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Packed with slime and proteins, snail facials promise to promote beautiful skin

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Never in a million years would some women choose to put snails on their face.

Expect maybe for some women in Japan.

For $243 a Tokyo spa is offering snail facials called "Celebrity Escargot Course." The procedure promises to help heal damaged skin and promote beauty. Yoko Minami, a sales manager at Ci:z.Labo Spa, said the snail's slime is packed with "a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid," according to the Telegraph.

However dermatologists aren't convinced the snail's gooey slime will have much affect on the condition of one's skin. While snails have hyaluronan molecules, which give tissues its flexibility and promotes healing, University of Rochester biology professor Vera Gorbunova isn't so sure the snails' molecules could make it through the outer layer of skin to offer any lasting benefits.

Dermatologists suggest if people want healthy skin, the best thing to do is moisturize and apply sunscreen.

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