Posted July 25, 2013 by in Skin and Body Care
Whilst the quest for eternal beauty is an ongoing pursuit of many, it seems that it is hard to draw the line between that which is rational and that which is irrational. The latest skin care trends making waves in the world of facials incorporates the likes of, live snails and real blood being applied to the skin. Escargot anyone?

 Hot off the press is the recent launch of the ‘Celebrity Escargot Facial’ by a Japanese salon/ spa group in Tokyo known as Ci:z.Labo. This facial includes the application of live snails to the skin.

 Snails which form part of the gastropod family produce a slimy secretion which is left behind as a trail when they move from place to place; this slime contains a unique blend of proteins, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid. This special blend assists in moisture retention, healing and has an anti-inflammatory action on the skin.
 The Clinical Salon has become the flagship for this unique treatment with sales manager Yoko Minami quoted as saying ‘Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin’.

 Currently there are 5 snails kept on the premises that are fed a healthy diet of organic vegetables, ensuring that they are clean, healthy and ready to work.
 It is highly recommended that you keep your eyes closed during this treatment, not many people can cope with seeing snail tentacles waving around just a few millimeters in front of their eyes.
 The facial consists of  cleansing , thereafter the snails are the applied and allowed to roam freely on the skin whilst a watchful therapist ensures they do not get up to mischief (such as roaming on the lips and eye area). Use of an electrical pulse machine and snail slime infused creams, ensures full penetration of the snails magic slime.

 This treatment retails for about $270.00 for a 60 minute treatment.

 Return of the Vampire?

 Ever thought of having a facial where you are the active ingredient? Well your blood is anyway.
 This particular facial has just recently resurfaced thanks to Kim Kardashian having posted pics of herself on Twitter covered in her own blood. Having been pioneered by Charles Runels MD it may only be performed by certified physicians.

 Controversial…well sure it is, has that ever stopped anyone? Heck no!

 This facial is described as follows..
 Upon arrival at the salon/spa 3 phials of blood will be drawn and put through a centrifuge to separate the different components of your blood, this process takes about 20 minutes. The sought after ingredient being blood derived growth factors.

 Your face is then anesthetized through a local anesthetic cream application, thereafter the blood components from your blood are injected back into your face (this takes approximately 30 minutes). The injecting (which is painful) may result in some bruising and definite sensitivity for up to 3 weeks. This is not a lunchtime treatment at all.

 The vampire facial is said to encourage new collagen growth, to refresh and rejuvenate the complexion.  The results are not necessarily immediate but are definitely noticeable 2 months after treatment and last for up to 18 months.

 The cost varies.