Beauty, as we all know, is fleeting. This may be why a new fad pops up every few years claiming to preserve your beautiful skin and leave it as wrinkle-free as a baby's bottom.
Snail facials are proven to moisturize the skin, while Kim Kardashian is fond of blood facials. But a new procedure in town has some beauty bloggers swearing by its effects and leaving others white in the face.
Tracy Kiss, a British beauty blogger first sparked the trend when she posted a YouTube video showing how she uses a friend's semen, delivered in a Chinese takeout container, to cure her rosacea. After the video went viral, other bloggers stepped forward to admit that they too have found another life-changing use for semen.
Former Cosmopolitan editor, Helen Gurley Brown wrote in her memoir that she recommends spreading it on her face as it is "probably full of protein". The Times of India even has an article showing curious readers how to give themselves a semen facial right in the comfort of their home.
The routine involves rubbing fresh semen on your face and leaving it to dissolve completely into your skin. This takes about twenty minutes.
After the skin has absorbed it, dab your face with cold water and wipe your skin with wet tissues. Then you can, presumably, go about your day expecting some results from this revolutionary beauty treatment.
There might be some truths to the claims.
Doris Day, a dermatologist, notes that semen is an anti-inflammatory agent and is "designed to support the essence of life." Semen contains an antioxidant called Spermine which is believed to reduce wrinkles and prevent acne and is considered by some to be 30 times more effective than Vitamin E.
Its potency is so believed that its compounds have been synthesized by Bioforskning, a Norwegian beauty company to create an anti-aging facial cream. However this artificial recreation of one of nature's most common products costs a swoon-inducing $250.
If you can't buy this product, the Times of India claims its natural inspiration is good enough. According to them, it contains multivitamins and proteins which hydrate the face and reduce irritation. And much like the $250 tube from Bioforskning, it costs significantly less.
So is there any truth to these claims?
Unfortunately, there isn't. Doctors and dermatologists are quick to advise people from giving themselves semen facials.
Semen can cause vision problems such as eye herpes and scarring if the eyes are exposed to it. It contains testosterone which could aggravate acne and make the face drier than a regular moisturizer. It also transmits STIs and STDs which means users are exposed to a wide range of diseases.
Columbia University's health website notes that interested beauty afficionados will need to gulp gallons of the liquid each day in order to see any positive effects. Even then, true benefits could vary widely depending on the supplier of the facial.
If you want to try a facial which has real benefits, Cosmopolitan advises a simple, 10 minute, face mask of egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of honey.
Do you believe semen facials have beautifying properties?