More and more British women have been using their own urine as a natural remedy, so we can’t help but wonder if the latest beauty trend in the U.K. is going to make a splash over here.
There are many ways to use it, whether it’s directly applied to one’s face or — gulp — consumed, so the ick factor seems ever-present. Yes, it sounds absolutely disgusting, but is an ingredient that you make yourself really that bad? You be the judge.
In the olden days
Using pee (or if you want to get fancy, urophagia) as a thing has been going on for ages. Urine baths were popular in 18th century France and the Romans used it for teeth whitening. Um, we’ll take a Crest Whitestrip, thank you very much.
Sylvia Chandler is in her 60s, but she told Closer magazine that her homemade elixir is responsible for her slim figure, youthful demeanour and her good health (she claims she hasn’t visited a physician in over a decade). Hmm, perhaps a pint of pee a day really does keep the doctor away.
How about a smaller dose?
If a pint or a cup is too much to swallow, The Times columnist Janice Turner wrote that her friend puts three drops in a cup of hot water each morning to give her immune system a boost. Apparently, it’ll increase your strength and you’ll score a glowing complexion. That is, if you manage to keep it down.
Shoot it up
Dr. William Hitt told Your Own Perfect Medicine author Martha Christy that “intramuscular injections of urine are the best methods for handling a myriad of immunological illnesses, including psoriasis, basal call carcinoma, asthma and many other disorders.” Who ‘da thunk it?
Our wee is 95 per cent water, 2.5 per cent urea and the rest is a combination of salt, minerals, enzymes and hormones that contain essential nutrients. So it almost seems silly not to dunk our faces in it. Really, though, when applied onto the skin using a clean (not for long, zing!), damp cloth or a cotton pad, it can clear up psoriasis, eczema, acne and other spots.
Not just any pee is ideal. We’re guessing you probably shouldn’t work with it if you’ve just had a hearty bowl of cream of asparagus soup, but according to the authors of Urine Therapy: Nature’s Elixir for Good Health, morning urine is best for a facial treatment because the hormones are believed to build up overnight.
A little dab’ll do ya
If giving a urine sample at the doctor’s office is a tall order, then you need to start off small. Try mixing it with your moisturizer. A friend told The Telegraph‘s Rebecca Reid that after putting in her Nivea, her “skin was so, so soft.”
Urine’s sterile; Aztecs used wee to clean wounds and Madonna famously claimed she never got athlete’s foot because she peed on her own feet while showering. Well, if Madge says so…
The best part? You pee is totally free — and easily accessible. Depending on how squeamish you are, we suppose.