Imagine your favorite vampire, but instead of eating human blood to survive, they’re smearing it all over their faces for that #wokeuplikethis look.
That’s right — today we’re talking vampire facials.
Do they make you sensitive to garlic? Do you have to lay in a coffin? Will you turn into a bat? No, no, and obviously, no.
Vampire facials also won’t make you sparkle in sunlight. (You’ll still need body glitter for that.)
But calling them vampire facials is more than just a gimmick. It’s appropriate, because...
There Will Literally Be Blood
Vampire facials, a.k.a. blood facials or PRP treatments, use actual blood as a cosmetic.
Blood is drawn from your own arm, and doctors extract a sample of PRP — platelet-rich plasma.
The PRP is injected back into your face with a syringe or absorbed through microneedling.
Microneedling uses tiny needles to create dozens of punctures. PRP is applied to your face and sinks in through the punctures to reach lower levels of your skin.
The procedure can be expensive and painful, sometimes causing bruising and swelling for several days afterward.
PRP Therapy, A Taste of Your Own Medicine
PRP contains 8 times as many platelets as whole blood, and those platelets have human growth factors that aid in healing.
Vampire facial enthusiasts claim that the PRP gives skin a youthful glow and can treat scarring, sagging, wrinkles, acne, and even hair loss.
Some also believe that PRP helps develop new blood vessels and fat deposits, to keep your face looking plump and healthy.
Only Time (and Further Research) Will Tell
Sounds pretty awesome, right? But evidence supporting PRP facials is still on shaky ground.
PRP therapy doesn’t require approval from the FDA, so there have been few studies on its effectiveness. And even the authors of those studies admit the need for more research.
The best we can say right now is that maybe PRP supports healing and benefits our skin.
And if you do manage to get results from a vampire facial — which is NOT guaranteed — those results may take weeks or months to appear, and typically last 18 months at the most.
For Now, Keep It Simple
If a glowing complexion is your goal, there are easier, cheaper, and less painful ways to rejuvenate your skin (without resorting to an actual bloodbath).
Or get your evening mask on with our overnight Clear Skin Elixir, packed with jojoba, chamomile, and clarifying French pink clay. Bonus: it’s way cuter than being covered in blood.