Skip to comments.Snail Facials: Cosmetic or Crazy?
Posted on 07/25/2013 5:11:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
The things we do to be sorta sexy.
Over in Japan, men and women have latched on to this new trend called snail facials, which are exactly what they sound like: Slimy molluscs crawling on your face. Right now, it's all the rage in Asia, but seeing how Americans are completely obsessed with themselves, beauty experts here expect the mucous-y facials to become popular in the United States very soon.
So we went ahead and talked to a local beauty buff to find out if Americans should go ahead start booking flights to Japan. San Francisco-based plastic surgeon Edward Miranda, who is the medical director of Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, give us his thoughts:
SFW: Why snail facials? Is this crazy or cosmetic?
EM: The notion that "snail slime" could potentially have healing benefits has been around since Ancient Greece when Hippocrates allegedly prescribed milk & crushed snails to treat inflammation. It's not crazy to think the slime snails secrete could be utilized for skin care, but the science behind it is lacking (to say the least).
SFW:How does it help cosmetically? How is it better/worse than a non snail facial?
EM: A facial in general is always good to ensure your skin is as clean & healthy as possible. Clear skin is free of acne, sun damage, fine lines/wrinkles, etc. If "snail facials" are truly correcting these visible signs of aging, then perhaps they are an effective facial method. Snail slime (known as helix aspersa) is thought to help cosmetically by coating the skin with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and proteins -- all of these things are proven to reduce the visible signs of aging and nourish the skin.
SFW: Will Americans be willing to partake?
EM: As of now, it seems to be all the rage in South Korea, South America, and South Africa. Americans take pride in being especially savvy to the latest & greatest beauty trends, so I can certainly see it breaking into the American market sooner or later.
SFW: Who would you recommend a snail facial to?
EM: Someone who may be feeling bored or stagnant with their current skin care regimen. If you can stomach the snails crawling on your face, why not?
My worst nightmares are coming true.
SHe’s gonna need more than snails for beautification...
Schistosomiasis /ˌʃistəˈsɵmaɪəsəs/ (also known as bilharzia, bilharziosis or snail fever) is a collective name of parasitic diseases caused by several species of trematodes belonging to the genus Schistosoma. Snails serve as the intermediary agent between mammalian hosts.
Individuals within developing countries who cannot afford proper water and sanitation facilities are often exposed to contaminated water containing the infected snails. etc
According to NBC News, a Houston woman recently spotted the pest in her backyard garden. The USDA reports that not only do African land snails consume at least 500 different types of plants, but they also can transfer diseases to humans. A parasite known as the rat lungworm, the most common cause of meningitis, has been found in the slime of this unsightly slug.
Mark Fagan, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Agriculture, told National Geographic that "if a person comes in contact with the snail, the nematode present can then enter the person's body, eventually making its way into the brain."
The snails may diefrom the botox.....
I get these very impressive red bite marks that contrast well with my freckles.
I hear it will slant your eyes
and the average time for a snail facial is a mere two weeks
I agree, but suspect or hope these are raised in a controlled environment. Research is definitely needed. Get community organizers, maybe the Kardashians can lead the way. They might yet make some contribution to humanity.
In the porn world, facial means something completely different. Uh, or so I’ve been told...
Yikes! I pick the slimy things out of my front garden and toss them in the road for cars to mush. Is this a good idea?
I luckily avoided schistosomiasis in China in the mid 70s when I worked in remote hinterlands. The only purification for water was boiling it and letting it cool.
There goes dinner!!!
And then we have fish who nibble on feet and toes to give pedicures. We going to the dogs!
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