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Leeches, worm poop and other bizarre A-list beauty secrets

Hirudotherapy: A beauty treatment using leeches? Man, that sucks.

Hirudotherapy: A beauty treatment using leeches? Man, that sucks.

At this week's Screen Actors Guild awards, A-list celebrities looked stunning, of course. Kerry Washington glowed. Jessica Chastain stunned. Jennifer Lawrence dazzled. And while some celebs may just be genetically blessed, many more will do the strangest things in the name of looking great. Here's what's weird in the world of beauty.

Don't poo-poo this skin-care trick

Victoria Beckham has a net worth of approximately $80 million, but her skin-care secret may be for the birds. Beckham reportedly counts on so-called "geisha facials" to keep her skin glowing. The geisha facial calls upon nightingale excrement from Kyushu, a Japanese island, which is mixed with rice bran and water to create a cleansing mask. Offered at the Shizuka spa in New York as well as Hari's salon in London, Beckham's not the only celebrity who reportedly swears by this treatment. The Huffington Post reports that Tom Cruise is also a Geisha Facial fan, which may help explain why, while marriages may come and go for Cruise, his reputation as one of Hollywood's best-looking leading men continues to fly high.

This detox treatment really sucks

Demi Moore's been bitten by the beauty bug. So much so, in fact, that the actress reportedly jetted off to Austria, where leeches sucked the toxins out of her blood. "These aren't just swamp leeches though — we are talking about highly trained medical leeches," Moore was quoted as saying on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Leech therapy is used for a multitude of purposes, among them detoxifying the blood. In fact, the type of leeches commonly used in leech therapy are called Hirudo medicinalis, hence the official name for this treatment, hirudotherapy. And as strange as all of this may sound, leech therapy is quite legitimate, so much so that in 2004 the Food and Drug Administration gave its approval to market leeches as medical devices.

The anti-wrinkle cream no celeb claims

Dozens of stars are using Wrinkle Butter, an anti-aging cream crafted of earthworm poop, according to its maker, Fresh Beauty Market. And while the company says it can't reveal the names of the product's most ardent A-list users, it will say that the product truly is effective at reversing aging and curing skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Earthworm castings, as famers typically call them, reportedly contain humates, auxins, kinetins and cytokinins that stimulate cell growth. Want a batch of your own anti-aging cream? You may not be able to worm out of shelling out $29.95 for Wrinkle Butter, but you can get it with the click of a mouse at

Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn at @tampabaypretty.

Leeches, worm poop and other bizarre A-list beauty secrets 01/31/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:47pm]
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