Thursday, May 28, 2009
No-one said the quest for eternal youth was going to be easy but, really, does it have to be quite so off-putting? The latest bizarre beauty treatment to hit the United States is the "sperm" facial.
A Norwegian company, aptly named Bioforskning, has synthesised a compound found in the little swimmers and claims the resulting concoction is the ultimate new wrinkle-busting antioxidant. The formula is the foundation for the latest "in" treatment, stateside.
The company has synthesised spermine, an organic compound found in sperm, and used it as an ingredient in its SkinScience range of serums, skin creams and eye creams. New York
magazine reports New York City's Townhouse Spa
offers spermine treatments, where the cream is slathered over skin then ultrasound and infrared light is used to help the product penetrate the lipid barrier.
This isn't the first time male "by-products" have been touted as a beauty wonder. Cosmetic company SkinMedica made a name for itself when it admitted its TNS Recovery Complex
was formulated with harvested foreskin cells.
If the idea of sperm doesn't grab you, how about the bird-poo facial
which involves having powdered nightingale faeces slapped on your face. Or what about the snail-secretion facial which has been conjured by Townhouse Spa. Whatever happened to good old cucumber slices and mashed avocado?