What It Is: The “Hollywood EGF Facial”, otherwise known as the “Penis Facial” thanks to stars like Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, who both swear by it for radiant, glowy skin
Who Tried It: Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor
Why We Tried It: Let me ask you this: Would you pass up the chance to have skin that looks as smooth as Blanchett or Bullock’s? (We didn’t think so.)
Level of Difficulty: 2, if you factor in very mild pain and upkeep
It all started back in March, when Blanchett opened up about her skincare secret: a special facial at esthetician Georgia Louise‘s New York City skincare atelier, which Bullock turned her on to. She called it the “Penis Facial” — which, after further investigation, we learned got its name from the treatment’s ingredients. And on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bullock explained not only why the treatment is so good, but also the reason behind the name.
Bullock explains that through a microneedling technique, the facial boosts collagen by enabling serums, including an epidermal growth factor (or EGF) serum to seep deeper into the skin. The serum, she tells DeGeneres, is “an extraction from a piece of skin that came from a young person far, far away.” But as DeGeneres bluntly points out, the EGF is derived from “foreskin from a Korean baby.”Yes, she’s right. The serum is made from the foreskin of a baby’s penis. As a representative for Louise explains, “For the Hollywood EGF Facial treatment, Georgia Louise uses her TCA peels, 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.”
But according to Bullock, it’s not what you’re thinking. “It’s not like I’m lying there with little pieces all over my face,” she laughs. “I call it the penis facial. And I think when you see how good it is to your face, you too will run to your local facialist and say, ‘give me the penis.'”
And that, my friends, is exactly what I did — but instead of just any facialist, I went straight to the Louise’s NYC spa to receive the exact treatment that Bullock and Blanchett have received. Spoiler alert: I didn’t end up looking like her, but my skin looked pretty damn good for days afterward.