When someone I knew mentioned that she was taking sheep placenta pills for her skin, I had to ask her to write a guest review.
The Gaudy Goddess writes:
Having just touched the age of 38 and am marching on to my middle aged years, what more can I hope for, short of going under the knife? I have no fear of surgery and pain especially it is to enhance one's looks.
There's only one factor that terrifies me about the whole surgery thing: that I would look like I did go under the knife. For that reason, I eschew botox and fillers too. I don't want to end up with a candle wax face and trout lips!!!! So, I looked at a solution to enhance from inside. People are trying collagen, Coq10, stem cells and sheep placenta. Any beauty and anti-aging junkie worth his or her salt would have heard about the above mentioned. So which do I choose?
Popping into my medical aesthetician's clinic one day, I spied a pack of sheep placenta pills for sale. Actually, two different types of packs. I had made an appointment to go for one of my stem cell-type facial treatments that uses your blood (great stuff, it makes your skin glow and taut for about two weeks). The lovely girls at the clinic (yup they are all pretty!) explained to me about the two different packs. One is from New Zealand, 3 months supply for RM500+ and the other from Switzerland, RM499 for one month's supply. They recommended that I take the NZ one which has an additive of grape seed oil.
One of the girls was taking it. She said that it improved her complexion by shrinking her pores, lightening the undereye circles and alleaviating PMS problems. She said to take it only if you're 25 and above. They also recommended that I take 2 a day for 2 weeks then once daily after that.
I thought, OK, it's not too expensive if you are a beauty junkie!
Then she added, oh it's quite heaty.
Aha, warning signs. I know I am the heaty sort.
Not heeding her advice, I went home, popped one pill and in 2 hours, I felt thirsty, like crazy, stuck in the desert thirsty. I downed half a liter of water in one sitting. In 3 hours I must have downed 1.5 litres of water. The thirst felt akin to eating too much of MSG. No kidding.
12 days later, under the harsh flourescent light of my bedside lamp, I looked up close into the mirror. The pores near my nose had shrunk. The pores on my usually oily nose had also shrunk -- the pores are usually gapingly huge and stuffed with oil and blackheads which I need to evacuate about every 2 days. Not even Fraxel laser managed to close up my pores.
I am very fair with pigmentation. The sheep placenta pills claim to be able to get rid of it so I'll wait and see. So far though, my skin seems to be fairer and more consistent in colour. My dark circles also look like they have lightened up.
I don't know if it's because I have started being more conscientious about applying my makeup but my eyeliner now stays on without smudging and my face doesn't eat up the blusher. My makeup stays on the whole day and looks fresh too.
As for side effects, I don't know if it was coincidental but besides the constant thirst, I also developed dryness in my vagina (and I am always very moist and healthy there, even pre and post-menses). During my first menstrual cycle after taking the pills, my period was smooth sailing. Not much pain in the breasts, not as much bloating and the flow was quite light in comparison. I am one of those "blobbers".
I heard from a friend that one of her friends developed BO (body odour) while taking sheep placenta pills. Not surprising as it is heaty. So far, I just feel thirsty.
I am now taking it every 2-3 days -- the effects may be slower but I don't think I want to live with dryness in my vagina. Still checking on my armpits to see if I have developed BO. For people who are worried about heatiness, do a trial run before committing to the treatment.
Would I recommend it? I guess this will have to depend on what you are willing to do for beauty.