Why people are rubbing snail slime on their faces

Some moisturizers and facial creams can feel a bit slimy after you apply them.

That seems to be the idea behind products with "snail essence" in them.

You know, the goo that comes out of a snail?

It may gross you out, but this treatment from Ancient Greece is making a big comeback as a Korean-based beauty trend and is now used in some high-end products in the states, according to The Huffington Post.

The claim is that, when concentrated, the goo hydrates skin, prevents aging and improves wrinkles and scars.

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But is it good to slather snail slime all over your face?

Dermatologists and doctors are divided, according to The Cut.

They report the science behind snail goo products is inconclusive because there have been no long-term trials.

It makes sense that snail slime could be a quick fix, given that it contains a combination of elastin, proteins, peptides and glycolic acids; all known ingredients for younger looking skin.

But that's the argument divided dermatologists make because the same key nutrients can be found in other products without the goo!

To be fair, a small study of 25 people with skin damage in 2013 led by California researchers showed those who applied snail slime saw an improvement in eye wrinkles and skin texture after 12 weeks.

Most dermatologists say if you're gonna use it, use with caution.

Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Escar-Glow!

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