Is this the most disgusting beauty trend yet? Salons in New York are using FORESKIN in their facials… and fans say treatment gives them ‘Beyonce level confidence’
- Dubbed a HydraFacial, the treatment is currently available in New York
- Key ingredient is stem cells from an infant’s foreskin
- Beauty writer who had it said her skin glowed like J-Lo’s
Published: 05:01 EST, 23 April 2015 | Updated: 02:41 EST, 24 April 2015
Thought the vampire face lift and leech facial were weird? The beauty industry is about to get much more bizarre.
Foreskin facials are the latest unconventional beauty treatment to be hitting salons – and people who’ve had them can’t stop singing their praises.
Dubbed a HydraFacial, the treatment, which costs around $150 (£100) and uses stem cell from an infant’s foreskin, is currently available in New York.
Foreskin facials, also known as HydraFacials, are the latest unconventional beauty treatment to be hitting salons in New York (stock image)
Described as a ‘multi-step treatment that promises to erase wrinkles, reverse sun damage, lighten dark spots, and prevent acne’, the key ingredient is the somewhat bizarre stem cell from an infant’s foreskin.
Speaking to NY Magazine about the unusual treatment, Dr. Gail Naughton, a leader in regenerative science, said: ‘When we’re born, our skin is in its best shape. Our cells naturally secrete proteins known as growth factors that keep the cells healthy and stimulate them to divide.
One writer who had the treatment hailed its benefits and described her post-facial confidence as being at ‘Beyonce levels’ and her skin as glowing as Jennifer Lopez’s, right
‘As we age, our cells divide at a slower rate, which contribute to the telltale signs of aging, like wrinkles and loss of firmness and luminosity. Growth factors captured from the donated foreskin of a baby (just one can generate over a million treatments) are at their peak ability in promoting rapid cell turnover.
‘Applied topically, they spur adult skin cells to regenerate. This is said to have a smoothing effect on the skin.’
The 30-minute treatment involves a cleansing process using salicylic-and-glycolic-acid peel and an extraction to remove blackheads and dead skin. This process is followed by a mask packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and a serum with foreskin extracts and rounded off with some light therapy.
One writer, Ashley Weatherford, who had the treatment hailed its benefits, describing her post-facial confidence as at ‘Beyonce levels’ and her skin as glowing as Jennifer Lopez’s.
The 30-minute treatment (not pictured) involves a cleansing process using salicylic-and-glycolic-acid peel, an extraction, a mask packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and a serum with foreskin extracts
Commenting on the trend, Anne-Marie Gillett, Non-Surgical Director at Transform Cosmetic Surgery, told FEMAIL: ‘The HydraFacial, commonly known as the “Foreskin Facial” is an interesting concept and is one that we will be keeping our eye on here at Transform.
‘We’ve seen a whole host of faddish non-surgical treatments coming over from the US – last year it was the vampire facial, which had a celebrity fan base, with the likes of Kim Kardashian openly talking about having had the treatment. This year, it seems to be the HydraFacial, but we often find that these extreme treatments seem to disappear as quickly as they come.
‘It’s no surprise, as there are numerous new treatments hitting the market all the time, particularly ones with the “wow” and shock factor, but how effective they actually are is questionable. We’ll have to wait and see.
‘If you want to keep your skin looking its best, it’s important to maintain a good skincare regime which involves limiting sun exposure, avoiding smoking and excessive drinking, which can dehydrate the skin and accelerate the ageing process.
‘We would urge anyone who is considering having a non-surgical treatment, to do their research and be confident with what’s on offer and that the person providing the treatment is appropriately qualified. Also, it’s important for patients to manage their expectations when it comes to the results.’
The ‘baby foreskin facial’ will, however, never be coming to the UK as it is illegal to use human cells in cosmetic procedures.
The USA-owned company are currently in the process of creating the same effect, by using plant extract and bringing that to the UK.