BANGKOK (dpa) – Thai public health officials are investigating a popular spa in the northern city of Chiang Mai that offers “snail facials” as a beauty treatment, a report said Sunday.
Health inspectors took an interest in the Reele Clinic after some well-known local actors and actresses were reported to be using the spa’s new services.
The treatment involves placing live snails on the face of customers.
As the snails move they leave a trail of mucus that contains vitamins beneficial to human skin, according to proponents of the treatment.
Local health and fisheries officials were quoted by the Bangkok Post as saying they inspected the clinic because it was the first to offer the snail facial treatment in Thailand, and they want to make sure it is safe.
The officials also raised concerns over whether the snails, which were imported from France for breeding in Thailand, might affect the local ecosystem.
Chiang Mai deputy public health chief Surasing Wisarurat said the treatment falls into the same category as spas that provide fish to eat the dead skin off people’s feet.