An unorthodox strategy is being employed at the Yunessun Spa House in Hakone, Japan, supposedly to improve metabolism and improve skin.
Visitors to the spa are offered “ramen baths,” in which they can bathe in pork-based broth and synthetic noodles. The broth contains large amounts of collagen, a protein high in amino acids, which are essential to healthy skin.
“Lately, people are very concerned about having beautiful skin, and they know the effect of collagen, which is contained in our pork-based broth,” said owner Ichiro Furuya in a video.“At this bath, everybody can have fun and take advantage of the healthy elements of ramen noodles.”
Patrons of the bathhouse relax in tubs that resemble ramen bowls and expose their skin to large amounts of collagen. Health officials have outlawed the use of real noodles in the pool, but the pork broth is real.
Bathing in unique substances isn’t new — just ask Amar’e Stoudemire — but we will have to wait and see if ramen baths change from an eye-catching headline to an actual skincare phenomenon.