Made popular by socialite and businesswoman, Kim Kardashian and her claims that a Vampire Facial is what keeps her looking young and rested. Since then, the Vampire Facial has become a sought-after alternative to injecting wrinkle-filling chemicals beneath the skin. But does what works for the starlet work for everyone?
What is a Vampire Facial
As much as it looks like a scene from a horror film, this rejuvenating skincare treatment is relatively painless and patients claim results are noticeable wi
Basically, you are tricking your body into thinking it has small dermal wounds that need repairing. As a response, your body increases blood flow, collagen, and restorative cells and platelets to the “injection” sites.
Benefits of the Vampire Facial
Dermal fillers, nerve blockers, and other unnatural cosmetic procedures come with a host of risks that far outweigh those of the Vampire facial. Primarily due to the fact that those processes include injecting foreign substances into your body which PRP uses your own cells.
Each facial costs $1,500- $4000 and boasts pretty spectacular results. Here are the potential benefits of the Vampire Facial people can expect after a few rounds of treatment.
Stimulated Collagen Production
When it comes to any anti-aging skincare, it’s all about collagen. Most products offer a topical collagen application or you can consume collagen and over time it may slow the loss of collagen production that happens naturally.
The Vampire Facial can trigger the collagen production and strengthen the latticework of the face. It tripwires your body into healing the skin. Plasma contains growth factors it uses to treat a wound. This results in cellular turnover and increased collagen.
Improve Skin Texture
Along with wrinkles and aging skin, the Vampire Facial treats uneven texture. One study found PRP was more effective at smoothing skin texture than the leading texture-reducing treatment. Texture on the face is often the result of acne scars, skin trauma, or a buildup of skin cells. Vampire facials may help with all three.
Rejuvenate and Restore Youth
The brightening effect may be worth the blood. Alpha Granules are separated from your plasma and contain high levels of growth factors that boost the elastin in your skin. This makes everything look tighter and lifted without going under the knife.
Many people are willing to do almost anything to prevent signs of aging skin–besides surgery. This makes the Vampire Facial an ideal alternative. Blood is drawn just as it would be for a blood test (often via your arm). This it’s spun in a centrifuge where the most valuable parts are separated.
From there, the dermatologist will either inject or micro-needle the plasma onto the surface of the face. The plasma can all be used in combination with microdermabrasion or a resurfacing laser depending on your skin goals.
Alternatives to the Vampire Facial
Is the Vampire Facial natural? Well, as natural as smearing your own blood on your face can be. It doesn’t require any additional chemicals though it is often used with other procedures that introduce a variety of ingredients to the skin. But for the most part, the benefits are from your own body’s natural skin elasticity-boosting elixir and it doesn’t get closer to nature than that.
If you want to avoid needles altogether but still boost collagen, improve elasticity, reduce texture, and rejuvenate your skin–here are a few things you can do.
Ice Mask/Ice Bath for your face. Improve circulation and restore radiance by submerging your face into a bowl of ice water every morning and every night.
Gua Sha massage relaxes facial muscles, stimulates collagen production, depuffs the face, and encourages lymphatic drainage. This is great for sculpting your jawline while knocking a few years off of your skin. Practice Gua Sha using collagen-boosting essential oils.
Hydrate and moisturize. That’s right, something as simple as drinking water and moisturizing your skin works wonders at preventing wrinkles. Fine lines thrive in a dry environment. So don’t give them one!
SPF. Sun protection is critical for the health and longevity of your skin. 50+ SPF only. Wearing natural makeup that contains SPF is an easy way to get added protection.
The Vampire Facial may not be for everyone. But it’s a much safer alternative to injecting toxins to tighten your skin. Fortunately, natural anti-aging practices can keep the need for the blood mask at bay. Remember, in the end, Km Kardashian said she will never get another Vampire Facial simply because it was too painful for her.