Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Something's wrong here.

America obviously has its priorities out of whack.

PETA goes berzerk when companies mistreat animals or use animal parts in their products. Absolutely berzerk.

They will go to the extent of putting naked people all over the street because "they'd rather go naked than wear fur." And, have you seen the commercials for PETA? Geez Louise. Saying they're inappropriate would be an understatement.

So, here's a random observation:
Why is no one up-in-arms about SkinMedica's TNS Recovery Complex Facial Cream?

You ask, "Why would someone be up-in-arms over a facial cream?"

No, it's not made with pig placentas.

To state it simply, this facial cream has male parts in it ... baby male parts (you know the parts that get cut off at birth).

No lie.

And, no one says anything about this?


I discovered this little gem of information from my friend, Courtney, when she claimed she received a sample of this from Sephora. To which, I, and everyone else in the room was sure she was mistaken. We said it must have been from cows or some other animal. Who would want to put that ingredient on their eyes? And, what is the benefit to that ingredient? Sorry for not believing you, Court. You were right.

You can read about it here.

I only have one question:
Would parents be happy to know that doctors are taking this skin and selling it for around $100,000 without their consent?

Now, I am not totally opposed to this because honestly the skin I'm assuming would just be thrown out. So, why not make some use out of it? There are some good uses for it, like grafts for burn victims, or eyelid replacement procedures, etc. But, facial cream?

But, here's the most interesting part of this whole discussion which could raise many more ethical questions.

Research is being done where scientists use this skin to create human embryos. Here's the link, but I warn you, unless you're a microbiologist, you probably won't understand a word of it.

So, I'm curious.

Would you have a problem purchasing this cream? (It is $100 a bottle ... less than an ounce.) Why?

And, what do you think about this skin being used to make human embryos?

If the skin were being taken from a cow, PETA would be throwing a fit, breaking down doors, and painting some naked lady like a tiger and putting her in a cage on the street (true story ... as protest to circus coming to town). Just sayin' ... something's out of whack.


sara said...

Are you kidding me?!!!

The first thing that hit me is that I have two boys....and the thought of their "parts" going to make a facial cream is quite nauseating!

How can doctors sell that skin without the permission of the parents? It's not their skin to sell!!

I wouldn't buy the cream for that reason.....however, I wouldn't buy any facial cream for $100/ounce!

Do they advertise what is in it?!!

Kimberly said...

You find the most interesting stuff! I read the link that you embedded in your post it says:"The cream does not contain any actual human tissue but only the growth hormone left over from growing artificial skin." I assume the skin they grow does go on to be used for burn victims and eyelids, etc. (which is something I support)Since I am one who would totally have botox or even surgery if I felt it was necessary, I guess this is a safer alternative. My only question is, since I have a son, do I get a discount?? Cuz I am not paying $100 bucks for this!!... at least not yet! :-)

Mama Belle said...

I know it contains only the growth hormone from artificial skin, but the artificial skin and hormone come from real skin.

TAMS said...

Two words...Ggg-ross! But, thanks for the inside info. :)

Jeanette said...


I think I will grow old gracefully with an extra 100 bucks in my pocket :}

McElroy Family Happenings said...

Well, well, well....interesting. Knowing what I know about it I won't be buying it. Regarding the price? Well, when I have money to burn I typically burn it on shoes!

PETA gets me all riled up...so I won't comment further! They're just a bunch of weirdos.

Lily said...

Human placenta is used in a lot of beauty products too. And yes, that makes me say "ew" too and wonder how much the hospitals made from the four placentas that I gave them. Somehow I didn't see that deducted from my hospital bills!

Lily said...

And no- I wouldn't pay $100 for any facial cream, especially if it had 'special skin cells' in it.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

I think it's safe to say that I am officially grossed out. Oh my gosh. I wish you could see the look on my face; it would say it all.

And then to charge such a ridiculous amount for that? Ugh.

Are they gonna go for our deceased grandparents next?

Double ugh.