In our vanity-filled society where we are always searching for that fountain of youth and the latest and greatest thing to make us look better, it seems like we’ll try just about anything.
It seems that animal excrement from sources like birds and worms is the new fountain of youth–clocking in at upwards of $80 for excrement facials in some spas and salons.
Many people trying the products from animal excrement are drawn to the “all natural” prospect, as opposed to putting processed chemicals on the skin.
“People discovered organic didn’t always mean organic, and marketed naturals could be harmful to one’s skin,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told The New York Times.
“Animal extracts are a new way of treating the skin, while offering a new definition of natural.”
Sales of Wrinkle Buttershot up when it was recently featured on the popular television show “The Doctors.”
According to Greensations, the company who makes Wrinkle Butter, “Our proprietary complex contains a sterilized extract made from earthworm castings (poop).”
The site also states that the worm excrement has anti-aging properties that slow “decay” and stimulate cell growth.
“Earthworm excrement may be the Holy Grail of whole body skin care. It’s an accepted fact that earthworm castings make plants grow larger and faster than chemical fertilizers with none of the chemical dangers, and they are approved for organic farming. Earthworm castings also extend the life of plants by energizing their stem cells with an array of organic anti-aging compounds. Those same organic compounds are now being used to produce similar anti-aging effects on human skin.”
As more people search for new, all-natural ways to look younger, animal extract products are becoming more prominent. Recently, we have seen snake venom wrinkle cream,bee venom creams,snail secretion masksand even anti-aging nail polish made from sheep’s wool.
In 2011, cosmetics with ingredients derived from animals were the fastest-growing segment of the “prestige skin-care market,” Karen Grant, vice president and global beauty analyst of the NPD Marketing Group, told The New York Times.
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