Sometimes to get what you want in life, you’ve got to venture a little outside your comfort zone. That’s what Miranda Kerr thinks about her beauty routine, anyway.
While chatting with fellow beauty powerhouses, including Gwyneth Paltrow herself, at the In Goop Health summit in Culver City, California, over the weekend, the Australian model revealed she’d intentionally let a bunch of pond-dwelling blood suckers loose on her face. NBD.
“I’ve had a leech facial,” Kerr said. “I kept the leeches. They’re in my koi pond. You’re not allowed to reuse them, and if you don’t take them home then she kills them and I didn’t like that idea.”
While we do find Kerr’s unwillingness to actually sacrifice the leeches for the sake of a facial admirable, we are more than a little curious about about this beauty trend.
You’ve probably heard that leeches have been used in various forms of medicine around the world for a long, long time, often for detoxification, but the practice of using them in facials has been gaining a bit of traction in North America, with some (Kerr included) of the Hollywood set getting on board…or, rather, letting the little blood suckers get on board them.
As we understand it, first the leeches are allowed to engorge themselves (aka fill up on your blood) on a part of your body that’s not your face. Then, the blood is literally squeezed out of the leeches, made into a mask and applied to the face. According to hiroudotherapists (those who work with leeches), a leech facial will leave your skin brighter, tighter and glowing. And who doesn’t want that? …even if it means turning your body into a feasting zone for a gooey black worm.
Paltrow, who is not one to shy away from alternative beauty treatments, also found Kerr’s leech story compelling, saying “Wow! I thought I was bats–crazy!”
“It’s adventurous,” Kerr said. “Health is wealth. They’ve been doing leech therapy for thousands of years.”
Okay, so Kerr looks beautiful, but we’re not sold on the leeches. People have been doing a lot of things for thousands of years and not all of them have merit. For now, we’ll stick to our at-home clay mask for brighter skin and leave the leeches in Kerr’s koi pond.