Imagine this: You’re lying back in the soft, plush chair of your favourite beauty salon, a gentle tune wafting through the air, and a smooth, cooling substance being massaged into your face. Lovely, isn’t it? Now, let’s add one minor detail: that cooling substance is secreted by snails. Maybe not as lovely now, but I assure you, it is quite an experience! The latest beauty trend taking the world by storm is the snail facial massage. Yes, you heard me right, snail facial massage. Not exactly the first combination of words you'd expect to read today, is it?
Originating from Korea, snail massages have crept their way (pun absolutely intended) into the hearts - and onto the faces - of beauty enthusiasts around the world. And I am here to demystify this gastropod-galvanizing process. Because if we accept that beetles can be jewellery, then there’s no reason to fret about snail slime on our faces, right?
I am no scientist, and quite honestly, high-school biology class was years ago for me. But the wonders of snail mucus can be boiled down to a few essential components. These small creatures produce a slime, which when spread across a surface (your face being the prime destination), does a load of good. It repairs and rejuvenates skin, offering a myriad of benefits like healing acne, reducing pigmentation, and even slowing down the aging process.
When I first heard about snail slime, I couldn't help but think of my cat Bella. Believe me or not, she has an odd fascination for snails and often brings them home as trophies, only to watch them slide around the backyard leaving those pretty iridescent trails, which are apparently full of beauty benefits (don’t worry, I’m not letting Bella try a snail massage anytime soon - though Max, my Golden Retriever, might be intrigued).
Now, how does one get a snail facial? First off, wash your face. You've got unexpected guests (the snails), remember? After that, a professional masseuse places the snails on your face. That’s right, you're actually having snails slide across your face. It's not like giving Bella a bath, where she might have a mind of her own and run off halfway through. These snails are well-mannered and leave a track of rejuvenating slime as they crawl.
It's certainly a sensation, feeling the cool slime left by the snail trail. The whole process takes about an hour and there's generally no pain involved. Although I must tell you, it’s a devil of a time trying not to giggle or sneeze lest our little friends get disturbed. When you get to the end of the session? Well, you’re left with a sticky mask of snail slime to marinate in. This is left to dry, and then gently washed off, leaving a fresh, glowing and youthful complexion.
For all of you adventurous types who are now curious to experiment with snail slime at home, let’s call a halt. Removing snails from your backyard and shooing them on to your faces might not be the best idea. Here's why: Commercial snail farms that supply these gastropods for facials ensure that the creatures are fed organic food, kept in clean living conditions, and free from parasites. Wildlife snails, on the other hand, could carry bacteria or get stressed outside their natural habitat, so it’s recommended to go to a professional for your slimy facial experience.
While there's no denying that snail facial massages are becoming a popular trend, it’s essential to research and find a suitable professional spa or wellness centre that offers the service. After all, you're putting your face in the hands of...well, snails.
Having something different, even if it involves a slimy snail on your face can be fun and intriguing. Sure, I've had experiences with snails in my garden, observing them with my pets, but who knew I'd be talking about placing them on our faces to enhance beauty? It's a strange world, folks, and we're just living (and glowing) in it!