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  • 5 New Ways to Erase Wrinkles

  • Posted by Stephanie on August 31, 2011 at 10:55AM
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  • I am a firm believer that beauty often means pain. I think that's why I'm fascinated by the more painful beauty developments that have revolutionized the industry. Take Botox, the fast-acting remedy for wrinkles, that's as common as getting your hair cut and colored these days.

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  • As Botox becomes more and more accessible, docs are also learning about many other ingenious uses for this filler. But what's a woman to do if she can't stand needles? Here are a few of the most intriguing products that promise to give the same results as Botox -- no syringe necessary.

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  • Bee Venom Mask

  • Reports from across the pond reveal that Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, slathers on a bee venom-based face mask to preserve her youth. The Heaven by Deborah Mitchell Bee Venom Mask, $88.83, is being hailed as "nature's Botox" and promises to smooth lines and plump up wrinkles after just one 20-minute application. Moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and essential oils help to soften and calm the skin -- but steer clear if you're allergic to bees.

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  • Snake Venom Cream

  • Sonya Dakar Stem Cell Transformer, $195, is made with SYN-AKE, a compound that mimics the protein found in snake venom, which has muscle relaxing properties. Dakar says she created this cream for clients who were tired of the needles and side effects that result from Botox. Not convinced it'll do the same job as the pig toxin? SYN-AKE has won awards for being an effective Botox substitute.

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  • Snail Gel

  • Looking for more skin elasticity? You may want to give De Tuinen Snail Gel, $35.29 a try. According to Holland and Barrett's site, the gel is "sourced from the slime of Chilean snails" and is all the anti-aging rage. Snail slime is composed of a mix of glycolic acid, vitamins, and collagen, which have benefits that range from moisture retention to fine line-smoothing. If you don't care where your snails come from, Korean brand Missha also has a Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, $49.99, which contains 70 percent snail slime. And in case you're wondering, yes, these snails are the same species as a certain French delicacy.

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  • Geisha Facial

  • The porcelain complexion of a Japanese geisha can now be yours through Shizuka Day Spa's $180 facial. Affectionately known in beauty circles as the "bird poop" facial, this treatment uses nightingale droppings that have been treated with a UV light, milled to a fine powder, and mixed with Japanese rice bran to exfoliate and lighten skin. Considering A-listers like the Beckhams and Lady Gaga are fans, it couldn't possibly be that bad to have poop on your face -- right?

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  • Placenta Facial

  • This $500 facial from Lancer Dermatology in Beverly Hills, Calif., contains an "FDA-approved biological protein" derived from human placenta. Why? Because the benefits of smearing placenta on your face include increased collagen and elastin production and increased moisture retention. Dr. Harold Lancer has described this treatment as "a living broth of human-derived, purified tissue."

  • What do you think? Are you brave enough to give these wrinkle remedies a try? Or would you rather stick to these conventional anti-aging products?

  • Member Comments

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    • Wont consider most of these. Seems like some animals would be harmed at the cost of human beauty.

      by Pinky5 Friday, September 28, 2012 at 01:28PM Report as inappropriate

    • Considering that one of your Top 10 reviewers has a sample of one of these... I might try the less costly ones!

      by SensitiveRoszel Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 10:01PM Report as inappropriate

    • Stem cells are “non-specialized” cells that have the potential to form into other types of specific cells, such as blood, muscles or nerves. They are unlike "differentiated" cells which have already become whatever organ or structure they are in the body. Stem cells are present throughout our body, but more abundant in a fetus. Medical researchers and scientists believe that stem cell therapy will, in the near future, advance medicine dramatically and change the course of disease treatment. This is because stem cells have the ability to grow into any kind of cell and, if transplanted into the body, will relocate to the damaged tissue, replacing it. For example, neural cells in the spinal cord, brain, optic nerves, or other parts of the central nervous system that have been injured can be replaced by injected stem cells. Various stem cell therapies are already practiced, a popular one being bone marrow transplants that are used to treat leukemia. In theory and in fact, lifeless cells anywhere in the body, no matter what the cause of the disease or injury, can be replaced with vigorous new cells because of the remarkable plasticity of stem cells. Biomed companies predict that with all of the research activity in stem cell therapy currently being directed toward the technology, a wider range of disease types including cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injury, and even multiple sclerosis will be effectively treated in the future. Recently announced trials are now underway to study both safety and efficacy of autologous stem cell transplantation in MS patients because of promising early results from previous trials. History Research into stem cells grew out of the findings of two Canadian researchers, Dr’s James Till and Ernest McCulloch at the University of Toronto in 1961. They were the first to publish their experimental results into the existence of stem cells in a scientific journal. Till and McCulloch documented the way in which embryonic stem cells differentiate themselves to become mature cell tissue. Their discovery opened the door for others to develop the first medical use of stem cells in bone marrow transplantation for leukemia. Over the next 50 years their early work has led to our current state of medical practice where modern science believes that new treatments for chronic diseases including MS, diabetes, spinal cord injuries and many more disease conditions are just around the corner.

      by leo_voisey Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 09:17PM Report as inappropriate

    • Just thinking about using these products makes my skin crawl! And you might want to rethink your "no pain, no gain" philosophy.

      by Jewelrydesigner Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 09:46AM Report as inappropriate

    • Some of these treatments are disgusting. I can't stand when a bird poops on me and to purposely put bird poop on my face makes me sick. I will stick with my old standbys of lancome and clinique for now on.

      by beautybody Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 10:03PM Report as inappropriate

    • It's funny...I have a deluxe sample of the Sonya Dakar Stem Cell Transformer, and I haven't tried it yet. The idea of snake venom seemed a bit weird, but after reading this blog, I will give it a try! I'll let everyone know!

      by powerwoman033 Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 10:51PM Report as inappropriate

    • I don't think i would try these, lol.

      by shar_r Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 01:27PM Report as inappropriate

    • Wow, it is shocking some of the things that people use on their face.

      by shar_r Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 12:46PM Report as inappropriate

    • Yuck. Not a fan of poo, placenta, snail goo or venom being voluntarily smeared on my face and certainly not for hundreds of dollars. I'll just have faith that my mother's good genes flowed down to me!

      by brewnette Friday, October 31, 2014 at 04:40AM Report as inappropriate

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