The saying, 'Beauty is pain,' has never rang so true as it does with the radical Huo Liao beauty treatment. On a very basic level, it involves setting the client's face on fire. Literally. Of course, Huo Liao (which means 'fire treatment' in Chinese) is a careful procedure that doesn't burn the skin, or else that would defeat the purpose entirely. Instead, the fire activates the properties in a specially prepared secret elixer that is soaked into a towel and placed on a problem area.
As shocking as Huo Liao may seem, it is a widely practiced form of alternative therapy, particularly in China from which it originates. To get the fire started, alcohol is added as a starter fluid and then lit.