Wacky Japanese beauty products offer alternative to plastic surgery

PHOTO: Wacky Japanese beauty products offer alternative to plastic surgery

Whether gimmicky or truly inventive, these quirky Japanese beauty products offer the prospect of sharper noses and firmer faces - all without having to go under the scalpel.

Costing from US$30 (S$38) to over US$100 (S$126), and sold internationally online by japantrendshop.com, these wacky items have been garnering the attention of newspapers worldwide, from The Daily Mail to Huffington Post.

Catalogued under the "Beauty Gadgets" section, these products, some of which are battery-operated, demand little more than three to 20 minutes of daily use by the beauty-seeking individual.

The Hana Tsun Nose Straightener, for example, clips your nose while inserting a two-pronged silicone device into your nostrils.

A recommended daily application will help "balance and push up the bones and contours of your nose so it has an overall sharper, straighter shape, less round and more graceful," claims the product description.

"A much cheaper alternative to plastic surgery and it doesn't hurt either!" the website touts.

To combat ageing and wrinkles, the goggle-like Mejikara Anti-Wrinkle Glasses is lined with special ridges to help "push back those sagging eyes"; while the Pupeko Anti-Aging Mouthpiece - designed by a housewife - helps you firm up those cheek muscles.

If you can get over the hurdle of looking comical in the pursuit of beauty, we dare you to try out some of these wacky products: