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This week’s ingredient of the week is none other than placenta, that little thing we’re born in and that some celebs actually fry post-birth (gross). Here’s the need to know.
What is it?
A natural substance that is formed by all living creatures - including plants - placenta is packed full of amino acids and protein and feeds, nourishes and injects life into all cells. In humans, it’s actually an organ that grows during pregnancy to house the baby – so it’s basically a sack that babies chill out in.
What does it do for skin?
In skincare, there all sorts of different placentas used, from human (yes, it’s a thing) to plant and animals - most commonly, sheep. While top LA dermatologists, like Dr Harold Lancer, love human placenta in their treatments and products, sheep (or bovine as it’s also referred to) seems to be the most popular and the likes of Harry Styles and Simon Cowell (lol) are said to be die-hard fans. Whatever Harry’s having, we want too.
But how does it work? Well, once the placenta is absorbed by the skin, it boosts cell activity, meaning they work hard to replenish and produce more collagen and elastin in the skin. So, fuller, more youthful skin for longer. As an ingredient it has tremendous healing power, so if you’ve got a skin condition, like rosacea, or simply just have dull skin or fine lines, placenta has your back.
Who needs it?
Most of us can benefit from it, especially if skin has taken a battering (nights out, lack of skincare routine), plagued with fine lines or looking a little dull. If you’re dedicated to using a placenta product, it’ll pay dividends after a couple of months. Results aren’t always immediate.
Where can you find it?
MZ Skin Rest & Revive Restorative Placenta & Stem Cell Night Serum, £195 – More than worth the price, clinical studies prove this serum (with bovine-placenta) decreased wrinkle depth by 14.4% after just a month.
Rodial Bee Venom Super Serum, £180 – With plant stem cells to plump and smooth out skin, while super hydrating – a great all-rounder.
Biologique Recherche Serum Placenta, £56 – From the classic French pharmacy brand, this serum is designed to repair skin intensively – just massage 10 drops into skin post-cleanse.