Peeling, needling, rolling, shaving. These are just a few of the procedures we put skin through in pursuit of a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion. When it comes to skincare products, our choices are no less bizarre. Snail mucin serum? Yes please. Cannabis oil lotion? Absolutely.
But what about blood face cream?
Following the popularity of vampire facials (the process of injecting or microneedling plasma from your own blood into skin) the crimson vital fluid has become a must-try skincare ingredient. So, what are the benefits?
For , it’s all about personalised anti-ageing. Lauded as a ‘healing lotion’, the cream claims to fight inflammation, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten pores, and even offer a solution to sufferers of neurodermatitis and psoriasis, all using a self-indulgent formula, created just you. Aww, shucks!
So where does blood come into this? And how does it get from our veins into the jar? *pictures body parts being hacked off and blended by a mad scientist*.
Actually, it's just like getting tested at the docs. In goes the needle, out comes the blood, and before you know it, you’re being sent off with a plaster and lollipop. For Dr Sturm's MC1 Cream, that's your involvement over. The clever part is the syringe they use - it contains tiny, irregularly shaped, etched metal beads that your blood translates as a wound. The extracted blood then goes into overdrive and produces healing factor proteins - It's these that give MC1 Cream its super-powers. The protein-rich blood is then cooled to an optimal temperature, and whizzed off to the lab to separate out the good stuff for your skincare.
Celebrities with the glowiest skin can't stop smearing blood across their faces, and it seems they're onto something...
The result? A modest-looking tub of skin cream (available for the face or body) with a £950 price tag *pardon, what?*
Take a moment to process that. And then, when you're ready, listen when we say, this cream may just change your life. No one else's, just yours.
Too faint-hearted? These are the best moisturisers for your face (no needles necessary):