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10 WTF beauty rituals women claim are worth the 'ick' factor

Sonja Holbrook is a regular columnist on who enjoys writing about topics like men and dating.

Bizarre beauty treatments that people actually swear by

For centuries, women have been committing acts of medieval torture on themselves just to look, seem, smell or even just feel more beautiful. Here are the 10 biggest OMG WTF beauty rituals you might not know about... (and if you have tried one of them, tell us all about it because we haven't found anyone brave enough to try them yet!)

4. Pig placenta beauty drink


If you missed Sex Ed 101, placenta is tissue that grows inside of women when they are pregnant. It serves to nourish and protect the fetus and is pushed out after the fetus during what is called the "afterbirth."

It's slimy, slippery, bloody and full of fluids, so who would think to drink such a thing? The desire for youth and beauty can be a strong one, which is why people in Japan are currently lining up to drink ground pig placenta. Like menstrual blood, placentas are full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals – everything that an egg or baby feeds on, pre-Gerber. Personally, I prefer my Centrum 1-A-Day, but for the brave at heart, a 30 mililiter bottle will run you $8.50 or 1,000 yen in Tokyo. Not a bad price, actually.

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