It seems as though every few weeks I’m posting about the latest—not necessarily greatest—treatments and procedures in that quest for eternal youth. Well I haven’t let you down, better said salons across China haven’t let you down, as the flame facial has recently hit the mediasphere. They say that stress can induce fine lines and unhealthy skin, well what would you say to younger-looking skin in exchange for setting your face on fire? Stressful?
This unbelievable treatment is meant to revitalize dull and sagging skin, stimulate cell regeneration, and deliver a youthful complexion. Therapists begin by placing an alcohol-covered towel over the face, legs or back with a “special elixir”, then proceed to get what looks like a simple lighter and set you on fire. It’s stressed that when it’s performed correctly by a trained therapist, the treatment is perfectly safe. By the looks of it though it doesn’t seem like trained professionals at work, merely placing a cloth on the skin, dousing it in alcohol, lighting it, and then standing over the willing customer for 30 seconds or so before throwing another towel over it to consume the flames. I guess you do need to be a trained professional not to throw another alcohol-doused towel over the flame or else there could be a few issues.
Other reports have surfaced that this treatment can be employed to cure the common cold, and even obesity. I can’t even understand slight weight loss let alone obesity, and a cold, well that’s more believable. Medicated elixirs can be used to fight allergies and coughs, and the alcohol acts as a carrier to solubilize whatever is in the elixir, but there’s no real benefit to then set it on fire!
The video that’s surfaced shows customers lying face down and having the treatment on their backs. Not sure if they’re concerned about dull back skin or excess back fat, but could you see yourself setting your face on fire for a more youthful complexion?
Watch this bizarre treatment performed here!