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    17 Bizarre Beauty Products That Are Actually So Damn Effective

    We're talking snail essence, a bubbling clay mask and a peeling solution that looks like blood.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. This foot peel mask, which will make your calloused and dry feet as soft as a baby's bum in one-to-two days.


    I mean, I don't really want to picture it, but this exfoliating foot peel causes dead and crusty skin to fall from your feet over one to two days, no scrubbing necessary. Simply wear the sock-like mask for 60-90 minutes, remove then rinse. Wait for it to work its magic over coming days, then voila! Fresh and smooth feet.

    Buy two packs from Amazon Australia for $19.99.

    2. This FOREO LUNA 3 for normal skin, which will help deep cleanse your pores with one side and firm up skin with the other.

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    Promising review: "Sonic waves are sound waves and they pulsate, like, really fast. When these waves are directed into your skin, they travel deep into your pores to shake loose all the gunk, like dirt and makeup residue. Your hands or even your most high-quality washcloths can’t reach all that. The sonic waves also help increase circulation, exfoliate the skin (without pulling on it), and gives your skin a nice detox by stimulating the cells."

    Kayla Boyd

    Read the entire low down here.

    Buy it from RY for $299.

    3. These gel eye patches, which use synthetically-formulated snake venom to hydrate and tighten the skin under your eyes.

    4. This blackhead remover, which will suck all the gunk out of your pores so you look impossibly air-brushed.

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    Designed for a variety of skin types, this next-generation blackhead remover has three suction heads for different skin conditions, and helps to clean up blackheads, remove dirt grease, reduce dead skin and fine lines, as well as massage and tighten the skin.

    Promising review: "I am that person who loves gross things. Videos of nose strips — seen them. Compilations of ear wax removals — seen them twice. I am obsessed with clearing out the gunk living in our skin. So, when I saw this nose sucking action, I just had to try it out.

    The suction machine comes with three different heads, all of which are meant for a different purpose. But, to be honest, I can’t remember what those other purposes are — I’ve got my gunk sucking one and I’m good. It’s easy to hold, the nozzle fits around your nose nicely and most importantly YOU SEE RESULTS! Have you ever done a nose strip only to be completely let down by it? Either it didn’t stick properly, stuck too well or didn’t rip out enough of your blackheads so you could see them on the strip. With this machine, you’ve got a clean nose and a whole lot of satisfaction.

    A few tips though: Prep your pores beforehand by getting them to open up with a hot towel, moisturise after you use it and most importantly, don’t suck any part of your skin for longer than five seconds."

    Clare Aston

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $17.99.

    5. This light therapy Neutrogena acne spot treatment, which uses dermatologist in-office technology (no UV rays!) to treat mild to moderate acne.

    Jemima Skelley / BuzzFeed

    Promising Review: "I DEFINITELY did not think this would work. How can light get rid of pimples? Well, after only using it a couple of times my mind was completely changed. It's good at making big, sore pimples smaller overnight. I also had a red mark on my skin from a giant pimple I'd had two months ago that I couldn't even get rid of with microdermabrasion. After about a week of using this light pen on it twice a day, it was way smaller and lighter. This pen is true magic."

    Jemima Skelley

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    6. This liquid latex, peel-off skin protector, which will make keeping your designs clean and crisp a cinch.


    I imagine like me, you are currently tracing your nail with an earbud soaked in polish remover, or even (shock horror), waiting for messy polish to be washed off over time. Well, no longer need you be so inefficient — simply apply around your nail, wait a moment to dry and once polish or nail art has been applied, peel off in one go!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $9.49.

    7. This Aztec Healing Clay, which — with just a bit of vinegar — deep cleanses your pores for your most glorious face yet.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    This clay basically has its own cult following of thousands, so it's no wonder it always makes our monthly bestsellers list. Just mix a bit of powder with some apple cider vinegar, lather it on and extract every last bit of gunk from your pores.

    Check out some brilliant before and after photos here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $26.49.

    8. This blackhead remover mask, which peels off every bit of gunk in your pores in one swift movement.


    This activated charcoal mask peel clings to the impurities clogging pores, leaving toned, radiant skin once removed. Plus, pure and natural, vitamins and nutrients boost the health of your skin. Win-win!

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    9. This overnight nourishing rescue mask, which uses deeply-hydrating hemp to restore dry skin.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "So, I have woefully dry skin, which only gets more flaky and unpleasant in the winter (I'd prefer you didn't, but you can zoom in on my lips for proof). In addition to my regular night cream, I like a deeply-nourishing, thick mask in winter to boost hydration levels — and The Body Shop's Hemp Overnight Rescue Mask is the dream. Super-hydrating (I can still feel the effects days later) and yes, as you can imagine, the smell is soothing AF. 10/10, would recommend."

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from The Body Shop for $35.

    10. This bubble clay mask, which is the fun way to cleanse and tighten pores.


    Lather a good dose of this stuff onto your face and watch it bubble as it rids your face of dead skin cells and pore-clogging gunk. Reviewers love its pleasant scent, the way their skin feels fully cleansed after use — and yes, the undeniable fun factor.

    Read all the positive reviews this bubble clay mask has here.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $22.49.

    11. These silicone heel protectors, which will soften shocks to your feet and prevent cracked heels.


    These one-size-fits-most heel protectors are made from medical grade silicone, cushioning and supporting your feet as you move. Wear under your socks and in your shoes for hidden relief from the pressure walking, running and standing puts on feet and heels. Your cracked, dry heels will thank you.

    Buy two pairs from Amazon Australia for $9.99.

    12. This snail essence, which yes, sounds unappealing, but is a godsend for dehydrated, winter skin.


    This serum, made with snail secretions, is perfect for dehydrated and damaged skin and can be used for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Lightweight but uber-hydrating, it is 100% cruelty-free.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $28.50.

    13. These impossibly cheap blemish patches, which protect your spots from bacteria as they heal.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    These patches are made of hydrocolloid, a wound-healing material that protects against bacteria. Ultra-thin and complete with a matte finish, they can be worn on top of inflamed and acne-prone skin, and under foundation (!). A few hours later, your zits will have shrunk noticeably. No wonder people are buying these in bulk.

    Read all about their genius here.

    Buy a pack of 18 patches from Amazon Australia for $5.20.

    14. This facial steamer, which will effectively open pores for easy blackhead removal.


    This brilliant device takes only 8-10 minutes (according to skin type) to cleanse and open pores, making blackhead extraction easy with the complimentary tools. In addition to giving you healthier skin, the nose and mouth inhalation attachment makes it ideal for clearing blocked noses when just a touch of essential oils is added.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.99.

    15. This reusable face wipe, the Face Halo, which removes every inch of makeup with nothing but water.

    Hameda Nafiz / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "You can tell by my ~shook~ facial expression that I was blown away. I mean honestly, look at the state of my face and hair — do you think I'd allow this GIF to live on the internet if I wasn't genuinely impressed?

    The wipes are non-toxic, chemical free and recyclable, so BIG wins all 'round. Not only are you doing your face a favour — by not subjecting it to the toxins in that pack of two dollar wipes — but you're doing the environment a solid, too."

    Hameda Nafiz

    Read more about the Face Halo here.

    Buy a pack of three from Amazon Australia for $30.

    16. This French, green clay face mask, which works wonders on oily, clogged and acne-prone skin.

    Amazon / BuzzFeed

    This green clay face mask is 100% natural and mined straight from the earth in the Montmorillonite region in France. Because of its unique blend of minerals and very fine texture, it's able to act as a magnet — drawing out the toxins and impurities from the skin.

    Promising Review: "My skin has been problematic AF for pretty much the entirety of my lockdown living. Whether it's due to stress, a change of environment or because I have way too much time on my hands to pick it to death — all I can say is, this mask saved my skin. I use it once a week and it draws out all kinds of shit, leaving me looking glowy and radiant!"

    Julia Willing

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $34.99.

    17. And finally, The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution — a 10 minute exfoliating facial, which will revitalise and tone dull skin.

    Jame Jackson / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Much to my delight, my pores appeared significantly smaller and brighter, and my skin felt as smooth as a newborn baby's booty. In addition, the peel almost immediately handled the amount of shine I was experiencing throughout the day. That's because it has salicylic acid in it, a BHA commonly used to treat acne-prone skin. Now I'm able to go almost all day without blotting my face, and I have yet to have an acne breakout."

    Jame Jackson

    Read about Jame's experience (and see the amazing before-and-after photos) here.

    This wildly popular solution (almost 2,500 five-star reviews!) is near impossible to get anywhere anymore, but we found a few floating around on Amazon, albeit at a higher price point.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia now for $44.69.

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