Celebs are always testing out bizarre beauty treatments (remember Kim Kardashian’s famous vampire facial?), so we shouldn’t be all too shocked when someone in Hollywood admits to an ‘out there’ procedure. But there’s something a bit offputting about Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett’s “penis facial.”
The actresses’ “penis facial” doesn’t actually use semen like you might think, but it does involve parts of the male sex organ: very real cells taken from human babies’ foreskin. Yup, you read that right.
Here, let Cate Blanchett explain:
“[We] saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial,” she said in an interview with Vogue Australia. “It’s something – I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just cause it smells a bit like sperm – there’s some enzyme in it so Sandy [Bullock] refers to it as the penis facial.”
The Georgia Louise spa officially calls the procedure the ‘Hollywood EGF Facial’ so it’s less crass sounding than Blanchett’s “penis facial,” but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre.
“The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by [Georgia Louise’] ‘secret box’ of EGF serum (Epidermal Growth Factor)… [which] is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin,” the website explains. According to Metro, Korean babies tend to be circumcised making it easier to access young skin, and South Korea is also home to many stem cell banks.
EGF isn’t new — Oprah was targeted by human rights activists for promoting a face cream made with the foreskin cells five years ago — but it seems to be gaining in mainstream popularity as of late.
This latest facial, if you’re interested, costs around $650 USD, according to Refinery29.
Should foreskin be used in cosmetic practices? It’s a question people are definitely asking, just not Cate Blanchett or Sandra Bullock. But boy do their faces look youthful and plump and shiny.