• There are plenty of weird beauty products out there, but we reject most of them on the grounds that they don't actually work. These five unusual treatments, on the other hand, are grounded in science and do exactly as they claim, for better or for worse.

    Placenta Hair Mask
    Perhaps the most ubiquitous of bizarre beauty treatments, you can find a sachet of Hask Henna 'n' Placenta Conditiong Treatment ($0.98, walmart.com) for under $2 at just about any drugstore in America. The nutrient-rich placenta used in the formula comes from sheep, and it's an age-old treatment that helps to replenish protein to coarse or damaged hair as well as minimizing dandruff and scalp irritation.

  • Snail Serum
    Snail secretion—basically, slime—is a popular beauty ingredient in Asia, where brands use it in serums and face creams as a lightweight hydrator. Rich in glycolic and hyaluronic acids and elastin, it's also reported to have anti-aging benefits. Such products are growing in popularity even in the U.S. market, where Dr. Jart Premium Time Returning Serum ($54, sephora.com), comprised of 77-percent snail mucin, is a bestseller.

  • Bee Venom
    Bee venom facials and masks rose to popularity when Kate Middleton was rumored to have undergone the treatment just before the Royal Wedding in 2011. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's official facialist Deborah Mitchell owns the patent for her Heaven Bee Venom Mask ($130.49, heavenskincare.com) and uses the fresh apitoxin formula on clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Emilia Clarke.

  • Fresh Breasts Cream
    If you ask us, the name could be a little more discreet, but the tried-and-true Fresh Breasts ($11.99, freshbody.com) formula is a winner. The anti-chafing, wetness-absorbing lotion goes on as a soothing cream and dries to a silky, cooling powder.

  • Foreskin Face Cream
    Not only does face cream made from human foreskins exist, but Oprah Winfrey is a confirmed fan. The label doesn't explicitly read "foreskin," but the "Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media" in SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex ($172, skinmedica.com), described as "a physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple natural messenger proteins," is indeed formulated with the discarded foreskins of healthy babies. Basically, you could be putting foreskins on your face and not even know it.

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