A new facial treatment in Tokyo involves slimy snails crawling all over your face. The slimy mucus left behind the snails supposedly provides beneficial properties to the skin, easing inflammation and providing moisture. The “Celebrity Escargot Course” treatment is being offered by Tokyo’s Clinical Salon, and also involves a facial massage, as seen on the show Tuesday, July 16. It’s the oddest skin treatment since fish pedicures were all the rage, wherein small fish chewed off the soft decaying skin on customers’ feet.
Supposedly the slow-moving slugs provide beneficial properties to the skin, easing inflammation and also providing moisture. The slime emitted from the snails is said to contain proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid – which aid in skin in regeneration and exfoliation.
“I’d be surprised if this has any lasting effect on skin health,” Dr. William Stebbins, a dermatology professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told ABC News.
Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetics and clinical research in dermatology at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, warns that more testing needs to be done not only to see if the facials are effective, but whether they’re safe as well.