A Japanese spa launched an unusual beauty therapy based on snails. Even though they were regarded as pests, snails seem to be perfect for skin beauty and youth, therefore the spa in Tokyo offers the “snail facial” to its clients.
The treatment involves a therapist placing the snails directly on the clients’ faces. The mollusks leave a mucus trail that seems to be the key to the special facial. According to the media, the mucus contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. All these help the skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin.
“This salon is the only place in Japan where you can try a live snail facial,” said Yoko Minami, sales manager at Clinical-Salon Ci:z.Labo, which is affiliate of Japan’s biggest medical cosmetics company.
The spa is located in the Ebisu district of Tokyo and is home for five specials snails. The mollusks are kept in clean containers and are fed organic vegetables, including carrots, Japanese “komatsuna” greens, spinach and Swiss chard.
According to the spa staff, the snails were bought from an organic snail breeder. The snail therapy is actually a 60 minute treatment called “Celebrity Escargot”. First the client’s face is washed, followed by the actual snail therapy and the process is completed with a series of massages, masks and electrical pulse machines using creams with snail mucus to ensure that the live secretions penetrate the skin.
One session of the treatment costs Y 24.150, the equivalent of £161. The salon representatives said that they intend to use the snail therapy to help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays, which is a common thing for mountain climbers.