Snails: The latest skincare fad?

You may have heard of “bee venom facials.” If so, then this new garden-variety treatment from Japan probably won’t shock you – snail facials.

As seen in this Telegraph article, a new boutique has opened up in Japan touting the benefits of snail mucus for the skin. “Snail slime can help the recovery of skin cells on the face, so we expect the snail facial to help heal damaged skin,” says Yoko Minami, sales manager for Clinical Salon in Japan, in the news story.

A slimy solution to skin cell damage?

What does a snail facial entail, you ask? The treatment, officially called the Celebrity Escargot Course, costs about $200 (about ¥19,900), lasts for an hour, and lets loose 5 snails to run free on your face (with attendants nearby to prevent them from getting too close to your eyes, nose or mouth). Afterwards, facial massages, masks, and creams with, you guessed it, snail mucus as the main ingredient, are applied.

Snail mucus not up your alley (or, alternatively, not in Japan)? No worries – there remain less-slimy alternatives on the market to help rejuvenate skin, such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels, which are both great ways to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars and age spots. These procedures are non-invasive, require little recovery time, and perhaps best of all, are not secreted by snails. Be sure to talk to your surgeon about your skincare options at your next consultation.

3 Ways to Age with Grace

Only kids want to grow older, but for adults, time will best us all. It slays kings, ruins towns, and beats high mountains down – our skin elasticity can’t hold out forever. However, we can choose to age with grace, and accept our golden years with dignity and grace. For how to do that best, follow these tips for aging gracefully.

Keep Your Body Healthy

One of the best ways to age well is to maintain a healthy body, and keeping active is the way to go about it. However, that is not to say it must be strenuous; experts say that a few hours of moderate aerobic activity a week, complimented by muscle training twice a week is more than enough for those over 65. A good diet is also crucial, so maintain a full compliment of greens in the crisper.

Keep Up Your Skincare Regimen

What exercise and diet can’t cure, a good skin care regimen can; visible signs of aging will come, and there’s not much activity and and healthy eating can do about that. If you have a skin care regimen, which includes such things as lotions anti-aging creams, you’ll want to maintain it. If you don’t have such a regimen, consider getting started on one. Minimally-invasive procedures such as chemical peels and Juvederm can also be used to compliment your skin care plan.

Don’t Hide Your Age

Aging gracefully isn’t just about the physical side of things, but also the mental side. Feeling good about yourself and your age will pay dividends in how you come across to others. Feeling good about your age and your body will make you feel good about yourself, and those good vibes will actually help you come across with more vitality. Don’t hide your age, or be ashamed of it – be proud of it!

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll look radiant and turn heads will into your golden years. For more information about anti-aging treatments available to you, contact Dr. Paul Benien’s offices for a consultation.