Snail slime treatment helps youth seekers put best face forward
Today we add another oddball to the list: Snail facials.
The Telegraph reported this weekend on the new treatment being offered exclusively at a Tokyo spa. For a mere $240, you can let live snails crawl over your face (and hopefully around your mouth, nostrils and eyes) for five minutes, "leaving trails of mucus slime in their wake":
The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin.
"Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin," said Yoko Minami, sales manager at Clinical Salon, the flagship outlet of Ci:z.Labo, a nationwide spa operator and affiliate of Japan's biggest medical cosmetics company.
Did I just hear a collective "EWWWWwWWWwwwwWWWw!" go up around the web?
Or is it just the squeamish girl in me that abhors creepy crawlies anywhere in my general vicinity, let alone my actual person?
Even so, the article says snail-enhanced skin remedies have been around since at least 400 B.C. The spa spokeswoman claims the facials help UV-damaged skin (shout out to all you Floridian sunbathers and/or recovering face-kini addicts out there!). And various brave souls who received the treatment are quoted as saying it feels slightly ticklish, yet cool and relaxing.
Yup. I think I'm gonna sit this one out and take their word for it. But what about y'all: Would you try this treatment?