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All hail the anti-ageing snail facial

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We've heard of some very strange beauty treatments in our time, including bull semen hair conditioner and sheep placenta hand cream. Now to add to this weird and wonderful repertoire, there is a snail facial being touted by a salon in Thailand.  

While having six snails slivering over your face may not sound very relaxing, Thai beauticians say the creatures secrete a snail slime - aspersa müller glycoconjugates to give it its technical name -  that could smooth out wrinkles and make you look younger. Although, they may make the squeamish squeal a bit. The slime is also believed to act against burns, acne, stretch marks and scars. 

Snail Facial

The 45-minute facial at Chiang Mai's Snail Spa sees six snails placed on the customer's face with one reviewer describing the effect as a "balmy coolness". The spa was started last year by two Frenchmen who imported 100 snails, they now have more than 30,000, which are fed on chemical-free carrots, cabbage and aloe on an organic farm. 

Although these facials are new, concoctions made from snail mucus are said to date back to ancient Greece, when Hippocrates reportedly crushed snails and sour milk as a cure for skin inflammations. The French are also fans of escargot essence in products they use as part of their beauty regime. 

Sounds good in theory, but we may need a little more convincing before trying out this latest fad.. 

See more on the world's weirdest beauty treatments here. 

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by Sofia Zagzoule 

Pictures: Facebook



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