One Flaming Facial Please: The 'Set-Your-Face-On-Fire' Anti-Aging Beauty Treatment

March 12, 2013


Because wrinkles and third-degree burns are mutually exclusive, Fountain Of Youth seekers in China are heading to the spa requesting Huǒ liáo, a beauty treatment that involves setting an alcohol and magic potion-soaked rag covering your face on fire. What could go wrong? SPOILER: The lady performing your facial leaves to take a phone call.

The idea behind Huǒ liáo is to place a towel soaked in alcohol and a special "elixir" on the face, legs or other parts of the body, then light it on fire for a few seconds. This action apparently stimulates the skin and addresses dullness, sagging and wrinkles.

Sounds questionable, I'm going to need to see some medical studies or a commercial with a convincing CG animation of wrinkles being "drastically reduced over time." I'm joking, just cover me with oil rags and toss a match on me. Not only am I going to look 18 again, but I'll smell like a barbeque. The smell of meat cooking -- now that's what brings all the boys to the yard.

Hit the jump for a video in case you weren't sure if the treatment can be applied to your entire back as well (it can!).

Thanks to Lambros, who said he thought of something entirely different when he read 'flaming facial', which doesn't surprise me because he has a college email address and referenced 'frat life'.

  • God Is this Real? This is very Scary and dangerous too. This kind of facial hurts you instead of giving any sort of relaxation.

  • Wow! Is this real?

  • This can be very dangerous, what if something goes wrong and your skin gets burned, in my opinion it is better to stick with traditional facial treatments.

  • Guest

    This technique is really scary. Does it really works?

  • GW, you got a serious troll problem around here. This Olga chick has posted her bullshit link 112 times so far.

  • FAKE!!!!

    This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

    This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max tried to give Baja a flaming facial by eating only hot wings for 3 days in a row.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Because nothing can go wrong with this

  • n_a_a_s

    the treatment isn't even that uncomfortable, but the expensive EYEDROPS you have to buy afterwards...... they're in a little fire extinguisher bottle, that's how they get you!

  • MeggyMonster

    Face on fire? Just remember these three simple steps. Stop, drop, and apply facial mask....? o 3o

  • Tan

    Huǒ liáo = Fire therapy

    There should've been a disclaimer. "Kids don't try this at home or any place else. Leave it to the professionals."

  • McfeelySmackup

    where does one find a professional trained in setting peoples faces on fire?

  • Closet Nerd

    Waco, Texas?
    ......just sayin

  • Closet Nerd

    Eyebrows are over rated anyway
    ....just sayin

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