Sandra Bullock Facing Backlash For Baby Foreskin Facial Feature. Yep.
"It's not like I'm lying there with little pieces [of penis] on my face!"
This is not a sentence we thought we'd ever have to write but... it looks like Sandra Bullock is facing some criticism after revealing her love of a controversial beauty treatment she dubbed the "penis facial".
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres the Ocean's 8 star revealed her very... particular beauty secret.
"It's this way in which one forces, through micro needling, it pushes through the skin and ruptures the collagen and then boosts it," she explained before DeGeneres asked her to go into further detail of just what was being "pushed through".
"Well... you push in whatever the facialist would like to insert into your pores... it is an extraction... from a piece of skin that came from a young person far far away and they somehow figured out how to extract-" the 53-year-old said before DeGeneres cut her off announcing:
"It's foreskin from a Korean baby."
"It's not like I'm lying there with little pieces on my face!" Bullock defended before revealing she and her co-star Cate Blanchett swear by the treatment.
"I call it the 'Penis Facial' and I think when you see how good it is to your face you too will run to your local facialist and say... 'Give me the penis.' It's going to happen."
So what exactly IS a penis facial you may be asking?
Technically it's known as an EGF -- epidermal growth factor -- which uses stem cells to encourage rapid regeneration of your skin.
This particular type of facial just so happens to use stem cells derived from the foreskins of South Korean boys.
It's important to note that, as Bullock said, there aren't "pieces" in the serum, but rather cells that are grown in a lab. The two scientists that discovered these growth factors were actually awarded the Nobel Prize in 1986.
The story first broke when Cate Blanchett, who stars alongside Bullock in the upcoming Ocean's 8, told Vogue Australia the pair had matching treatments.
When asked what the most "outlandish" beauty treatment she had ever tried, Blanchett said, "Sandy and I saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the 'penis facial'".
"It's something -- I don't know what it is, or whether it's just 'cause it smells a bit like sperm -- there's some enzyme in it, so Sandy refers to it as the 'penis facial'".
When more and more media picked up the story Vogue quietly removed the quote from the original piece, but in the age of the Internet nothing could wipe the phrase "penis facial" from their memories.
The full facial apparently includes a chemical peel followed by micro needling, an electrifying mask and finally the EGF serum.
Speaking to PEOPLE, the woman behind the bizarre foreskin skin treatment, New York facialist Georgia Louise, said "I am always very mindful to explain radical serums and potions that I carry in my back bar so I always explain that EGF is derived from newborn baby foreskin, from which cells were taken and then cloned in a laboratory".
Louise added she now has "text threads which would blow your mind from celebs, asking for the ‘penis treatment’ all the time".
But not everybody was thrilled with the idea, and after Bullock's appearance on DeGeneres' show gave even an even larger shout-out to the treatment, many anti-circumcision groups spoke out against the actress.
Intact America, a group working to "end involuntary circumcision in America" released a statement similarly voiced by YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf.
"That Bullock and DeGeneres could joke about using foreskins, taken without consent from Korean baby boys, for a beauty treatment indicates a total lack of understanding of the ethics involved," the statement read.
"Imagine the outrage and shock if parts of the female genitalia were removed and used in hair-loss treatments for men."
This isn't the first time that EGF derived from foreskins have caused controversy. Back in 2013 Oprah Winfrey endorsed SkinMedica face creams, which again feature foreskin fibroblasts.
So there you go. You're all caught up on Sandra Bullock's penis facials.
Featured image: NBC.