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Sandra Bullock swears by a skincare treatment that she lovingly calls a “penis facial” and there’s no denying that it’s definitely kept her looking youthful. During a 2018 appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show host grilled the actor about the specifics, wondering why Bullock referred to it as a penis facial.

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In an interview with Vogue Australia (via The Cut), Bullock’s Ocean’s 8 co-star Cate Blanchett explained why Bullock gave the skincare treatment its unique name.

“[We] saw this facialist in New York, Georgia Louise, and she gives what we call the penis facial,” she explained. “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 [Bullock] refers to it as the penis facial.”

The Georgia Louise spa doesn’t call it a “penis facial” but rather refers to it as the “Hollywood EGF (epidermal growth factor) Facial.”

“The facial includes a cleanse, followed by an intensive TCA peel, micro-needling machine and an electrifying mask to calm the skin, followed by [Georgia Louise’] ‘secret box’ of EGF serum (Epidermal Growth Factor) …[which] is derived from the progenitor cells of the human fibroblast taken from Korean newborn baby foreskin,” the Georgia Louise website explains.

Refinery29 further explains that the EFG serum is “harvested and extracted from the stem cells of a Korean newborn’s circumcised foreskin.” The facial’s use of the serum results in brighter and tighter skin.


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Ellen DeGeneres grilled Sandra Bullock about the facial

DeGeneres was interested in the specifics of the procedure based on the name Bullock gave it. The talk show host’s line of questioning presented the actor with a problem, however — how to describe it without sounding too … gross.

“It’s this way in which one forces, through micro-needling — it’s like a little roller with these … many of you know it,” Bullock started to explain. “It pushes through the skin and ruptures the collagen and you look like a burn victim for a day, but then it pushes …”

“What are you pushing into the skin, Sandra?” DeGeneres asked, wanting Bullock to share the graphic details.

Bullock attempted to explain it delicately. “Well, you push in whatever the facialist would like to insert into your pores,” she said. “It is an extraction from a piece of skin that came from a young person far, far away …”

She continued, “… and they somehow figured out how to extract —”

Degeneres interrupted, in an effort to cut to the chase. “It’s foreskin from a Korean baby,” she said. “That’s what it is! Who comes up with this?”

Bullock defended the beauty choice, however. “It’s not like I’m lying there with little pieces all over my face,” she said.

DeGeneres mocked the idea, saying, “Who thinks of collecting it and … ‘we’ll do something with this someday.'”

Bullock then explained her nickname for the treatment. “So we — I call it the ‘penis facial,’ and when you see how good it is to your face, you too will run to your local facialist and say, ‘Give me the penis,'” the actor said.