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10 WTF beauty rituals

Sonja Holbrook is a regular columnist on http://www.ranker.com who enjoys writing about topics like men and dating.

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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!)

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Portuguese urine gargle

Weird beauty treatments: gargling urineRome

When Marc Antony wooed Cleopatra, when Julius Caesar made a speech, when Ben Hur rode his mighty chariot, they all participated in a sacred ritual that continues today — they gargled.

While that hardly deserves a mention, bear in mind, they weren't swishing Scope or Listerine. To improve the color of their teeth and freshen their breath, Romans imported and swilled Portuguese urine. Apparently, the Portuguese pH was much more divine and manly than mellow Roman yellow.

While obviously unpleasant, urine contains several compounds like ammonia and urea that actually kill germs and help fight the gum disease gingivitis. No price listed.

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