So far, so spa. Until my smiling therapist says: “Are you ready for me to put the snails on your face?”
Last week, I officially became the first person in Japan to try out an unusual — and admittedly not very inviting — beauty treatment: the live snail facial.
The treatment involves a therapist at this spa in central Tokyo placing snails directly onto the faces of reclining clients and allowing the molluscs to move at random, leaving trails of mucus slime in their wake.
The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin. (Photo: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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