Everything About Leeches & Skincare
You would be surprised to know that leech therapy’s first known in Egypt about 2,500 years ago. Leeches were used to restore bodily fluids and heal the skin of various ailments and health issues. In Indian Ayurveda, leech therapy is known as Raktamokshan (one of the Panchakarmas) or blood purification therapy to treat skin disorders like psoriasis, eczema, acne, abscesses, swelling, alopecia, leucoderma and chronic itching.
The process of leech therapy
The process begins with nearly painless bites as the leeches start working on your skin with their 300 micro-teeth. The sensation is similar to having tattoo needles jab on your skin or insect bites . During this process, the leeches suck out the impure blood from your system and release certain enzymes in your blood that heal your skin and fill it with radiance afterwards.
The leech Facial (face-lift)
Would you do anything to stay young? Specifically, would you let someone attach leeches to your body and mix the blood they sucked out of you into a mask to be smeared back onto your face? This is a real cosmetic procedure for those willing to go the extra mile to preserve their beauty.
A wacky beauty fad for the strong-hearted
Leech therapy is exactly what it sounds like.Few of medicinal leeches are placed on your skin under the guidance of a trained medical professional to let these slimy blood-suckers do their magic by drawing out the skin abnormalitycausing bacteria from your body and gift you blemish-free, softer and younger looking skin.
I know the thought of creepy bloodsucking creatures crawling on your cheeks and feasting on your blood makes your stomach crunch.
But their saliva is known to be the magic potion for your skin, if you can get past the initial revulsion. For example, 60 different proteins are found in the saliva that the leeches secrete. The most important of these is hirudin — a protein anti-coagulant that helps the blood from clotting. These proteins also induce vasodilation and stop platelet-forming scabs for wounds. The leeches also help promote blood flow and release the tension created by toxic blood in your system.
Leech Facial & Celebrities
During a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather Dubrow discussed her experience with the vampire-friendly facial on-air. “Supposedly, the leech therapy brightens your skin, tightens your skin, and gives you a youthful glow,” said Dubrow. And she’s not the only celeb dabbling in this ancient medical treatment.
Actress Demi Moore traveled all the way to Austria for a “leech detox” and recounted her experience with the “high-level bloodsuckers” during an interview on the Late Show with David Letterman. “You just watch [the leech] swell up and it gets fatter and fatter and then when it’s super drunk on your blood, it just kind of rolls over like it’s stumbling out of the bar,” said Moore.
Miranda Kerr looks like she’s been frozen in time, blessed with skin that would make any twenty something green with envy. At a health and wellness conference hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, the 34 year old supermodel was interviewed by Gwyneth about her beauty secrets – which include leech facials.
When Miranda revealed that she had tried the treatment, everyone was taken aback.
Miranda explained to the stunned Goop audience, ‘It’s adventurous. Health is wealth. They’ve been doing leech therapy for thousands of years.’
A BRAVE beauty junkie has tried out the latest extreme anti-ageing trend – by letting a live leech suck on her face.
Sabrina Sieck endured the gruesome treatment, which is loved by stars including supermodel Miranda Kerr, as advocates claim it leaves you feeling and looking healthier.
Sabrina said: “Believe it or not, I wouldn’t hesitate to try leech therapy again whether for medical issues like migraines or simply for beauty. My skin has never felt so soft.