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Snail Facials: Cosmetic or Crazy?
SF Weekly ^ | Thu., Jul. 25 2013 | Erin Sherbert

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?


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1 posted on 07/25/2013 5:11:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

My worst nightmares are coming true.


2 posted on 07/25/2013 5:12:41 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Democrats will give you the shirt off somebody elses back for a vote.)
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To: BipolarBob

SHe’s gonna need more than snails for beautification...


3 posted on 07/25/2013 5:13:57 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping


4 posted on 07/25/2013 5:17:07 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: BipolarBob
http://www.ask.com/wiki/Schistosomiasis?o=2801&qsrc=999

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.[1] etc

and

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/08/giant-african-land-snail-texas-houston-meningitis_n_3237676.html

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."

5 posted on 07/25/2013 5:28:03 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: All

The snails may diefrom the botox.....


6 posted on 07/25/2013 5:32:56 PM PDT by CharlotteVRWC
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To: nickcarraway
I regularly get spider treatments on my arms and legs while I sleep.

I get these very impressive red bite marks that contrast well with my freckles.

7 posted on 07/25/2013 5:48:15 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: nickcarraway

I hear it will slant your eyes


8 posted on 07/25/2013 5:51:36 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: nickcarraway

and the average time for a snail facial is a mere two weeks


9 posted on 07/25/2013 6:23:39 PM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

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.


10 posted on 07/25/2013 7:21:09 PM PDT by az wildkitten (8 years 'til I retire)
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To: nickcarraway

In the porn world, facial means something completely different. Uh, or so I’ve been told...


11 posted on 07/25/2013 9:32:22 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

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.


12 posted on 07/25/2013 9:32:48 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: az wildkitten

There goes dinner!!!

And then we have fish who nibble on feet and toes to give pedicures. We going to the dogs!


13 posted on 07/25/2013 10:05:14 PM PDT by V K Lee
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