kate middleton and michelle obama

I don’t know about you, but I find it stretches credulity to imagine Kate Middleton giving Michelle Obama skincare tips. But so says the First Lady’s makeup artist, Clay Ray. Now, I am sorry to sound all prissy and English about this, but I don’t think you can still refer to the Duchess of Cambridge by her maiden name. And, secondly, he shouldn’t be blabbing about his client’s skin care secrets. Especially, when it is something called Biotulin, “a bio Botox gel.”

Biotulin ($63) calls itself “organic Botox” on account of its key ingredients, two botanical extracts that can make you look younger in just 60 minutes.

The first is acmella oleracea, also known as the toothache plant. It behaves like an herbal Orajel due to the presence of analgesic alkylamides called spilanthol. This is effectively a local anaesthetic action (source). Handy if you have toothache, but numbing is not the same as inhibiting movement (the action of Botox).

Based on this action alone, I can’t see Biotulin doing much for Michelle Obama’s wrinkles. Still, spilanthol does have a few other things going for it such as antioxidant properties, research suggests it may help against malaria, it induces saliva and it may increase testosterone.

The second is plant extract is imperata cylindrical and, since it has become an invasive weed in parts of the U.S., we should be grateful for someone putting it to use. According to Biotulin, it thrives in deserts and will keep the skin moisturized for hours. Cosmetic manufacturers seem to be a bit confused about this plant though, as another potion maker says that it survives floods.

Either way, I couldn’t find any research on it being a moisturizer, although plenty of studies show it to be an insecticide. If all else fails Michelle could make use of it in the White House Rose Garden.