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Snails crawl on the face of a woman during a demonstration of a new beauty treatment at Clinical-Salon Ci:z.Labo in central Tokyo
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It’s most likely you would at least flinch, or make a mad dash for the nearest salt dispenser if someone held a snail to your face. Those little buggers are just plain icky, leaving a trail of slime and nasty looking poo in the garden. Now get this, Snail Facials are becoming all the rage now, with the trend spreading from Tokyo (why am I not surprised) to the UK recently – attracting a growing clientele of both men and women with the guts for it.

The treatment costing some £50 involves placing a trio of snails on the face for 20 minutes ,with a dermatologist on hand to keep them from wandering into your orifices. The reason why someone in their right mind would do this, is because that otherwise icky trail left by snails has been found to be high in proteins, anti-oxidants and has anti-bacterial properties. On top of that, the treatment promises the instant result of leaving your face with a glow, and snail extract has been making waves in the beauty product industry for quite a while now.

Of course, not just  any old snails are used for this sort of treatment. Those used are specially farmed garden snails (quite possibly the sort that taste best in a creamy garlic sauce), and are only reused after a four day rest. Furthermore, those who go for the facial are advised not to use any chemical based products before treatment so as not to contaminate the escargo… I mean snails.

At the moment, more research is still being conducted to determine the long-term results of the treatment, so you just might want to take this one with a pinch of salt before subjecting yourself to something otherwise ridiculously gross.




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