What Beauty Product or Treatment Squicks You Out Too Much to Try It?

One man's fish pedicure is another man's sensitive gag reflex.

There isn't too much I'm not willing to try for the sake of knowing what a beauty product or procedure is like. I tried Botox once (didn't like it, but I think it was because of the person administering it and not the product itself) and lip injections once (would gladly do that again, despite the pain), and I've willingly slathered a number of different types of formulas with weird ingredients and funky textures on my skin.

Dental stuff, I'm a little less enthusiastic. Though I'd be willing to do something like a professional whitening or even laminates, I remember hating the gag-inducing, gross-tasting, silly-putty-esque mold my orthodontist used for my braces and retainer, and I would like to to avoid ever going through that again. So disgusting. I also remember hearing about people getting veneers about a decade or so ago and how they had to get their teeth filed down to, like, pegs or nubs or something, and that thought grosses me the hell out. I'm pretty sure they've updated the procedure since then and don't require patients to get Bat Boy teeth anymore, but still — instant shudder.

I asked my xoVain contributors:

What beauty product or treatment squicks you out too much to try it?

Kelly: "Babyfoot! Didn't even have to think about it. Other than that I'd try anything. I told my boyfriend about vampire facials and snail mucus recently, and I really wish you all could have seen his face. Definitely moving my snail moisturizer into his bathroom cabinet at the earliest opportunity."

Allison: "I'm not really squicked out by any products or treatments besides anything near the eyeballs, no eyelash dyeing/perms/extensions for me."

Colleen: "A friend just posted a video of that fish pedicure again. NOPE." (I know Colleen hasn't written for xoVain in forever, but she's one of my best friends, so I'm including her opinion. So there.) "I also won't do any plastic surgery or injectables. Nope. Nope nope nope, I am way too squeamish for elective procedures. No sir. NOPE!"

Rachel: "Do those period panty things count as a beauty product?"

Maricar: "Leech therapy freaks me out. I keep thinking of that scene in Stand By Me. Also, lip tattooing. My lips are really pale so I would benefit from some lip tattooing, but the photos of the swelling after the procedure freak me out."

Hannah L.: "Stick on toenails! Like false nails for your toes. Ewwww."

Samantha: "Injections of any kind, which sort of leans into any plastic surgery (even though I've always wanted a nose job). Nothing grosses me out more than thinking about plastic surgery, as much as I wish it didn't. Also, anything with snails."

Sable: "Whatever Isabella Rossellini was serving to Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her. Prob wouldn't fuck with that."

Christina: "Probably oil pulling. I think I'd throw up one second in."


And now it's your turn to talk about what beauty products and treatments gross you out — as well as anything else that's on your mind this Labor Day weekend. Have a fun one!