Friday, June 29, 2012

Covered in Poo: Are Bird Dropping Facial Treatments the New Botox?

If A-List stars like actor Tom Cruise and David and Victoria Beckham look as if they haven't aged a day in the past decade or so, you can thank a helpful dose of bird poo!

It seems the Mission Impossible star has taken to using an unusual facial treatment to erase the passage of time from his face that contains the excrement of the nightingale bird. The poo is mixed with rice bran and water and then applied to the face as a mask and allowed to dry for several minutes. The facial mask is washed away, revealing a more youthful, radiant complexion. Apparently, the poo acts as a natural exfoliant for the skin, stripping away dead skin cells that dull the complexion and allow for the formation of wrinkles.

The treatments obviously work, as Cruise, the star of the musical Rock of Ages in theaters now, looks the same as he did in 1998. The popular actor will turn 50-years-old on Monday, and is said to eschew plastic surgery and Botox injections in favor of the all-natural treatment. He almost looks as youthful as his wife [Edit: Soon-to-be-ex-wife, as Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise today! Wonder if the bird poo was part of the reason?], actress Katie Holmes, who is 17 years his junior. Superstar couple David and Victoria Beckham, who are good friends of Cruise, are also rumored to be fans of the intriguing facial treatments.

The bird dropping treatments have been used for centuries in Japan, where the formula was originally created to cleanse the skin of geishas and kabuki actors, who traditionally used heavy, powder-based makeup to theatrically conceal their facial features.

The facial treatment can be purchased online here:

Cruise hasn't aged at all in at least a decade. Could bird poo be his secret to youth?

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