Wild West LA: Skincare Trends You've Never Heard Of
It seems like every day you read about a new and emerging beauty trend. Some of them are pretty interesting and worth a try, like eyelash extensions or microblading. Others, like squiggle eyebrows or furry nails, have been more like a swing and a miss. Taking care of your skin is something that will never go out of style, regardless of the trends surrounding it. Today, we’re going to cover some of the most interesting and outrageous celebrity skincare and beauty trends, and what they do (or don’t do) for your skin.
The first trend, and definitely one of the most unique, is not for those who are uncomfortable at the thought of blood. If that’s you, I’d skip to the next paragraph. If not, prepare yourself for quite an interesting trend: blood-infused moisturizer. Developed by Dr. Barbara Sturm, this moisturizer uses the healing properties of your own blood and the plasma within it. Dr. Sturm says the plasma stimulates collagen and reduce inflammation, but there are no independent trials to back up these claims. This cream, currently dubbed MC1, is the only one of its kind available in at-home topical form. Young star Hailey Baldwin, daughter of Stephen Baldwin, has integrated this into her own skincare routine. So if you can sit through having your own blood drawn, then incubated and mixed into a moisturizer this treatment is for you. Unfortunately it requires a trip to Germany on top of the cream’s near thousand dollar price tag, but for many it’s worth it.
This next one’s a little gross too, but not as bad as having your own blood drawn to infuse with a facial cream. Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckam turns to bird poo facials, but she’s not the only one. These facials, called Geisha Facials, uses imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran. It may be new in the United States but Geisha Facials have been popular in Japan since the early 1600’s. The process starts with steam to open pores and soften skin, followed by the application of the mixture. After about five minutes on the skin it is rinsed off with a foaming cleanser, and followed by a green tea collagen mask. This one is a little more budget friendly, costing only $180 dollars per facial. The bird poo mask is designed to rejuvenate the skin, and the secret lies with the nightingale: these specific birds live on seeds, and this leads them to produce the natural enzyme that is the main ingredient. Basically to see your skin fresh and vibrant afterwards, it can’t be any old bird poo.
Spraying your face with a mixture of milk and mineral water, essentially making a milk mist, is another skincare trend followed by some celebrities including model Cindy Crawford. This specific trend helps keep the face hydrated, and is simple for anyone to make at home. Some say that milk for soft skin dates back to the times of Cleopatra (she is rumored to have bathed in milk for this reason). If you try it, be sure to spritz your face a few times every few hours. Using a facial cream with placenta in it is another popular skincare trend among celebs. Used by both Eva Longoria and Katie Holmes, the placenta cream helps prevent rough, dry skin while also increasing collagen and moisture levels. After use it can leave the skin feeling soft and supple, which are two things you want in your daily moisturizer. Prices for these creams range, so if you can get a sample and try a little before you buy that’s your best bet.
The final out-there skincare trend we’ll cover is one of the most wild ones you could think of, and something big screen beauty Cate Blanchett does: the Hollywood EGF Facial, otherwise known as the ‘penis facial.’ This skincare process involves a peel, microneedling, an electrifying mask, and then the EGF serum. The EGF serum is derived from progenitor cells of the human fibroblast, which is taken from newborn Korean baby foreskin. The serum itself is FDA approved, and the cells are actually produced in a lab so no babies being harmed at the cost of your skin. The process takes 12 steps, and leaves skin with a refreshing glow and soft texture. Priced at $650 per treatment, this unique facial has a waitlist spanning years to get in for a session.
Taking care of your skin is one of the best ways to fight the effects of aging and the sun on your body. While these trends might be a little too extreme for you (and me) many people out there use them religiously to keep skin looking healthy and clean. If you’re looking for something a little less wild, try SSLA Lifestyle’s Rejuvenate Triple Stem Cell Anti-Aging Serum. Developed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this lightweight serum smooths right into the skin and helps heal the skin from inside out with its proprietary mix of ingredients. Check out Rejuvenate today on the SSLA Lifestyle product page.