Iconic film star Raquel Welch was only 25 years old when she blasted onto the big screen in the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage. Today, the 77-year-old still retains that youthful glow without the help of cosmetic surgery.
Her secret? Udder cream. Yes, you read that right: udder cream. Women are actually slathering their faces with the balm farmers use to ensure their cows don’t have dry, cracked teats. Who would have guessed it would now be the holy grail of age-defying beauty products?
According to Welch, “[Udder cream is] something you can put on overnight and when you wake up you don’t have a dry, cracking mouth. Believe me, there are a lot of mummies walking around with Bag Balm ($9.19, Amazon) (one brand of udder cream).”
Udder Cream for Skin: Does It Really Work?
Cosmetic dermatologist Sam Bunting, MRCP, told Daily Mail that Bag Balm is essentially “souped-up Vaseline.” Like Vaseline, one of Bag Balm’s main ingredients is petroleum jelly. However, Bag Balm features 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate, an antiseptic that gives the added benefit of warding off infections. Not only is Bag Balm said to erase wrinkles, it can also be used to treat diaper rash, chafing, weak nails, and dull hair, advocates say. Talk about a multitasking product!
Given how sticky and greasy Vaseline can be, we’re not sure about adding Bag Balm to our morning routines. “The formulation is useful to encourage healing of small abrasions and irritations,” Dr. Bunting said, before echoing our hesitance to use Bag Balm daily. “I’d imagine, however, that for most it wouldn’t be elegant enough for regular facial use.”
Beauty buyers might be surprised to learn that udder cream isn’t the only animal product that has been co-opted by humans. Elizabeth Arden, the woman behind the namesake beauty brand, originally created her beloved Eight Hour Cream ($22, Amazon) for her horses.
Because the creams and balms we make for our animals are often gentle and hypoallergenic, it’s no surprise that they can work wonders on human skin. One look at Welch’s wrinkle-free face, and it’s hard to find a case against udder cream.