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Snail Slime the New Fountain of Youth?

Luxury spa treatment meets Fear Factor challenge: would you pay $250 to let snails crawl on your face?

This brave woman, Danielle Demetriou, just received the first snail facial in Japan. She let three snails crawl around her face for almost an hour to get the benefits of snail slime -- an elixir said to treat wrinkles, scars and acne, and improve skin regeneration.

Cosmetic dermatologist Oscar Hevia, MD, says several studies have confirmed the benefits of the mucus, which contains antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and proteins. Participants in studies whose faces were exposed to snail slime did, in fact, show signs of improved skin after three months of treatments, Hevia says.

Called the "Celebrity Escargot Course" (I'm sorry, are we dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant?), the treatment will set you back almost $250.

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The snails, which were carefully selected from an organic snail breeder, are living the life. These happy mollusks munch on organic vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach, and carrots daily, and get to roam free on your face during the facial.

It all seems completely ridiculous and makes our skin crawl, but this isn't the first we're hearing about snail-slime-as-youth-serum. Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum actually contains 77 percent snail mucus, and many Japanese and Korean luxury brands have already incorporated the ingredient into their skin care lines. And we know Katie Holmes is a fan of Helix Aspersa Muller Glycoconjugates, the technical name for snail slime.

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So now that you know about the wonders of snail slime ... are you ready to try it out?


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