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Japanese Snail Treatment Used to Prevent Aging [VIDEO]

Update Date: Jul 15, 2013 12:57 PM EDT

For some people, maintaining healthy skin by staving off wrinkles and saggy skin is a top priority. People are willing to withstand the sharp pains of a needle when they get Botox while others spend tons of money on products ranging from creams to serums just to prevent any signs of aging. One of the newest fads in anti-aging treatments does not involve needles or expensive products. Instead, this new facial from Japan incorporates live snails.

Although snails are probably on the bottom of everyone's most loved animals list, for some, they might no longer be as disgusting. In this new treatment created by the Clinical Salon in Tokyo, Japan, customers get their faces cleansed before snails are placed on top of their faces. The snails are then allowed to roam freely from the forehead all the way down to the chin for an hour. According to the salon, live snails have properties in their mucus that promotes a facial glow. The mucus, which is the slime that trails behind as snails slither, is believed to be a source of power proteins, antioxidants and hyularonic acid. This mixture is supposed to help the skin retain moisture, ease inflammation and remove dead skin.

"Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin," the sales manager, Yoko Miniami said to the Telegraph. "We are interested in the fact that snails have a function that can help heal skin damaged by ultraviolet rays."

The treatment, the Celebrity Escargot Course, costs around $243. It includes facial massages, masks, and an electrical pulse machine. Not only does the salon offer snail facials, it also has creams that have been infused with snail slime. The slime originates from the salon's five snails that are all fed an organic diet, which includes carrots, Swiss chard, spinach and komatsuna greens, which are native to Japan.

Although the treatment option is currently only available in Japan, if the fad gains popularity, snails may no longer be known as the slimy garden pests.

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