Giving A Whole New Meaning To “Snail Trail”
July 22, 2013

Giving A Whole New Meaning To “Snail Trail”

Ladies, let’s be honest. We do some WEIRD sh*t to be beautiful. We inject ourselves with toxins, we use make up made from whale fat and semen, we have even made paste from lead and smeared it all over our skin.

But, to me, this one takes the cake.

A new anti-aging treatment that is all rage in Japan, according to the Daily Mail, is snails. The “Celebrity Escargot Course” involves letting live snails crawl across your face.

Okay, of course, there’s a regimen of facial massages, masks and something called an “electrical pulse machine” to go with it. And hopefully they use really clean snails. But geeeez!  I’m shivering just thinking about snails crawling on my body.

The snail mucus, that slimy trail they will leave across your skin, contains “a mix of powerful proteins, antioxidants and hyularonic acid, is said to help skin retain moisture, soothe inflammation and remove dead skin.”

The treatment is 60 minutes long, and only offered at the Clinical Salon in Tokyo, so far. They clean your face then put snails on your cheeks and forehead – and just let them slime around as they please.

“Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin,” Yoko Miniami, sales manager at Tokyo’s Clinical Salon. “We are interested in the fact that snails have a function that can help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays.”

Live snails aren’t quite enough for this salon, they also use creams made from snail slime. They harvest the slime from the five resident snails in the salon which are fed on a daily diet of organic vegetables, including carrots, spinach, Swiss chard and Japanese komatsuna greens.

What would you pay for such an exclusive treatment?  Well, the snail facial runs about $246 USD.

The sad part is, this isn’t a new idea. It is just new to us. Ladies added snails to their beauty regimens around 2,000 years ago.

“According to records left by early doctor Hippocrates, crushed snails mixed with sour milk were used to treat skin inflammation, while more recently; products infused with mollusc slime have proved popular in Japan and South Korea.”

The current craze at Clinical Salon, however, started when Mount Fuji was elevated to a UNESCO World Heritage site. People who climb the mountain are likely to suffer skin damage due to thinner air and intense sunshine, and the snails are the treatment du jour to fix that damage.

I don’t know, I’m thinking a good sunscreen / moisturizer is a much less disgusting option.

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