In the quest for beauty, it seems that everything that’s part of or comes out of an animal is fair game. Placenta treatments are said to keep the Hollywood glitterati gorgeous. Sheep are often, but not always, the source. One Los Angeles dermatologist says he procures placenta from a Russian maternity ward. The afterbirth is treated to prevent contamination and disease transmission. While smearing the remnants of an organ that was once part of a uterine wall on your face may seem extreme, placenta purveyors say it restores elasticity, eliminates toxins, and leaves skin glowing.
Epidermal etiquette is anything but orthodox in Japan where women are renowned for their clear, porcelain-like complexions. Said to be a centuries-old Geisha secret, facials and creams made from nightingale droppings have recently developed a following in the United States. The bird poop products got a boost when Closer magazine reported that Victoria Beckham gave the fecal facial a try while on a trip to Japan and now uses a bird-dropping cream to keep her skin blemish-free. The guanine enzyme in the excrement purportedly cleans, brightens, and exfoliates. The facial is not (quite) as nauseating as it sounds; the songbird droppings are sterilized and powdered before being made into a medicinal-smelling paste that costs some $200 at posh Manhattan and Beverly Hills spas.