Mum smears breast milk all over her face and claims it’s ‘like Botox’

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After a mum took to TikTok to praise the benefits of using expired breast milk as skincare, Helen Bell, a health expert and nutritionist, unveils whether the ‘Botox effect’ of breast milk really is true or just another fad

From egg white facials to snail mucus serums – unconventional skincare remedies are all the rave right now. But one woman has certainly taken this up another notch, claiming that breast milk works ‘like Botox’ on your face.

Mum-of-four Skye Hitchcock took to TikTok (@skyehitchcock) last week to track her journey of smearing the expired milk on her face and lips. “All of this breast milk is expired which is heartbreaking,” she said to her 936k followers.

“But I’ve been trying to think of ways to use this so it doesn’t go to waste and I heard you can use breast milk as Botox… it feels incredible, so good… I will keep you guys updated on how the breast milk as Botox goes.”

Unsurprisingly, Skye’s post was met with countless gobsmacked comments, with one person writing: “I’M SORRY WHAT!!!!”, as others added: “cheaper than Botox,” and “it smells.” But Sky definitely isn’t alone on this, with popstar Halsey also using it to heal her skin.

“I started breastfeeding and I figured out that breast milk is the best skincare ingredient ever,” she told Nylon magazine in 2023. “…because it’s so full of antioxidants and good fats and stuff that speed up the healing process.” So, does it really work?

Helen Bell, a health expert and nutritionist at UK Care Guide, doesn’t seem to think so, claiming it’s more of a fad than a science-backed practice. She told The Mirror: “Breast milk does have benefits such as antibodies, vitamins, and anti-inflammatories, which can be soothing and potentially beneficial for the skin.

“However, applying expired breast milk could also pose risks, such as bacterial growth, which, for me, outweigh any potential benefits. There isn’t enough scientific evidence to support the claim that it works like Botox in reducing signs of ageing.”

Botox – a type of botulinum toxin injection – limits the formation or appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by blocking the signals transmitted between our nerves and facial muscles, which prevents them from contracting.

While previous research suggests breast milk does contain anti-inflammatory properties, Helen stresses that claims surrounding their ‘Botox effect’ are largely unproven. She continued: “Natural remedies like breast milk lack the specific action that directly targets the mechanisms of ageing. While natural ingredients can generally support skin health generally, Botox directly addresses the physical cause of some wrinkles.

“Scientifically, breast milk’s primary function is to provide nutrition and immune support to infants, not to serve as a cosmetic product! Botox is more effective for anti-ageing in terms of clinical proof and visible results.”

Skye’s TikTok also comes as countless others are turning to bizarre skincare rituals to prevent ageing. This even includes Jennifer Anniston, who recently confessed to using salmon sperm facials (also called PDRN) to keep wrinkles at bay.

Unlike the breast milk fad however, experts suggest this one might actually work, and is perhaps preferable to try if you aren’t a fan of Botox. Dr Deborah Lee, at Dr Fox Online Pharmacy, told The Mirror: “Crazy as it sounds, there is some plausible medical theory to back it up, although there are few studies in humans and none to support any long-term benefit for skin ageing.

“PDRN works by stimulating skin fibroblasts, increasing the production of collagen and reducing the natural aging skin mechanisms… In research studies, this has been achieved by using a laser, or by microneedling techniques – directly injecting PDRN into the skin with a very fine needle.”

Its immediate side effects are also similar to Botox, causing just some swelling, bruising and bumps in most common cases. But regardless, Dr Lee added: “Ageing is inevitable. It happens to us all from the moment we are born! There is no magic remedy to [completely] stop the inexorable process.”

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