Salon Beauty Treatments Tell Cautionary Tale

Unlike most pharmaceutical medications, products used in manicures, hair and nail products aren’t subject to the same level of scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The official stance of the FDA regarding these products is that they are allowed on the market if they’re safe to use as the manufacturer intended.

Of course, there are some major ingredients that are limited or prohibited, such as the limitation of the concentration of formaldehyde in nail cosmetics and the prohibition of bithionol, methylene chloride and chlorofluorocarbon propellants. Similarly, some ingredients are allowed in cosmetics under certain restrictions, such as mercury, sunscreen and hexachlorophene.

Basically, cosmetics and nail products don’t undergo the same rigorous clinical trials as medications do before they hit the open market, and salons don’t need to provide detailed disclosure of products unless they’re for sale.

To avoid any major skin conditions from salon treatments, it’s important that clients seek out licensed practitioners, especially when it comes to the operation of laser machines or the application of chemicals. Seeking out cosmetics made from natural and organic sources is also recommended.


Strange Celebrity Beauty Treatments

If you thought laser hair removal machines and botox injections represented the pinnacle of modern beauty treatments, you’d better think again. Male and female A-list stars have been known to pull out all the stops when it comes to looking good on the red carpet, and some have adopted some truly extreme techniques.

Take, for instance, the bird poop facials (aka the Geisha Facial) that have kept the skin of David and Victoria Beckham and Tom Cruise looking youthful. Or even stranger is the use of placenta, which nourishes the hair and makes for a great anti-ageing treatment for the skin (as used by Victoria Beckham, Katie Holmes and Madonna).

Or perhaps you are more into snake venom that is either injected or applied as cream to get rid of wrinkles; leech treatments that help to detoxify the blood; fish pedicures that involve fish nibbling dead skin off your feet; or even haemorrhoid cream to firm up the skin on your face!