As cosmetic science advances, beauty treatments we never imagined possible have become a reality — and ones that were once a reality are now understood to be really, really bad ideas. From seemingly harmless spa services to surgical procedures that sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, a number of once-common treatments are now banned at the state, national and international levels.
Hopefully you haven't had your heart set on any of these beauty practices, because they've all been outlawed.
Fish pedicures, in which people allow garra rufa fish to nibble the dead skin off their feet, reached the U.S. in 2008 when a spa in Virginia offered the service. It wasn't before long that states started to ban it. The CDC the fish and the pedicure tubs are impossible to sanitize, and a handful of states also reasoned that forcing fish to eat only dead skin is animal cruelty.
A Japanese eyelash perm involves adhering your eyelashes to a rod with a chemical solution that curls the lashes semi-permanently — usually for about a month. Although some pros are working toward safer, gentler versions, a number of states have outlawed the treatment. Colorado, for example, in 2004 because the FDA reported that the chemicals can cause serious eye injuries.
Polypropylene breast implants (or string implants) were developed in the 1990s to purposely irritate in the implant pocket, promoting fluid production and continuously expanding the breasts. The procedure appealed to a number of , but it was banned in 2001 due to concerns that breasts could grow unevenly and far beyond the patient's desired size.
Sorry, Canadians, your quest for straight hair is a little more challenging than in the U.S., where various versions of the "Brazilian Blowout" are still available. Consider it tough love: Only 0.2% formaldehyde or less is considered safe in cosmetic treatments (the chemical can cause cancer); contained as much as 12%!
The pressure to lose weight is nothing new, but thankfully, one wonky method people used to slim down is no longer legal. It involved consuming tapeworms, which sucked away at excess calories but also necessary nutrients. Did we mention they're alive the whole time they're in your system — including on the way out — and that they can be felt moving? HARD PASS.
In 1982, the common dental block novocaine was banned by the FDA for non-anesthetic use. Some people believed it had youth-restoring applications, like reversing hair loss and even recoloring hair. There were rumors that celebrities like John F. Kennedy and Salvador Dali , but studies simply couldn't prove that it had the effects some claimed it did.
Queen Elizabeth I made red hair cool in the 16th century, but she and her admirers achieved it in a not-so-cool way: a dye mixture of . (Basically a recipe for nosebleeds and vomiting.) The U.S. allows for a certain amount of lead acetate to be present in hair dyes today, but both Canada and the European Union .