The latest rage for well-heeled Japanese women looking for an anti-age treatment for the low, low price of just $243 is to slap a few snails on their faces. Snail slime facials are the latest beauty treatment fad to sweep across Japan, and who knows? It might even catch on the the USA!
The Clinical Salon in Tokyo, Japan, created this unique anti-aging regimen. They first cleanse their clients faces, and then place live snails on their skin. The snails are left to roam about for an entire hour, leaving their mucous snail trails behind as a reminder that you actually paid good money to let someone put snails on your face.
According to the Clinical Salon, what are the beneficial “properties” snail mucous contains?
The Clinical Salon claims that snails’ mucous contains “properties” that are beneficial to help take the years off of women’s faces. These properties are power proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which supposedly helps the skin retain moisture, ease inflammation and remove dead skin.
The establishment uses only five very pampered snails, each fed an all-organic diet of food any vegan would salivate over: carrots, Swiss chard, spinach and komatsuna greens.
According to Yoko Miniami, the sales manager of the salon:
Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin. We are interested in the fact that snails have a function that can help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays.”
The Clinical Salon calls the treatment the Celebrity Escargot Course. The snail-slime anti-aging treatment is currently only available in Japan. For somewhat less money than the almost $250 the Celebrity Escargot Course costs, you can buy the salon’s skin creams containing snail slime, according to Counsel and Heal.
The the Escargot Course isn’t available here yet, if you have the notion to give the snail-based creams a try, you can. They are already available to the western market. For example, a cream called Elicina, which is sold in Chile but is produced in Portugal, contains snails. It is said to help with stretch marks and sun spots, among other skin-related scars and blemishes.
The Ancient Greeks knew something about the healing properties of snails for one’s skin. Hippocrates was said to have recommended crushed snails to soothe inflamed skin.
The popularity of beauty products with hyaluronic acid is quickly rising, as it helps to hydrate the skin (it can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water). It is also effective at easing the appearance of scars.
It looks like snails have other uses than being the entrees on the menus of French restaurants. Snail slime treatments are, indeed, the latest beauty treatment.
And you thought that snails were only garden pests.
Written by: Douglas Cobb