The Japanese has always been admired around the world for their beautiful and their youthful skin. Hence, the country had been always at par in terms of introducing skin care regimen. The country had always been the first to introduce revolution in the beauty industry.
Today, July 15 2013, Monday marked the very first day in the market of the next beauty regimen to be newest addition to Japan's world renowned skin care treatment - the Snail Slime Facial treatment.
The treatment involves having live snails crawling on the face of those patients who want to get rid off dead skin, unclog their pores and hide their old age through the youthful glow of a rejuvenated skin.
This might sound icky for most of the Aussie women who viewed snails as pests but those who want to try the regimen might be relieve to know that the process will only take five minutes of having snails crawling on their faces and munching on their dead skin.
Manami Takamura, spokeswoman for the Tokyo-based beauty salon Ci;z.Labo said, "Slime from snails help remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturize it. In this way, you can have 100 percent pure snail essence directly on the skin."
See a video from the Telegraph with reporter trying the facial treatment for the first time:
Slime from snail was long been discovered to have anti-ageing properties and some cosmetics were already being sold with the slime properties.
However, the Snail Facial treatment from Japan will be the very first of its kind to have live snails crawling on the patients' faces during the treatment.
As part of an introductory offer, Ci;z.Labo will indulge its first customers to five-minute of the Snail Slime Facial along with a massage and other facial treatments.
After its introduction today, the treatment will cost patient 10,000 yen ($106) per snail crawling on their faces.
One of the very first patients to try the treatment was Sayaka Ito who said that the Snail facial Treatment was relaxing and that she had actually doze off during treatment.
According to Ms Ito, "You can feel the snails moving on your face. At first, it is surprising, but it's actually rather nice. My skin really does feel smooth and moist."
In a report from Daily Mail, a clinic that was one among the few first proponents of the Snail Slime Facial treatment said that the mucus found in snails has all the combination of essential proteins, antioxidants and hyularonic acid. All these elements help the skin to maintain properly moisturise, inflammation and dead-skin free.
At the Clinical Salon in Tokyo, the Snail facial treatment was named the Celebrity Escargot Course.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Yoko Miniami, Sales manager for Clinical Salon said, "Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin. We are interested in the fact that snails have a function that can help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays."
Ms Miniami also added that their clinic in Tokyo fed their snails with organic vegetables, including carrots, spinach, Swiss chard and Japanese komatsuna greens.
According to a report from Daily Mail, snail slime was already used as a beauty regimen as far back as 2000 years ago. There are accounts from ancient doctor Hippocrates that said crushed snails when mixed with sour milk can heal skin inflammation.
However, Hippocrates was not the inspiration behind the Snail facial treatment at present. According to Clinical Salon, the treatment was inspired by UNESCO World Heritage recent evaluation of Mount Fuji where climbers suffer skin damage because of thinner air and strong sunshine. In order to heal the climbers, proponents of the treatment researched for treatment and had discovered the healing ability of snail slime.
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