get toxins out of the blood and remove bruising and under eye circles giving one an externally youthful look. The witch from Snow White is looking less crazy right now. Think we'll stick to the herbal teas, thanks.

7 Sandra Bullock uses 'butt cream' around the eyes
Okay, we're just going to launch straight into this one. Sandra Bullock uses haemorrhoid (a swollen vein or group of veins in the region of the anus?) cream under her eyes to reduce puffiness. "I didn't realise that putting haemorrhoid ointment on your face is acceptable in the beauty business. But apparently, butt cream helps lines around the eyes!" she said in an interview to Daily Mail. We're not sure about this one either. What we know for sure is that the skin around the eyes is extremely delicate and that haemorrhoid cream is quite strong. So, why not use a cream or gel specifically designed for under eye use instead. So much safer (and less gross).

8 It's toothpaste as a pimple remover for Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt's beauty regime is cheaper than you might think. The singer-actor smears toothpaste on her face to dry out spots and reduce blemishes, reports We like this one: With it you will have clearer skin and your face will smell winter green fresh! And you thought toothpaste was just for brushing your teeth?

9 Halle Berry mixes coffee grounds with body wash to beat cellulite
Halle Berry's anti-cellulite treatment doesn't come in a fancy tube or tub, but in a sealed foil bag. The former beauty queen adds ground coffee to her body wash, in the understanding that the caffeine and mild exfoliation helps to increase blood flow and smooth the skin. reported that the Oscar winner mixes the grounds in with her body wash to help smooth her skin and accelerate blood flow. Whatever she does, it is working. Now, we would take any tip from the ridiculously hot Halle Berry, but coffee grounds? Uh-oh.

10 Caviar: Angelina Jolie's surprising stretch marks solution
Wonder what's Angelina's secret to looking so fit and healthy after all those kids? What has she done to erase pregnancy stretch marks? Well, the answer is caviar. The actor-director used expensive Baerli sturgeon (caviar) to reduce the appearance of stretch marks after she gave birth to her twins. The fish eggs are said to be rich in oil and therefore are a powerful moisturiser.

11 Jessica Simpson's fishy secret : Fish pedicure
We are all for pedicure. But fish pedicure? May be not. But some famous people (we're looking at you, Jessica Simpson) are taking spa to a whole new, weird, and extreme level. Celebs like Simpson (and Kim Kardashain, of course) have been caught on camera trying out the latest bizarre beauty craze. Imagine dangling yout feet in a pool of water while a vat of squirming, skin-nibbling, toothless tiny fish nibbled dead skin from your toes. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

12 Nicole Kidman pours cranberry juice over her hair
Nicole Kidman is famed for her radiant red locks, but she has a clever, inexpensive beauty trick up her sleeve to maintain them. The actor pours a cup of cranberry juice over her hair after shampooing to boost shine and enhance the colour by sealing the cuticle. Works very similarly to lemon juice on blonde hair and cider vinegar on coloured hair. Try it and see!

13 Just what does Scarlett Johansson do for that glow? Use cider vinegar on her face
As the face of Dolce & Gabbana, Scarlett Johansson must pay big bucks to keep her mug flawless. Or so we assumed.? But if you've ever wondered how Scar-Jo keeps her skin so clear and glowing, you might be surprised: The actor has revealed that she cleanses her face with cider vinegar. She said in an Elle UK 2013 interview, "I researched natural skincare and found that apple cider vinegar is really effective. Using it as a toner can be harsh, but if you have breakouts it can be really healing."

14 Julia Roberts uses olive oil to soften her skin
Olive oil on salads? Yes. Olive oil as a hand soak? Julia Roberts thinks so. The actor has one of the most recognizable (and beautiful) faces in the world, but what she does to prettify her hands is rather interesting. She uses olive oil to soften her skin and improve the condition of her cuticles and nails. Take a tip from the Pretty Woman actor and try it for yourself. The oil's natural nourishing and moisturising properties are good for dry skin, hair and nails, so we're hoping you'll see good results.

15 Jennifer Lopez sniffs grapefruit oil to reduce cravings
Now, JLo is known for her slender frame and legendary curves, but the proud mother of seven-year-old twins has an unusual method of curbing her appetite. The singer-dancer-actor sniffs grapefruit oil for 15 minutes to reduce cravings and stop her reaching for the donuts.

16 Oil Pulling: Shailene Woodley's secret to fresh breath, healthy gums
The latest beauty craze to sweep Hollywood is Oil Pulling. Never heard of it before? Well, nor had we until the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley started waxing lyrical about the benefits of this ancient Ayurvedic technique for oral health. But for the unitiated, let us give you a quick recap of this ancient technique. Said to help improve gum health, whiten teeth and generally draw toxins from the body - Oil Pulling is the process of swilling about a teaspoon of coconut oil around the mouth for 20 - yes TWENTY - minutes before spitting it all out into a bin - not the sink. You'll block it. Tried it? Tell us about your experience!

17 Lily Allen uses hypnotherapy to lose weight
No fad dieting for British singer Lily Allen! She put her weight loss down to hypnotherapy sessions, during which she used a therapist to program her brain to reject cravings and stunt her appetite.

While some of these beauty routines we'd love to emulate, there are others (most of these, actually) that we'd prefer to shy away from. What about you?

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First Published: Mar 25, 2015 11:52 IST