The Latest Skin-Care Ingredient to Crack the Aging Code: Ostrich Egg Yolks
FACE MASK from Ostrich Land Ontario with Ostrich Yolk, Ostrich Oil and Honey.
Would you put ostrich egg yolk on your face if it could make you look younger?
The Japanese beauty brand touts antibodies in the ancient bird’s immune system as a fix for aging skin.
In L.A., we've pretty much heard it all when it comes to weird earthy-crunchy beauty remedies (snail slime, for one) and out-there experiments (Gwyneth Paltrow’s bee-stinging experience). But there’s something America has not seen until just now: ostrich egg yolk used in skincare formulas. Considering the other wacky things women in Hollywood put on their faces — bovine or even human stem cells and sheep placenta — it shouldn’t seem that weird. Still, the concept of yolk from an egg, no matter who laid it, seems a little crazy.
Yet Adsorb, the Japanese brand launched in 2011 that is pioneering this technology and has become the number one professional skincare line in Japan, is now delivered stateside. And there's serious science behind it. Ostriches are the oldest surviving bird species since the dinosaur era and are known to have strong immune systems. Their natural antibodies (found in a high concentration in their egg yolks), along with cutting-edge peptides and hydrators, powerfully help fight damaging pollutants and reverse signs of aging.
In conclusion, compared with the hen's egg, the ostrich egg has similar chemical and nutritive characteristics, but a higher unsaturated/saturated fatty acid ratio and lower cholesterol content.
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