Woman collects snails and puts them on her face in strange ‘hack’

The latest skincare trend, dubbed the ‘snail facial’, has influencers voluntarily covering their faces with snails, a concept that may sound like a horrifying I’m A Celebrity trial to some.

Despite what you might think, this doesn’t involve purchasing snails from an exotic pet shop. Instead, beauty enthusiasts are sourcing these creatures from their gardens and local woodlands. They then allow the snails to slither and suck on their faces in the hopes of achieving a radiant glow.

Beauty creator, Blinkaria Kohl, is among those to have tried it, taking to TikTok to share her experience. “I did the snail facial at home and I got snails from my garden,” she told her 731k followers (@blinkaria).

“Picked the ones I wanted, got them cleaned up and fed them so that they were happy… I got them on my face and, just a disclaimer, a few years ago I did this and I broke out in spots. But this time when I did it, I didn’t.”

“Now, snail slime is very high in antioxidants which can help promote healthy collagen production and calm inflammation. It’s also rich in hyaluronic acid – skin hydrating.”, reports the Mirror.

Unsurprisingly, her post was soon met with a flurry of comments, as various users couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing.

One person wrote: “My phobia of snails I could never,” as others chimed in: “Nah man I’d probably get an STD or something,” and: “Nope! “Could snail slime be the secret to youthful skin?

It might sound like a stretch, but two skincare experts suggest there’s some truth behind the trend, though grabbing them from the garden still isn’t recommended. Nancy Wickford, a skincare specialist at helloSKIN, spoke to The Mirror about the potential benefits: “While the hype around snail creams and masks might seem like a fad, many experts and dermatologists agree the star ingredient shows promise for certain skin concerns when used in quality, reputable snail-derived skincare lines.

“I wouldn’t recommend putting snails from the garden on your face as garden snails can carry parasites, bacteria that could lead to infections or transmit diseases if they come into contact with broken skin. Also the snail slime may contain irritants, pollutants, or pesticide residues from the garden that could irritate or damage your skin.”

The magic lies in snail mucin, a component of snail slime, which is increasingly popular in beauty circles. Its beneficial properties include exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid, along with antimicrobial peptides that are known to combat acne-causing bacteria.

Nancy, a skincare expert, has suggested that its copper peptides may also be key to reducing fine lines, scarring and hyperpigmentation, though further research is needed. She stated: “The snail mucus used in certain skincare products comes from snails raised specifically for that purpose in controlled, sanitised environments. Using random snails from an outdoor garden setting raises hygiene and safety concerns.”

UK Care Guide health expert Helen Bell concurred, stating: “The scientific evidence is still limited, and much of the data comes from anecdotal sources or studies with small sample sizes. Therefore, while the claims could have some basis, they should, in my view, be approached with caution until more robust scientific evaluations are conducted.”

She added: “A salon should only use snails bred in controlled environments, which reduces these risks significantly. However, even in such conditions, the sanitation of the snails and the environment must be carefully maintained to prevent against unintended health hazards.”

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