Placental Facial Massage
The world of beauty often seems some seemingly bizarre trends when it comes to trying to find a way to boost our appearances. Bee stings and bird poop are among some of the more…interesting ways people have opted to try to maintain a youthful appearance. A placental facial massage is, in truth, really just in keeping with the eclectic nature of beauty. It is a thing though. People around the world are either buying up products of scheduling spa days to experience the potential benefits of a placental facial massage. You may be wondering if there’s anything to this beauty treatment or not due to its exotic nature. We’ll be looking it what this facial massage can and can’t do for you so that you can make an educated decision for your next spa day.
Wait a Second, Placental Facial Massage?
Let’s take one step back and make it clear what we’re talking about when it comes to a placental facial massage. This treatment does not actually involve the use of a placenta in a beauty product. The most common forms involve stem cells derived from the placenta of sheep, but others forms do exist. At no point does an actual placenta touch your face. Most preparations of a placental facial cream involve the stem cells being used alongside various other skin fortifying ingredients that can boost the overall health of the skin. The thickness of the creams tends to vary, but you should expect a light to medium heavy cream when undergoing one of these treatments. Your masseuse will either apply the cream entirely beforehand and allow it to soak in before beginning the massage or continually work more of it into your skin over the course of the treatment. It should easily come off with water.
Now that we all know what we’re talking about, let’s discuss the claims proponents make for placental facial massages. Most people swear by its potential anti-aging effects. People claim that sheep collagen, unlike some other forms of collagen, can penetrate the human skin with ease. This ostensibly makes it ideal for helping to firm the skin. Claims then begin to get broader and broader depending on the source of the individual preparation that people are supporting. Some claim that all the nutrients from the placenta the cells are derived from are somehow carried into the cream while others highlight their unique mixtures of additional ingredients as the source where the other skin benefits come from during exposure. One thing you can be sure of is that the facial massage working such creams into the skin will help benefit your skin’s appearance and increase blood flow no matter what the claims surrounding the placental cream are at a given spa.
Be A Little Skeptical
One thing you need to keep in mind immediately is that many sources of collagen do have difficulty penetrating the skin and whether sheep collagen can is not yet clearly known. It does make for a good sounding claims. Additionally, most of the time what goes into the creams are extracted stem cells rather than collagen. It represents a gray area where marketers can enjoy the flexibility of “Well, I didn’t say that” while still implying something heavily. Placenta based products are potentially quite healthy for your skin depending on the ingredients making up the rest of the cream. You should try to find out what all is going on your skin to have a clearer picture of what to expect from a given placental facial massage. The massage itself will help boost collagen in your skin by improving blood flow for a little while and specific facial massages can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles all on their own.
Placental facial massages aren’t exactly a hot trend at the moment, but they are an enduring and somewhat interesting treatment. There appears to be just enough behind the practice that people continue to seek out these treatments where they are available. It isn’t particularly clear if the unique ingredients are the cause for the success of such massages though. It is ultimately up to you to decide if they want to try such a treatment. At the very least, a placental facial massage shouldn’t hurt your skin.