Is Snail Slime The Secret To Perfect Skin? New Yorkers Think So
The latest skin craze involves slathering snail slime on your face to create glowing, youthful-looking skin.
According to New York City board certified plastic surgeon Matthew Schulman, M.D, snail slime facials have become “extremely popular,” especially among men and women in their 30s-50s who are looking to reduce signs of aging such as lines, wrinkles, dark spots and skin laxity.
“The results have been extremely satisfying. We see men and women with smoother, tighter skin that glows. Once the person gets over the initial hesitation about having snail slime on their face, they fall in love with the treatment and results.” – Matthew Schulman, M.D.
The treatment is called EscarGLOW™, a facial created by Schulman that uses medical-grade snail secretions (the slimy substance produced by snails) to make fine lines, age spots, visible pores, and scars on the face diminish drastically. Using a collagen-stimulating micro-needling device, the snail secretion is able to penetrate deep into the skin.
“Snail secretions have been used medicinally as far back as the ancient Greeks. It was used to cure illnesses and heal skin and stomach ulcers. In more modern times, Chilean snail farmers have noted that the constant handling of the snails left them with hands that appeared younger than the rest of their body. The use of snail secretion for cosmetic purposes is relatively new over the past several years,” Schulman told New York Smash magazine.
Does that mean we should start collecting snail slime from our backyard? Probably not.
According to Schulman, the EscarGLOW™ facial uses a special kind of snail slime secretion, collected from specific snails, without harming them. This particular snail secretion has antioxidant and anti-aging properties that cannot be found in other substances. The secretion has been shown to reverse signs of aging and sun damage, and promote skin healing and collagen and elastin formation.
“The results have been extremely satisfying. We see men and women with smoother, tighter skin that glows. Once the person gets over the initial hesitation about having snail slime on their face, they fall in love with the treatment and results. I should mention that the snail secretion is very light and has no smell. It is not slimy or sticky, so it is really not a problem for even the most squeamish patient,” Schulman said.
While the benefits of the EscarGLOW™ facial can be seen almost immediately, the best results occur after a series of 3-5 treatments for the maximum benefit of both the snail secretion and the micro-needling treatments. The cost of one treatment is approximately $300-$350.
EscarGLOW™ is available exclusively at Matthew Schulman Plastic Surgery, located at 950 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10028.