The beauty industry is no stranger to the use of questionable practices. Demi Moore famously underwent a blood-sucking treatment by leeches, and Madonna was said to have been a fan of a solution that counted human placenta among its components. Even the seemingly untouchable Kate Middleton was recently outed for using bee venom in lieu of Botox to alleviate lines and wrinkles. The skincare business is positively bursting at the seams with weird, off-putting ingredients, and they all tend to be found in nature … though rarely in the places you’d think to look.
Straight out of Korea (where all the most innovative beauty products seem to be sourced from these days), hot on the trail of BB creams, is something that will really leave a trail: the mucous-like substance left in the wake of snails. Yes, top-selling Korean brands have professed that snail slime is the next big breakthrough as an ingredient in creams and serums. It’s weird, but it’s hardly the weirdest — the anti-aging treatment containing babies’ foreskins takes the cake on that one — and claims to have scientific reasoning to back it up: apparently, snail slime is loaded with protein, glycolic acid, and elastin to aid in skin regeneration, fighting off infection, and even combating UV rays. And here I was thinking snails were good for nothing! Miracle claims notwithstanding, I don’t think I’ll be putting this stuff on my face any time in the foreseeable future. Snails really creep me out. [Refinery 29]