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Bug bites and stings are an­noy­ing, itchy and at times even su­per painful. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to mount­ing re­search, in­sects may of­fer a so­lu­tion to many com­mon ail­ments, with venom and other slimy in­gre­di­ents in­creas­ingly be­ing used in a range of health-boost­ing treat­ments – and even pro­vid­ing in­spi­ra­tion for new medicines.

Stars such as Katie Holmes are re­port­edly lin­ing up for the un­usual Celebrity Es­car­got Course fa­cial,cial which in­volves al­low­ing snails to slither across your face, in a bid to turn back the hands of time. The snail fa­cial, which re­port­edly orig­i­nated in Tokyo in 2013, has been dubbed the new foun­tain of youth be­cause of claims it will help re­ju­ve­nate skin while also re­duc­ing the signs of age­ing.

This fa­cial owes its ef­fec­tive­ness to snail mu­cous, which boasts a cock­tail of anti-age­ing pro­teins, an­tiox­i­dants and hyaluronic acid, that’s be­lieved to as­sist the heal­ing process and im­prove skin mois­ture.mois­ture Stud­ies show that it’s also use­ful for treat­ing burn wounds, and as pain re­lief, when ap­plied di­rectly to skin. But not ev­ery­one is con­vinced. Der­mal ther­a­pist Carol Friel­ing, from Ur­ban Re­treat Day Spa in Perth, tried it and says she didn’t no­tice any­thing at all.

The jury is def­i­nitely still out. “It’s not some­thing I’d bring to my busi­ness,” Friel­ing says. “It’s just a fad. It’s doubt­ful whether the fa­cial would ever be al­lowed here be­cause of strict Aus­tralian laws when it comes to hy­giene.”

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