If you’ve got any interest in the beauty industry, or in celebrities, then you’ve probably heard of the Vampire Facial.
And if you haven’t heard of it, you might still be familiar with this picture:
Now, I’m not much of a thrill seeker in other areas, but when it comes to weird beauty treatments, I’m pretty much up for anything. So when I was offered the chance to try a Factor4 treatment, AKA a Vampire Facial, I couldn’t not. As it turns out, what I had done looked a little different from Kim Kardashian’s pictures — but the ‘after’ shot is just as gory.
Vampire Facials earn their name. The active ingredient is human blood - your own. Before your first treatment, your blood is harvested, then it’s processed, and injected back into your face. Yes. You read that right.
The technical name for the process is an autologous plasma injection. The Vampire Facial doesn’t just take blood out of your arm and shoot it into your face, first they agitate the blood with sterile beads, then they use a centrifuge to separate the blood, then they extract the blood serum (the bits of your blood that aren’t red or white cells, or clotting factors), filter it and freeze it. (Post continues after gallery)