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Dept of daft: Placenta face mask

February 28, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
This mask delivers placenta to your face and is supposed to give "tired, lackluster skin a non-surgical facelift". EMK Placental, a Beverly Hills based company that has just brought out the Texal Mask, doesn't say where it sources its placenta from (humans or sheep?). It does boast at some length about the 16 amino acids that the Texal placenta mask contains.

Fair enough, but don't babies look really wrinkled when they are just born. Is placenta really a credible anti-ager? Not according to the FDA. Years ago, the FDA declared placenta products (supplements or creams) as ineffective and misbranded.

The Texal Mask also contains chitosan. This another somewhat controversial ingredient. It comes from shellfish and is mostly used as a fertilizer. There are disputed claims that it is an effective weight loss drug. I haven't a clue how it contributes to a non-surgical facelift.

Trivia: Marsupial mammals do not produce a placenta
  • July 11, 2015

    by Sandra

    I know this is a significantly older article but wanted to comment anyways.

    I read some articles, last year I believe, which mention placenta-type products cause hormonal imbalances in women & girls who use them, including hair care products - which the article specifically stated are widely used by African-American women/teenagers/girls. Apparently it has been found that cancers & various hormonal abnormalities of certain types occur at higher rates/more commonly in this segment of the population, although I'm sure this would negatively affect all women of all races who use placenta-type products, if this is true. I wish I had saved the articles for future reference as I don't know how much of this is factual.

    Regardless, it made sense to me & I make sure that none of my own products contain anything related to placenta. I'm going to continue to look into this for my own knowledge as I'm very curious about this.

  • November 3, 2011

    by Marta

    Extremely funny spoof on Crushable on Gwyneth Paltrow's use of placenta in her moisturizer

  • March 30, 2008

    by Steve

    <p>Derived from chitin, a polysaccharide found in the exoskeletons of shrimp, lobster, and crabs. It is used widely in pharmaceuticals as a base in formulations. There is also extensive research showing it can be effective in wound healing, as well as having antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (Sources: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, November 2002, pages 1453–1459;Biomaterials, November 2001, pages 2959–2966; International Journal of Food Microbiology, March 2002, pages 65–72; Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2001, pages 1047–1067; and British Journal of Plastic Surgery, October 2000, pages 601–606). </p>

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