Can silkworm cocoons wipe away wrinkles?
Most women long to have a line-free complexion, but would you rub silkworm cocoons on your face to get rid of wrinkles?
It may sound bizarre, but according to UK-based guinea pig Frances Childs, it actually works.
The cocoons are actually casings that mulberry silkworms spin for themselves before they turn into moths, and they are the same ones used to spin silks in industrial production.
Harvested in Asia, they’re about the size of a fingertip and are available online for as little as $6 for ten.
So how do they work, exactly? Well, for best results, Frances advises immersing the cocoons in hot water to soften them. Then, she says to rub them gently over your face (much like you would a facial cleanser), concentrating on your lines and blemishes.
Hailed on Internet forums as the latest anti-ageing solution, the cocoons may be more than just a fad, with cosmetic specialists such as the UK’s Dr Michael Prager praising the treatment.
According to Dr Prager, the secret ingredient is “serecin, the substance that binds the silk thread together” which is “an amazing protein, containing 18 amino acids, which will definitely help your complexion.”
In Frances’ case, acne spots, UV damage and scarring were improved by 20 per cent, with her skin texture becoming better than 96 per cent of women her age in just three weeks. And her wrinkles? They noticeably softened, especially around the mouth and eyes.
Even so, after discovering that the silkworm, which looks like a lot like a maggot, spins the cocoon from its saliva glands, I’m not sure this particular home remedy is for me.
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