Humans are obsessed with immortality. We don’t want to age, we want to live forever, and we want nothing to change. And for that, we take some weird steps.
Botox, anti-ageing creams, plastic surgeries, all around the world people take numerous measures to make sure they look the same and show no signs of ageing. You’ll always find movie stars on the constant search for eternal youth, and they’ve been known to take some drastic steps.
One such beauty treatment doing the rounds is the foreskin facial. Sounds weird right?
We’ll try to explain it to you in a sentence. The facial involves inserting a serum made from the discarded foreskins of South Korean infants.
Sounds even weirder now right? So let’s see what it exactly is
What is the foreskin facial?
Officially called the epidermal growth factor (EGF) facial, the treatment essentially results in liquidised foreskins of multiple babies being rubbed all over your face.
Scientifically speaking it uses a serum containing epidermal growth factor proteins, which are taken from the dermal fibroblasts i.e. skin cells of circumcised baby boys.
The foreskins are necessary for the process, but they're not always used. Those deployed on the faces are clones of the originals. The phrase penis facial is an explosive tagline, not a hard and fast scientific one.
So it’s basically a marketing gimmick to catch your attention. But that doesn’t mean it’snot gross, because penises are still involved in the whole thing.
How does the Foreskin Facial work?
The process first begins with harvesting the stem cells from the foreskins. However, the cells aren’t exclusively derived from babies' foreskins either, but cell tissue in skin, kidneys, and male genitalia as a whole is used for the entire process.
Once the cells are harvested, for the serum to hold they’re infused into the skin. This is done by a beauty therapist via a process which is called micro-needling.
It involves a pen-like device containing 12 tiny needles which repeatedly stab you in the face hundreds of times. The micro-needling penetrates to a depth of 0.5m into the skin. This ensures that the stem cells are penetrated deep into the skin using a special electric micro-needling wand. The process is extremely painful but is done to stimulate regeneration and collagen production.
The next step of the facial results in an intensive Trichloroacetic (TCA) peel and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, post which the EGF serum is applied on the skin.
Why Is It Beneficial?
These stem cells, which produce collagen and other fibres, work to encourage skin cells to turn over rapidly and regenerate, so they’re often used for brightening, exfoliating, and healing the skin – similarly to enzyme facials. The collagen and elastin can help to boost the radiance of your face.
Foreskin "fibroblasts" are used to grow new cells because they contain a growth hormone and because they have come from babies, the cells are more impressionable and free of toxins.
The procedure is great for your skin – it encourages collagen production, elastic development and cell turnover, as well as speeding up healing.
Who all have gotten it done?
As you may have figured, the procedure is extremely expensive. A single sitting can set you back by as much as £465, so you won't be seeing everyone rushing to get this done.
As of now Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Kate Beckinsale have openly admitted to getting the procedure done.
So this is everything about the foreskin facial. Sounds creepy through and through, and we surely aren’t rushing to get this done, even if the Hollywood stars are.