Snail slime for beauty treatment

Agence France-Presse
A beauty salon in Japan offers what may be the ultimate enhancer

BEAUTY IN SLIME. Snails hold the secret to youthful skin, according to a Japanese beauty salon

TOKYO, Japan – Having live snails crawl on your face sounds like the thing of nightmares, but in Japan, one company is hoping people will be prepared to pay for it.

Starting Monday, July 15, women who want to slough off dead skin, clear their pores or roll back the years can submit themselves to five minutes of beauty treatment by these mollusks.

“Slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sunburn and moisturize it,” said Manami Takamura, a spokeswoman for the Tokyo-based beauty salon Ci:z.Labo, as she placed three snails on a woman’s face.

“This way, you can have 100 percent pure snail essence directly on the skin.”

Snail slime is believed to have an anti-aging effect on human skin, and some cosmetics are already sold with this essence.

But Ci:z.Labo is going a step further in what it says is the first live snail treatment in Japan.

As part of the salon’s “Celebrity Escargot Course,” customers will get five minutes of snail therapy, along with massage and other facial treatments.

The snail treatment costs 10,500 yen ($105.65). Sayaka Ito said she found the treatment so “nice” she almost fell asleep.

“You can feel the snails moving on your face. At first, it is surprising, but it’s actually rather nice,” she said.

“My skin really does feel smooth and moist.” 

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