Our faces give others their first impression of us. Women naturally look for new ways to refresh their look and improve their complexion. Now, beauty spas have attempted to answer that call with some outrageous facial treatments that sound like they might help melt away those frown lines and wrinkles. The ingredients imply they hold a bit of special magic but do they?
1. Snake Venom Facial
Snake venom applied to the skin is thought to give the same muscle relaxing effect as Botox but without the needles. The synthetic snake venom used in the cream is based upon a protein produced by the poisonous temple viper snake from Thailand.
According to Dr. Jessica Wu of ivillage.com, “There is no scientific evidence that rubbing snake venom, or snake oil on the skin can relax facial muscles.” She went on to say that even rubbing Botox on your skin wouldn’t work because it has to penetrate deep into the muscles to get a relaxation effect.
2. Sperm Facial
Spermine (yes from sperm, don’t ask me how they get it) is thought to be a natural and strong antioxidant that will help repair and rejuvenate the skin. It has even been formulated into a product line by a Norwegian company called Skin Science. The creams are mixed with other antioxidants such as vitamin E and C as well as hydration and collagen boosters. Spas use ultrasound and infrared light during the facial to help the spermine concoction penetrate deeper in the skin.
Wu from ivillage wrote that “there is no published research that spermine is responsible for protecting skin cells from UV-related stress.” She did indicate that infrared light can help reduce wrinkles independent of the use any creams.
3. Placenta Facial
A placenta is rich in proteins, iron and other vital nutrients. The placentas used in facials supposedly come voluntarily from Russian maternity wards and are sterilized to prevent bacterial contamination. Similarly to spermine facials, infrared light is used to help with skin penetration.