How does a 'penis facial' work, what has Sandra Bullock said about it and who else is a fan of the treatment?

Actress Sandra Bullock, 53, defended the unusual beauty treatment during a hilarious appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show – here's what you need to know about it.


How does the 'penis facial' work?

The penis facial is actually the nickname given to a procedure that uses a special epidermal growth factor (EGF) serum.

This EGF serum uses stem cells cultivated from the foreskins of Korean infants. Yes you heard right.

Stem cells are often used to help brighten and regenerate skin, but facialist Georgia Louise sources the cells from the baby foreskins for a number of reasons.

"Young” stem cells are thought to activate ageing cells, so they produce more collagen and wrinkles and cause fine lines disappear.

And Korea has a large supply of foreskins obtained during circumcision, as is the general custom for young boys.

South Korea in particular is home to a large number of stem cell banks, and the cells can be exported round the world.

The stem cells are harvested in a centrifuge and then delivered to salons, where facialists pump them into the skin using a microneedling process to stimulate collagen production.

Georgia received her professional training in France, Switzerland and the UK.

According to her treatment menu: "The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by her ‘secret box’ of EGF serum (epidermal growth factor).

"EGF is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin – which helps to generate collagen and elastin.

"FDA approved stem cells and peptides are penetrated deep into the skin using a special electric micro-needling wand.

"This process allows the active ingredients to be transported deep in the skin by creating temporary micro-channel."

What did Sandra Bullock say about the treatment?


During her appearance on Ellen, Sandra revealed that she swears by the "penis facial" to keep her young.

The 53-year-old joked: "I think when you see how good it is to your face you to will run to your local facialist, and say 'give me the penis!'"

In the rib-tickling exchange Ellen, who is married to actress Portia de Rossi, replied: "I'm never going to say that!"

Which other stars have had 'penis facials'?

Cate Blanchett, 48, was the first Hollywood start to reveal an enthusiasm for the treatment, and coined its somewhat less-than-glamorous name.

The star said: "Sandy [Sandra] Bullock and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial and it’s something – I don’t know what it is, or whether it’s just cause it smells a bit like sperm – there’s some enzyme in it so Sandy refers to it as the penis facial."

Many A-listers have visited Manhattan-based facialist Georgia, including model Linda Evangelista, actress Emma Stone, designer Alexander Wang and singer Katy Perry.

Georgia told MailOnline: “It's a tremendous treatment but the 'street name' for it is hilarious.

"Poor Cate, I don't know how she's going to cope with all the reaction. I've heard some people say, 'Oh, she's got c*** on her face!'

"That's obviously not the case, but yes… ridiculous.”

At £465 ($650) you will certainly pay the price for the foreskin treatment.

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