London: Even in a town obsessed by youth, Victoria Beckham’s latest beauty treatment is sure to raise eyebrows – facials made from sheep placenta and gold flakes.
The 38-year-old fashion designer regularly visits Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr Harold Lancer for the afterbirth ‘fixes’ that are said to harness the power of the sheep’s stem cells.
The 320 pound-a-time treatments are just the latest in a long list of bizarre beauty fixes that the WAG endures in her quest for eternal youth.
Footballer David Beckham’s wife is reported to be a devotee of a ‘nightingale poop’ facial made from the excrement of a rare bird found only on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
And she is also said to slather on night cream containing bee venom in an effort to plump up her epidermis.
Historically, nightingale droppings were used to remove stains from silk garments in Japan, while geishas used them to whiten their skin.
Lancer, who works out of luxurious offices in Rodeo Drive, is keen to ensure his placentas come from only prime New Zealand livestock.
“These sheep are completely untouched by the modern world,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
“It is very important as they have no impurities in their system whatsoever. The stem cells we harvest are amniotic cells, which means no harm is caused to the animals.
“The stem cells are preserved because they are full of rich nutrients that fight free-radical damage to the skin and make it more radiant,” he said.
After the cells are extracted, they are flash-frozen and then mixed into a gel containing gold flecks and other ingredients, which is spread over the face.
A spokeswoman for the doctor confirmed that Mrs Beckham has been a regular patient for ‘several years’.
“Victoria is a devotee of Dr Lancer’s products and is someone who always wants the latest and best in anti-ageing treatment,” she said.
“She has had the stem cell facial several times already. She visits the office every two weeks when she is in town,” the spokeswoman said.
The former ‘Spice Girls’ member has tweeted about her love of Dr Lancer’s products, including his 70 pound-a-tube skin moisturiser Nourish.
Her 90-minute placenta facials start with a regular exfoliation.
The face is exposed to steam, then red LED light from a handheld device, which opens the pores, before the gold-flecked gel is applied.
Dr Lancer’s other clients include Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Renee Zellweger and Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards.
“The LED light dilates the blood vessels and makes the skin more receptive to the stem cells,” Lancer said.
“Stem cells are a buzzword in today’s world but not everyone understands what they do,” he said/
He claimed the protein-rich cells ‘give significant nutrition to the skin’.
“The stem cells interact with your own cells, basically telling them to wake up, produce collagen and stimulate new cell growth. Gold particles are included as gold helps to diffuse the stem cells and acts as the transdermal delivery system to help it work into the skin,” he said.
After the gel, the beauticians run a galvanised metal probe over the skin ‘to ensure the product penetrates deeply’.
Finally, oxygen is added ‘to continue to enhance activation of the stem cells and stimulate the skin’.
“The treatment provides instant results. Patients report decreased wrinkles and a glowing complexion,” he added.