There was a bit on Penn & Tellers show Bullsh*t where they convinced people to let snails climb all over their face. It was supposed to be an anti-aging product but the real point of the segment was that people are gullible and will believe anything if you dress it up right. It was an amusing bit.[youtuber youtube=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzjoKhBklYg#t=4m35s’]
So, imagine my surprise when I saw this article about the latest fad in skin care.
Of course, no one is immune to magical thinking. And it is incredibly difficult to remain skeptical when a perceived authority is giving you a good story. As a cosmetic formulator you need to keep an open mind (maybe this snail slime really does work) but not so open that you become gullible. Some ingredients really are silly.