By now, we’ve all heard the rumors that semen (yes, actual semen) can work wonders for your skin, but still, we’ve got to admit we’re skeptical. While your boyfriend might use that information to his advantage in hopes of giving you a little facial of his own, it’s important to know the facts before moving forward.
Just like anything else, we’ve come to learn that spreading semen on your face does have its ups… but, it also has its downs.
In case you didn’t know, semen includes urea, which is found in urine. Although this may sound like one of the cons of lathering semen on your skin, it’s actually a pro. Why? Because believe it or not, pee is a natural toner. Mind = blown.
Other than urea, semen is also packed with protein which is a major plus for your skin. Not only does protein work to tighten the skin, but it also nourishes it with calcium, zinc, magnesium, potassium and fructose. Sounds pretty legit to us!
Still, that’s not all semen’s got stored in it — there’s also spermine, which is one hell of a powerful antioxidant. According to Dr. Patricia Farris, a leading dermatologist, not only do antioxidants “help to reduce wrinkles and aging” but they also are highly effective in “reducing inflammation, such as rosacea.”
In fact, the hype over spermine is so real that it’s even been synthesized in labs and sold as a facial cream for up to $250. DAMN! (The good news is, if you’ve got a guy who’s willing to share his load, you won’t even have to drop all that dough)
However, when we said spermine was one hell of an antioxidant, we weren’t kidding. According to Pub Med, spermine is SO intense that it can even cause DNA damage, which is linked to cancer.
Now, that is one scary con.
A little less frightening than cancer, is the fact that the topical application of testosterone can cause acne (however, we’d still like to avoid it). And yup, you guessed it — semen is rich in testosterone.
So — do the pros of slapping some semen on your skin outweigh the cons? That one’s completely your call — choose carefully.