Gwyneth Paltrow is up to her old tricks again.
During an interview with the New York Times, Gwyneth revealed that she allows herself to get stung by bees in the name of beauty.
That’s right. And she did acknowledge in the interview that she spends her hard-earned money to undergo the procedure, which she admitted is painful.
“Generally, I’m open to anything,” she told the Times. “I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
While spending money so that bees can sting you is already weird enough, Paltrow added that she’s open to trying all types of beauty treatment.
“I’m always the guinea pig to try everything. I’ve got to try them all,” Paltrow said. “I love acupuncture. Also I just heard of a service called a sound bath, which might be too hippie-ish even for the likes of me. It’s some new healing modality. I might not be able to handle it.”
The founder of Goop has recently become a beauty guru who advocates natural beauty products and holistic living. She also became infamous for promoting beauty and health procedures that are nothing short of bizarre.
Once, Gwyneth recommended that her followers should try out the Mugworth V-steam at Tikkun, a vaginal spa that “cleanses your uterus” and “balances female hormone levels.”
“Tikkun is the next level when it comes to Korean spas, combining high-tech far infrared heat with traditional Korean sauna therapies,” Paltrow wrote in her blog post.
Unfortunately for Gwyneth (and her fans who followed her advice), vaginal steaming is completely unnecessary, according to medical experts.
“Steam is probably not good for your vagina. Herbal steam is no better and quite possibly worse,” Dr. Jen Gunter, a board certified OB/GYN, wrote on her website following Paltrow’s post, as reported in the Daily Mail.
“Steam isn’t going to get into your uterus from your vagina unless you are using an attachment with some kind of pressure and MOST DEFINITELY NEVER EVER DO THAT,” she added.
There’s also no evidence that vaginal steaming can aid in hormonal imbalance and in detoxifying the uterus.
“Herbal steams could have some relaxing effects and some beneficial superficial effects on the skin, just like a sauna or a facial steam would,” said practicing OB/GYN Dr. Camilo Gonima via Medical Daily. “Other than any possible involvement stress might have on these issues, I don’t see any basis for any significant effects on fertility or menstrual cycles.”
If getting stung by bees is not for you, Paltrow did share some of her beauty secrets in her interview with the Times. In terms of skin care, Gwyneth likes to use her own product, the Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial, and non-toxic SPF products such as Drunk Elephant.
As to whether apitherapy is an effective treatment for scarring and inflammation, there’s no sufficient data yet to prove that it is so. The widespread use of apitherapy is also damaging to the entire honey bee population. For one, honey bees are the only species of bees that die after stinging. So Paltrow being able to convince some of her followers to undergo the procedure shouldn’t bode well for the species at all. As such, it is always best to leave the honey bees alone and allow them to sting out of their own volition. After all, honey bees are instrumental in maintaining the Earth’s ecological balance. Putting their entire population in jeopardy won’t be doing the Earth, and us, any favors. So leave those honey bees alone, Gwyneth Paltrow!
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