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Katie Holmes is improving her complexion with snail slime.

The 34-year-old actress - who split from husband Tom Cruise last July - was reportedly recommended to use creams containing mucin, snail extract that is found in some South American and South Korean products, and is already impressed by the results.

A source said: "Last year was hard for Katie. She knows she's got a lot of catching up to do in terms of her career and is trying anything she can to stay looking her best.

"A friend recommended she use snail gel and she's really happy with how smooth her skin looks."

Katie - whose Broadway play 'Dead Accounts' was axed seven weeks early due to poor ticket sales - is making an effort to look her best in a bid to boost both her career and personal life.

The source told Look magazine: "Katie's going all out to look amazing for auditions to land a dream film role.

"She knows it's time to relaunch herself completely."

Since splitting from Tom, Katie has relocated to New York City, where she lives with the couple's six-year-old daughter, Suri.