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Would You Try a Breast Milk Facial?

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Snail slime, placenta, foreskin, and bird poop are just a few of the secret (and frankly, gross) beauty ingredients that we’ve reported on over the years for their wide range of skincare benefits. In the latest installment, we bring you: breast milk.

Newly-opened Chicago-based salon Mud will soon offer a $10 “extra pampering” option to their sensitive skin facial: a breast milk substitution. 

While this may sound like the latest of crazy fads, a quick Google search shows that mommy bloggers and natural beauty junkies alike have been boasting the multi-purpose benefits of breast milk for quite some time—not only as a cleanser to help treat acne and eczema, but as eye makeup remover or in place of chapstick for dry lips (apparently, you can even use breast milk as contact lens solution?!). While the jury is still out on some of the wackier uses, the skin-healing benefits are actually backed by research too. Studies have shown lauric acid, found in breast milk, to possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties against acne.

But back to the facial—while there is a certain ick factor when you think about putting breast milk on your face, when it comes to safety, you can rest assured that the milk is sourced from local moms who are registered with a certified milk bank and medically screened, reports Fox.

Still not sold? There may be a way to reap the benefits without, you know, putting a stranger's breast milk on your face. Pure coconut oil actually is nature’s richest source of lauric acid, composed of 50 percent lauric acid compared to breast milk's 6 to 10 percent—not to mention, it's a lot easier to come by! (Try these 20 DIY Beauty Products to Get Pampered on Less—including a coconut oil blemish cream.)

We think we’ll stick to the coconut oil, but hey, to each their own!

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