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Is 'natural' always best?
Posted 7/17/2013 9:00:00 AM

Even as advancements in science and technology give us more ways to create man-made products, there have always been people who insist that 'natural' is best. And in some cases I'd have to agree. 'Natural' food, for example, is certainly better for us than processed, boxed, frozen or canned. I generally believe that the 'natural' features we're born with are better than those that have been 'improved' by plastic surgery (have you seen some of the Housewives from [City of Your Choice] on television?!); although I'm happy to enhance those 'natural' features with make-up - and I'm certainly not going to start getting my lipstick from the juice of a berry!

But there are definitely some situations where 'natural' is not necessarily the best choice. I ran across one this morning.

It seems the latest trend in beauty treatments in Japan is the Snail Facial. No, not a facial that's done at a snail's pace, slow and methodical and soothing. A facial that features putting snails on your face, to stroll around spreading their, um, goo, on your skin. Apparently snail slime contains proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, all of which help the skin retain moisture and reduce redness.

If you read the ingredients of just about any anti-aging product on the store shelves, you'll see that protein, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid are pretty high up on the list. Scientifically proven to work. And they work without having to put the 'original creator' - ie: the snail - directly on your face.

So, in this particular case, I'm going with man-made as the better option. I'm happy to consider the use of hands for application of anti-aging products as 'natural' as I need.

If, after seeing the picture above, you're inclined to learn more about snail facials, click here :)



Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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