From botox, microdermabrasion, to fillers, some women are willing to try anything for the sake of beautiful, younger looking skin. Now there is snail facials which promises to do just that.
Snail facials are exactly what they sound like: applying live snails to the face. The theory behind this $250 alternative to more commonly discussed beauty treatments is that the snail’s mucus contains proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which rejuvenate the skin. But does it really?
Dr. Chia Chi Kao says he isn’t so sure. Named by Vogue as one of the plastic surgeons revolutionizing the facelift, Kao often advises people looking for alternatives to plastic surgery. Yet a snail facial isn’t among his top treatments. Instead, Kao has some different suggestions for looking your best at any age, which he shares on an “Oprah Prime” episode focused on aging.
“It’s about sunscreen, it’s about moisturizing, it’s about cleansing,” he says. “And also prevention, with neurotoxins such as Botox.”