As the source of oxygen, nutrition and protection for a fetus, the placenta has long been revered for its regenerative properties. Since ancient times, Eastern cultures have used it as an ingredient in medicine and other health products. It’s even believed that Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette applied placenta to their faces as a regular part of their beauty routine.
In more recent years, placenta-mainly from sheep-began popping up on the beauty market in the 1940s as an ingredient in hair products and creams. Shortly after this, the FDA challenged manufacturers and had them change their marketing to clarify that “placenta” was actually just extracted hormones and not part of the placenta, as it was billed.
Now, however, it seems placenta-based products are appearing on shelves once again, and offering even more anti-aging claims than before. Since placenta contains such high amounts of nutrients, collagen and amino acids, it is suggested that it may rejuvenate the skin, while increasing cell renewal.
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