There a lot of crazy facial treatments out there; let’s talk about a couple of ’em.
Maybe you have gone to the spa to have someone rub your face for awhile so you can relax a little and your face can look tight and smooth for forty-five minutes. Maybe you have dreamed of a facial treatment that would work a little longer. Let me ask you this: Would you be willing to set your face on fire so that you can look younger and have smooth, tight, plump skin? If it’s something that appeals to you, check out a fire facial spa treatment.
That’s right; a fire facial spa treatment. Wow. Wait until you read this.
The Fire Facial Spa Treatment
China has a facial treatment that has really taken the country by storm, and is now beginning to be administered in the United States. The U.S. seems to be a little reluctant to jump on the band wagon. I don’t know why. Who wouldn’t want to set their face on fire to get rid of wrinkles?
The treatment is called Huǒ liáo and it is great for a lot of areas on the body, especially your face. Here’s how it goes:
First, an alcohol-soaked towel and a special “elixir” is put on your face. Then your face is lit on fire – but only for a few seconds. (Oh, then that’s cool. I thought it was going to stay lit.) Then there is another cloth put on your face to extinguish it. (Boy, you had better trust the person doing this. What kind of cloth will they use? Will they go grab a drink of water or go to the bathroom while your face is on fire?)
The fire stimulates collagen and gets rid of dull, wrinkled skin. It is also available for the body and is said to help obesity, tone the stomach, and make your thighs slimmer. I say go to the gym or take a walk, but that’s just me.
Oh, I almost forgot: There is a milder version of this beauty treatment that you can do at home. (Me do one of these to myself? I would be the one responsible for lighting my face on fire and then putting it out? How does that make it milder? The stress alone would probably make my face go up in flames. Yeah, right. Light my face on fire at home. There are no words.)
I can’t find how much it costs, but I do know that they supply the matches.
The Slapping Facial Treatment.
Now here’s a facial that I could get into as long as I were the administrator.
This is the humorous-sounding-but-it-supposedly-works-well-and-sure-costs-enough facial spa treatment in the list.
With this Thai facial, face-slapping is used as a “traditional” technique that will tighten your skin and erase wrinkles on your face. Pretty cool. Could you see yourself getting mad at a friend, walking up to her, slapping her face and saying,”There! I just made your face nice and smooth!” The reaction you would get from her would be priceless, which in itself is a good thing because she didn’t even have to spend money on the treatment. I digress.
Face-slapping beauty therapist Rassameesaitarn (“Tata”) Wongsirodkulis is the first and only face-slapping beauty therapist “in the western hemisphere”; her salon is located in San Francisco.
Tata is completely into this technique; when you enter her salon, she shows you before and after pics of people who have benefited from having their face slapped. Ten minutes of face-slapping (not all at once; you do have a break after three or four hard slams) should help un-sag any sagginess in your face, along with tightening it, as well.
She says that the U.S. is a country that has a lot of money for beauty treatments, thus – after studying the ancient Thai art of face slapping – she relocated to the United States.
Tata charges $350.00 for (it looks like) ten to fifteen minute sessions, and the treatments are being very well-received. She says if business keeps up like this, she will return to Thailand to study the the ancient art of – I am not kidding – Thai butt punching.
I am going to end this article right now because I need a break. I mean, really. Thai butt punching? My stomach hurts.
This article is the first of a four-part series that will enlighten you as to the types of disgusting facials, outrageously expensive spa facial treatments, and ground-breaking technology that use ingredients for moisturizers that will make you gag (Oprah swears by one of them); watch for the next in the series.
Until then, try not to catch your face on fire.
Lori Cline, Phoenix Beauty Examiner