Hot new beauty trend: Huǒ liáo or ‘fire treatments’New Chinese beauty treatment sets you on fire. No, really.
Looking to give your dry winter skin a boost, soften a few wrinkles or say goodbye to your saddlebags? You may want to consider the latest Chinese spa treatment, Huǒ liáo or “fire treatment.” Yep, you read that correctly.
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News of this bizarre beauty ritual surfaced after a photo of a woman with her face ablaze was posted to the Chinese message board tt.mop, reports The Frisky.
The photo is captioned: “My mom went to get her face done at the beauty salon so I went with her. What I saw… instantly shocked me… I couldn’t look."
So what is Huǒ liáo?
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Allegedly, this ritual is a widely practiced form of alternative therapy. It involves soaking a towel in alcohol and a “secret elixir” and placing it on a “problem area” such as the face, legs, back and neck. Next, the esthetician sets the towel on fire for several seconds before extinguishing it with another cloth. Doesn’t sound the least bit stressful, right?
Proponents claim this dangerous treatment works beauty superpowers on ailments like dull skin, the common cold and obesity. Never mind the very real possibilities of hair catching on fire and hyperpigmentation.
"If you're asking whether I would try this myself, the answer is no," Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Real Cause, Real Cure told Shine. "While alcohol will help carry whatever is in the elixir into the body, it's not really necessary to light it on fire. However, one explanation is that extreme heat triggers an adrenaline response which can shift your body's chemistry, improving some symptoms like indigestion and slow metabolism."
Watch the bizarre treatment performed here.
Would you consider having Huǒ liáo?
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