[...] plastic surgeon Matthew Schulman, M.D., offers clients the EscarGlow Facial ($2,000, series of six treatments), which uses the Biopelle® Tensage® Intensive Serum in his New York City practice. When snails are agitated, they produce a thick uid in order to protect themselves. In “The Effects of Filtrate of the Secretion of the Cryptomphalus aspersa on Photoaged Skin” in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, the slime was found to possess skin-regenerative properties. “The snail extract has potent growth factors proven to increase collagen and elastin production in the skin,” says licensed esthetician Amanda Sanzone. “It also includes antioxidants and peptides to nourish photodamaged and aging skin.” According to her, applying live snails to the skin isn’t nearly as effective as using the purified, concentrated snail extract in the Tensage® serum.