Woman said drinking her urine for the past decade helped improve her skin and her overall health

A woman who has been drinking her own urine and rubbing it on her face for over a decade claims it improves her skin and overall health.

Ruby Karyo, 30, from Glen Burnie, Maryland, has been gulping down urine and spritzing it on her face since she was 19 years old. 

The controversial practice, known as ‘urine therapy’ has made Ruby the source of much derision, but she is determined to spread the word about what she says are its many benefits.

The writer and sales representative has even persuaded her boyfriend to try drinking his pee to quell his hair loss.

Ruby Karyo, 30, from Maryland, follows 'urine therapy,' and uses her own urine to clean her face. She sprays it and then rubs it in as shown

Ruby Karyo, 30, from Maryland, follows 'urine therapy,' and uses her own urine to clean her face. She sprays it and then rubs it in as shown

Ruby Karyo, 30, from Maryland, follows ‘urine therapy,’ and uses her own urine to clean her face. She sprays it and then rubs it in as shown 

Ruby claimed the pee therapy helped with blood sugar and diabetes, and that the urine leaves her skin glowing

Ruby claimed the pee therapy helped with blood sugar and diabetes, and that the urine leaves her skin glowing

Ruby claimed the pee therapy helped with blood sugar and diabetes, and that the urine leaves her skin glowing 

Ruby Karyo, 30, has been drinking pee twice a week for more than a decade and said it improved her skin and helped with her overall health

Ruby Karyo, 30, has been drinking pee twice a week for more than a decade and said it improved her skin and helped with her overall health

Ruby Karyo, 30, has been drinking pee twice a week for more than a decade and said it improved her skin and helped with her overall health 

‘My dad told me about urine therapy when I was 19-years-old,’ said Ruby, a mother-of-one.

‘He said, “If you want to be a beauty queen use it on your face and your body.”‘

In order to take full advantage of the practice, Ruby not only drinks five ounces of urine twice a week, she also sprays it and rubs it into her face because she believes that it acts like a skincare product. 

‘When I wake up I rub my morning pee onto my face and use it like a moisturizer. You can leave it on for a couple of hours, or leave it on all day,’ she explained.

‘Every night when you go to sleep you can put it on your face.

‘For the first few days your face might look a bit raw, because all the impurities will come out, but then it will become clear.

‘It’s good for healing scars and pimples,’ she claimed.

The 30-year-old said she felt younger when using urine, and that her skin looked dull when she didn't use it

The 30-year-old said she felt younger when using urine, and that her skin looked dull when she didn't use it

Clean eating and drinking urine: Ruby said people should follow a vegetarian diet while using urine for their skin

Clean eating and drinking urine: Ruby said people should follow a vegetarian diet while using urine for their skin

The 30-year-old said she felt younger when using urine, and that her skin looked dull when she didn’t use it 

Ruby convinced her boyfriend, Brian Offenburger, 56, (pictured) to drink urine to help with his hair loss

Ruby convinced her boyfriend, Brian Offenburger, 56, (pictured) to drink urine to help with his hair loss

Ruby convinced her boyfriend, Brian Offenburger, 56, (pictured) to drink urine to help with his hair loss 

‘I pee into a travel spray bottle and then spray it into my hands and then rub it onto my face.

‘I also drink about five ounces of morning pee about twice a week.

Should you drink your own urine? 

Urine is made of approximately 95 per cent water and 5 per cent nutrients including calcium and iron. 

Fans of ‘urotherapy’- a term used to describe drinking your own pee, include Madonna. 

In 1945, John W. Armstrong, a British naturopath, published a book claiming that drinking urine could cure all major illnesses, however there is no scientific proof of this. 

Health expert  Aisling Pigott, dietician and spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, says urine contains toxins expelled from the body and kidneys and drinking it could therefore be harmful and cause infection.  

However Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at NutriCentre, says urine is not toxic and is sterile as it has been filtered twice – once by the liver and again by the kidneys. 

Followers claim it cures diseases when ingested and acne when used topically due to its ‘disinfectant’ properties, and it has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines.

 Sources: Healthline.com; Marie Claire

‘It can lower blood sugar and cholesterol and help diabetes.

‘My skin glows when I use it, I took a break from it a while back and my skin began to look dull.

‘I feel younger and I look younger when I use it.

‘People don’t want to talk about it, they think it’s disgusting, but then they go and eat things like hot dogs, and they have no idea what is in hot dogs.

‘We know what urine contains and everything that is in urine is essential for the body

‘I want to bring light to the fact that it can change your life without using all the chemicals that are in store-bought products.’

Ruby started dating her boyfriend Brian Offenburger, a 56-year-old machine operator, in January of this year, when he was already beginning to go bald.

She claims that after just two months of drinking his own pee Brian’s hair started to grow back.

‘We have before and after pictures to prove it,’ she said.

‘He started seeing the difference about a month ago, after being consistent.’

Ruby claims that maintaining a healthy, vegetarian diet while using urine therapy is important to maximize the ‘benefits.’

The young woman claimed that Brian's hair started to grow back after two months of urine therapy

The young woman claimed that Brian's hair started to grow back after two months of urine therapy

The young woman claimed that Brian’s hair started to grow back after two months of urine therapy 

A picture of Brian's scalp before using urine as a hair loss therapy. Ruby claimed Brian started to notice a different a month after starting drinking his urine

A picture of Brian's scalp before using urine as a hair loss therapy. Ruby claimed Brian started to notice a different a month after starting drinking his urine

After two months: a picture of Brian two months after drinking urine to fight his hair loss. Ruby and him and convinced they're onto something

After two months: a picture of Brian two months after drinking urine to fight his hair loss. Ruby and him and convinced they're onto something

A picture of Brian’s scalp before using urine as a hair loss therapy. Ruby claimed Brian started to notice a different a month after starting drinking his urine 

Ruby(pictured)  said she would not encourage people to drink their urine if it was not good for them

Ruby(pictured)  said she would not encourage people to drink their urine if it was not good for them

Ruby(pictured)  said she would not encourage people to drink their urine if it was not good for them

‘You need to put pure things into your body while you are doing it,’ she said.

‘It’s advised that you shouldn’t smoke either.’

Ruby says that many people laugh or are incredulous when she tells them about her unusual routine.

‘People do think it’s strange at first but when I explain how great I feel they become more interested,’ she said.

‘I would not tell lies to people, I would not tell them to try something that is bad for them, this actually works.’

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