Snails as skincare have been around since the ancient Greeks, who apparently used them crushed as an ointment, but in more recent years, products have been including the slime with claims that it can help heal acne and reduce wrinkles. In 2013, inspired by treatments in East Asia, you could pay to have snails slither over your face at one spa in Northampton shire, other salons offer facials where the skin is pricked with tiny needles before a serum containing snail secretions is applied. Snail slime is said to contain the kind of ingredients you see listed on some skincare products such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. Snail oil or snail slime or more technically known as snail mucin has been touted as an anti-aging holy grail, helping everything from younger, firmer skin to acne.
What exactly is the function of snail slime?
Theoretically, this slime is mucus, produced by the snail as it crawls along to coat their bodies and prevent the drying out of their tissue. Snails’ mucus is both sticky to help the little guys protect against abrasions, bacteria and other infections as they make their way across different environments.
Snails typically have two main types of mucus:
one that covers the surface that they move along
other one that coats their bodies for protection
In terms of cosmetic interests, their secretion is made up of a collection of ingredients:
The actual ingredient used is called Helix Aspersa Muller. This unique substance the snail produces is renowned for its nourishing properties. Snail gel slime is full of great nutrients like hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans, glycoprotein and antimicrobial and copper peptides. These nutrients provide many benefits for the skin.
Some snail slime benefits:
1st – To Protect Your Skin: There’s no better protector of your skin in the entire animal kingdom, than a tiny little snail.
2nd – Improves acne appearance: Snail secretion has proven to have amazing effects on elimination and prevention of acne and acne scarring. It may sounds funny, but you can rest assured it really works.
3rd – The Fountain of Youth: snail secretion has done miracles against unwanted skin’s dryness and annoying hyper pigmentation.
4th – No More wrinkles: Daily use and application of numerous products have also shown positive effects in reducing fine lines and troubling wrinkles on your face and body.
5th – The Elastic Youth: the tiny little snails will take care of your skin’s elasticity.
Many claim the snails’ secretions on a skin stimulate the skin to produce collagen, elastin and other components thought to result in clearer skin while fighting signs of aging and sun damage. Snail filtrate also contains a chemical called allantoin, which has been shown by some peer-reviewed studies to assist in the wound-healing process and stimulate cell growth, both of which are helpful to fight skin damage. (Allantoin is present in lots of cosmetics, including anti-acne medicine.)
How do you get the snail slime?
From the common garden snail species Helix aspersa. Most of snail filtrate comes from Italy, where snail farmers are actually seeing a 400 percent increase in demand over the last two decades. As is common in the beauty industry, there are no strong scientific of skincare that can reverse signs of aging, but snail slime seems worth a try as much as any other high protein-based moisturizers.
Here are some of the top benefits of using snail gel in skin care:
Moisturizes, hydrates and nourishes dry skin
Helps to repair damaged tissue
Can help with stretch marks, rosacea, scars, burns and flat warts
Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles
Protects skin from free radicals
Helps fade acne scars and dark spots
Helps to brighten and clear skin
Snail slime facts:
Snail slime is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin. These elements help to protect the snail’s skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays. Snail slime contains 91-98% water. The slime is filtered multiple times to increase its concentration and ensure its purity, the consistency and quality of the snail mucus should also be taken into account when looking for a good product.
Cosmetic snail slime is normally harvested from lab-grown common garden snails or Cornu Aspersum (previously Helix Aspersa), which is considered an agricultural pest. Snail mucin is best known for its anti-aging properties. It helps to stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, protect skin from free radicals, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues and restore hydration. It can be used to treat dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, acne and rosacea, age spots, burns, scars, razor bumps and even flat warts. Snail secretion filtrate is widely used in Korean beauty products such as serums, facial masks, moisturizers and fading creams. Most products are actually not as oozy and gooey as you may think. Most of them have a neutral look, smell and texture.
DIY snail spas or snail slime products are not encouraged. Remember, snails used at a responsible spa center or in beauty products are professionally grown and the snail slime is professionally purified, while those in your backyard garden are not. The use of snail slime for beauty dates back to ancient Greece, where famous physician Hippocrates reportedly prescribed crushed snails and sour milk to cure inflammation. The use of snail creams started recently when Chilean farmers who handled snails for the French market noticed their skin was visibly smoother. It is recommended that you begin with a small amount of snail slime product on a specific area of the skin to check for allergies. Snail slime is, after all, something that your skin may not have encountered. You’re also advised to continue using the product for at least two weeks to realize its full benefits.