POWER TO CURE
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.”