When I first heard of fish pedicure I thought it was kind of cool and it’s something I am still willing to try, but snail facial? As always, our Japanese colleagues are ahead of the curve exploring innovative beauty techniques and this time it’s so-called Celebrity Escargo Course.
During this procedure a few snails will be put on your face and will be left to crawl all over your cheeks, forehead and nose. The reasoning behind this goes as follows: snail mucus is said to contain hyaluronic acid and proteoglycans, hence it helps remove dry skin cells and regain skin moisture.
Snails are fed organic diet that consists of Japanese mustard spinach, Swiss chard and carrots. They are also kept in special conditions to preserve their mucus-emitting ability and health, so it’s not like any snail from your backyard will do. Or will it? Celebrity Escargo Course isn’t cheap, $243 per session and you need to book an appointment a few weeks in advance.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I love snails. I really do. And for the most part I admire Japanese originality, inventions and quality of work, but snail facials? Thanks, but no thanks.