Technology has progressed so fast and come so far, it’s a paradox to be looking for the holy grail of youth in something as primitive as… well, baby foreskin. But before you dismiss this as witchcraft, there is some science to back the claims.

According to Dr. Gail Naughton, a leader in regenerative science who developed technology to grow human tissues and organs outside the body, when we’re born, our skin is in its best shape. Our cells naturally secrete proteins known as growth factors that keep the cells healthy and stimulate them to divide. As we age, our cells divide at a slower rate, which contribute to the telltale signs of aging, like wrinkles and loss of firmness and luminosity. Growth factors captured from the donated foreskin of a baby (just one can generate over a million treatments) are at their peak ability in promoting rapid cell turnover. Applied topically, they spur adult skin cells to regenerate. This is said to have a smoothing effect on the skin.

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In fact, scientists and doctors have been in a race to find the next big thing to recapture youth on women’s faces. For those who are a little leery of using genitalia on their faces, here are some more glamourous and straight forward options to help your skin stay supple and firm even as you age.

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  1. Youth Savant

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Youth Savant’s claim to fame is a protein called PDRN, also known as polydeoxyribonucleotide. This kickstarts the salvage pathway of the DNA recovery process, which means that it helps keep your skin’s DNA young. By maintaining youthful genetics for your skin, your skin will be able to heal optimally, look brighter and experience improved tone and texture, while staying in a more resilient and youthful state for longer. Delivered via tiny microinjections into the surface of the skin, Youth Savant may take some courage to undergo but our tester found the procedure very comfortable! In fact, even with the threat of pin prick marks, the downtime was minimal, especially with a skillful application of makeup. The results however was almost immediate and so visible that a return visit was definitely on the cards, according to our tester.

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  1. BBL Forever Young

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Needle phobes have no fear. Not all youth elixirs have to be delivered via injections. BBL Forever Young is one such treatment. It activates younger looking skin by using a special wavelength of broad band light. Just like the right conditions enabling plants to photosynthesize, the optimal band and energies of BBL Forever Young will stimulate a few key benefits— brighter skin, improved complexion colour and anti-aging effects. Out tester was all praise for this light therapy, though she did warn that even with goggles, bright flashes of light could be felt. But the compliments she received that evening from her friends more than made up for it, and she says she is definitely addicted to this forward-thinking skin therapy.

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With the plethora of options out there claiming to deliver the promise of youthful skin, it’s no wonder that we have to use our “bullshit” radar to navigate the good from the bad, the useful from the useless. What doesn’t really work for us were miracle creams or home devices. Perhaps we haven’t used them for a duration that was long enough (read: 10 years) but if we want to see results in this lifetime, we are placing our bets on the technology that actually delivers.

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