Get a facial done with worm castings if you want younger looking skin.
Desire to look young is not a new phenomenon. It seems however, that everyone, irrespective of gender, is in an unspoken race to look young. The market for anti-aging creams has been booming in our youth-obsessed culture. Whatever magazine one is looking in, ads upon ads are found that show off the newest ways to look young and to rejuvenate/invigorate skin and to iron wrinkles. Strange as it may sound, the latest breakthrough in skin care might come from the bowels of earthworms known as worm castings.
The whole idea behind using worm castings for skincare began with observation of organic farmers who often have thriving worm populations. They know that earthworm castings make plants grow larger and faster by promoting healthy stem cells and extending the life cycle with an arsenal of anti-aging enzymes. These farmers would create worm tea (a mix of castings in water, in fact a popular plant food) and apply it to skin for getting relief from psoriasis and eczema symptoms. Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These patches are typically red, itchy and scaly varying in severity from small and localized to complete body coverage. Indications of Eczema (also termed as atopic dermatitis) include inflammation of the skin that is characterized by itchy, erythematous, vesicular, weeping and crusting patches. According to someone named Joanna,
The homemade facial mask made from worm castings leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated, softer and with tighter pores; my face also feels tingly and energetic.
A product termed as wrinkle butter by GSC Products LLC has been introduced in the market that claims to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production besides serving as a remedy for psoriasis and Eczema. Wrinkle butter has been featured by the doctors as Hollywood’s best kept beauty secret. This proprietary blend is said to consist of green tea, cayenne, hyaluronic acid, vegetable glycerine, and an aromatic natural organic base of diverse kinds of butter including that from mango, shea, and cocoa. Shea is an African tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). The butter (fat) derived from this tree used in cosmetics as a moisturizer. It is a triglyceride consisting mainly of stearic and oleic acids.
Interestingly or not, the proprietary blend mentioned contains worm castings, more specifically earthworm poop complex as the most important ingredient. This complex is an extract made from organic earthworm poop known as castings. The worm castings are generally sterilized and made into an extract of water and sterilized tincture. This component naturally contain copper peptides, humates, auxins, kinetins and cytokinins that act as an anti-aging compounds when applied to human skin. These chemical ingredients are clinically proven to repair damaged skin. This innovative ingredient is claimed to contain more anti-aging compounds than the most expensive beauty products. It not only repairs the skin damage but prevents it from further deterioration. Besides, it stimulates healthy cell growth, collagen production, firming of skin, hydration and uptake of nutrients, and last but not the least, fights those free radicals. The net and immediate result of using the product being a skin that is firmer, softer and much more elastic. And one may believe or not, the earthworm castings do not at all smell like poop of any kind even though no scent is used in the formulation except for the butter of different origin as mentioned elsewhere.
For a more science-oriented reader it will be interesting to know that Charles Darwin (father of evolutionary theory commonly known as Darwinism) is reported to have said,
Every living thing on Earth once passed through the digestive system of an earthworm.
For the consolation of those who may be tilted towards using worm castings as part of facials, these creatures are also said to be one of the cleanest on the planet. Interesting enough, earthworm powder (made from dried worms), is already being used to extract cancer fighting enzymes for drug development.
One may find it interesting as well to know that bird droppings are not exactly what we think about when we imagine a facial. Use of bird poop in a facial dates back to the days of the Geisha in late 6th century. Geisha are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various arts such as classical music, dance, games and conversation, mainly to entertain male customers. They would use this method to remove all of the heavy white lead-based makeup that they wore. The modernized version uses ultraviolet light to sanitize the nightingale droppings, which are then mixed with rice bran to exfoliate and brighten the skin.
Whether or not one is attracted towards using excrements of one or the other origin for a facial, is an individual preference, but one thing that can be taken away from all this is that if you have ever been working in a garden or playing in the dirt, you can be covered with worm castings from head to toe; the farmers definitely learned from experience that made them use worm tea for skin treatment. Besides enzymes and other chemicals, presence of probiotics (beneficial microorganisms) in the earthworm castings could be one of the important ingredients for skincare.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.