Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl, fashionista and wife of soccer superstar David Beckham, will apparently go to any length to maintain her beauty as she approaches middle age. But her latest regime is absolutely ghoulish.
Beckham, 44, regularly spends $1,500 a pop on moisturizer made from…yes, her own blood.
Dr. Barbara Sturm, a German “molecular scientist” developed the so-called “vampire facial.” The anti-ageing face cream is based on injecting proteins extracted from blood into the skin to rejuvenate cells.
Sturm studied sports medicine at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, and practiced orthopedics for several years before launching her cosmetics practice. She doesn’t publicize her age, but admits she has a 20-something daughter.
Sturm believes “inflammation is one of the main culprits of the aging process” according to Forbes, which hypes her creams as the “Fountain of Youth.”
Her products are reportedly “uncomplicated yet highly effective skincare regime that hydrates, protects and regenerates the skin,” according to the Website for her company, Molecular Cosmetics.
The site goes on to say:
“The line is a synergy of unique and innovative active ingredients combined with potent natural extracts. The skincare line deploys the anti-aging ingredient Purslane, also called the ‘fountain of youth drug.’ Purslane activates the immortality enzyme telomerase in our cells and delivers
anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory effects to the skin.”
Purslane, also known as verdolaga, red root, or pursley, is a plant that contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular) than any other leafy vegetable.
Studies have found that it also contains vitamins–mainly vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B, carotenoids)–and dietary minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron.
It’s been consumed by humans since prehistoric times and is common in much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico. When eaten raw, it has a slightly sour and salty taste.
Victoria Beckham says she first heard about the products when she visited Sturm’s clinic in Dusseldorf, Germany, last week.
The former Spice Girl, who has children Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, and Cruz, 13 and seven-year-old Harper, discovered the product while taking her daughter for a “baby facial” at the clinic.
“Dr Sturm took my blood and created healing factors made by my own cells, which is highly anti-inflammatory and regenerative. I’ll be testing it out this week both morning and night!” the former songstress wrote on her Instagram page.
According to the process, a patient’s own blood cells are used to produce proteins which are supposed to “jump-start” the healing process and help to rejuvenate skin cells.
A patient’s blood is drawn, then spun into a custom-blended cream for each patient, spawning the so-called “Vampire Facial” name.
The basis for the cream is what’s known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. It was popularized after NBA star Kobe Bryant flew to Europe in 2013 to undergo the treatment to help heal a torn Achilles tendon. Hence, the treatment became known as the “Kobe Procedure.”
The federal Food and Drug Administration approved the procedure in 2009. Its cosmetic effects went mainstream in fashion circles after Kim Kardashian had a vampire facial on an episode of her short-lived reality series “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.”
Models Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and celebrities such as Angela Bassett and Cher, are known to use the product.
Dr. David L. Cangello, MD, FACS, told Refinery29 last year that he had been using the procedure in his New York City practice for about six months.
“By isolating plasma that is rich in platelets and adding more of these growth factors, wound healing and tissue regeneration is faster, which has benefits that range from healing sports-related injuries to stimulating regeneration of components of the skin for anti-aging purposes,” he said.
But he also acknowledged that there is “a lack of solid scientific evidence to support its usefulness” for skin care.
There is really no known downside to using it on the face, and there is potential that it may have some benefit, he said. “We just don’t know for sure because the proper controlled studies have not been done.”