First it was sheep placenta facials. Now placenta drinks and capsules are the new beauty fix.
What are the reputed benefits? And is placenta safe?
Here’s our need-to-know breakdown.
“The ingredient of the moment”
Placenta is the ingredient of the moment on the Japanese beauty scene, according to beauty industry consultant Alisa Kerr, author of the Tokyo Beauty Book.
Beauty blogger Amy Chang recommends taking it as a supplement over applying it topically in creams or lotions.
She wrote about what happened when she tried it on a trip to Japan:
My skin was glowing by the end of our first week. The month supply of placenta supplement capsules I brought home also produced noticeable results. My hair thickened. My skin was visibly smoothed and brightened.
What are the reputed benefits?
Taken as a supplement, placenta is believed to help protect the skin from UV aging effects and oxidative stress.
Sheep placenta has been prescribed for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Chang says that using placenta for beauty is backed by science. She refers to scientific studies that offer evidence of the skin enhancing benefits of ingesting placenta.
Analysed for its nutrients, sheep placenta contains 60% protein and is rich in minerals and nutrients. It is especially high in iron and amino acids.
Know what you are buying
If you are curious to try placenta, it’s best to be sure of what you are buying and where it comes from, so you can be sure of its quality and sourcing.
For ingredient snobs (like us!), we recommend Rare By Nature 100% Sheep Placenta Capsules, which are made in Australia from 100% Australian ingredients.
Rare By Nature sources its sheep placenta from the Western District of Victoria, a farming district known for its Merino sheep.
Best of all, the capsules are 100% pure, without nasty chemical additives.
Special winter promotion: Tell us about your experience and receive your second jar free
To invite new customers to try its 100% Sheep Placenta Capsules, Rare By Nature is offering a seasonal promotion. Buy one jar and send in a review – email or video, you choose – and receive a second jar free.
Limited edition: 100 jars only. Promotion available while stocks last.