Many women are usually looking for the next best thing in skin care, make-up, clothes, shoes and anything else that has to do with their image.
The industries that spawn products and services that speak to beauty, have become practically obsessed with hiring celebrities to endorse their products. With some of us seeing these celebrities with seemingly perfect hair, skin, teeth (once they're not veneers), we want what they have and want to know their secrets. Admit it, you do!
Every woman has some flaw that they secretly wish would just vanish. I swear, if you told some women that eating a soursop-flavoured lolly every day, three times a day would result in flawless skin like that of a Greek goddess, I'm certain they would try it. Now, they may not be eternally committed but they would try it for at least a few months.
Well, there are some female celebrities who shared their beauty secrets over the years. Maybe some of you will learn a trick or two…while some stomachs might churn, sick at the thought of trying what they do.i
Actress Halle Berry, who will be 46 years old in August, allegedly mixes coffee grinds/powder with her body wash to keep her buttocks and legs looking smooth and firm. Apparently, the coffee helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. One expert says that theoretically this could work since caffeine from coffee grounds acts as a stimulant and a diuretic agent and helps increase blood flow.
Cindy Crawford, former supermodel, uses a homemade moisturising mixture of mineral water and whole milk to 'spritz' on her face to keep her skin super moist during the day. You may note that the special property of milk protein has unique characteristics to soothe, hydrate and calm.
After you read this next one, when you go to the pharmacy, I bet you won't feel ashamed asking for this product! Sandra Bullock of Miss Congeniality fame, uses haemorrhoid cream to combat under-eye puffiness and wrinkles!
Those creams have an active ingredient that actually temporarily tightens the skin around the area where the cream is applied. Since the effects are temporary, experts suggest that continual use would bring more lasting effects.
Another actress and one of Beyonce's close friends, Gwyneth Paltrow, did something called 'cupping', which is an ancient Asian practice that assists with stimulating circulation. Glass cups are placed against the skin, then are lit with a flame.
This creates a powerful suction but it leaves a series of circular welts along the spine…so anyone doing this might want to refrain from wearing a low-cut top or dress after the treatment. Something Paltrow did not consider since she graced the red carpet after using it sending the paparazzi into a frenzy.
Singer Madonna, and Desperate Housewives actress, Eva Longoria, use a placental cream as part of their facial regime. Some reports say that the cream is not made from the actual placenta. Instead the $90.00 cream contains nutrients that mimic those found in human placenta.
However, Jennifer Lopez gets the real deal. The singer reportedly gets a facial containing proteins from human placenta twice a week.
There is a product by the name of EMK Placental which has real human placenta in the skin care cream. It is supposed to have natural antioxidants, proteins and amino acids that encourage skin tissue growth and repair. Who would have thought!
Demi Moore has admitted to
travelling to Austria to let leeches "detoxify" her! Soon to turn the 'big 5-0'
in November, she revealed her 'secret' on the David Letterman Show. While in Austria, she underwent a blood-sucking session from 'highly trained medical leeches'. The treatment involved a full-body shave followed by a relaxing soak in a bath full of turpentine. After that, the leeches were applied to the skin and allowed to 'work'. Said Demi, "It detoxifies your blood."
Catherine Zeta-Jones, probably has the 'least insane' regimen out of this lot. She actually uses fresh strawberries as part of her dental care. She is adamant of the power of its teeth whitening capabilities. She advises that you puree or mash three to six strawberries, then clean your teeth as usual with your favourite toothpaste and follow with flossing. Then swab the berry mixture on your teeth with cotton and leave for five to ten minutes. Finally, rinse it off with cool water. Voila! We do have strawberries here in Trinidad (at the supermarket!) so you are more than welcome to try this one.
She also uses a combination of honey and beer to condition her hair. Any takers for this one? At this point, forget about using toothpaste on your pimples or using adhesive tape to remove stubborn glitter make-up over your eyes! Let's get radical!