by Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

People, we live in a world where we’ll put all sorts of questionable substances — yes, that includes sheep placenta, earthworm poop, nightingale poop — on our faces in the name of skincare.

But of course, nothing beats having active ingredients so fresh, they are literally alive. We are looking at live snails, which a Tokyo salon is now using on their customers’ faces as a facial treatment.

Apparently the gooey snail slime left in their trail is ‘a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid’ so powerful that it will exfoliate dead skin, seal in moisture and reduce inflammation. Makes us wonder why snails don’t quite have the skin we desire.