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Snail Slime - The Magical Ingredient

Snail Slime

Snail slime is a favorite skincare ingredient for many people worldwide. To some people this sounds gross but bear with me as you discover  the beautiful things that snail slime can do to your skin.In many parts of the globe, snail secretion is seen as an anti-aging miracle, preventing acne and promoting younger skin. We are going to learn and find out all the facts about how snail slime plays a role in skincare.


About Snail Slime

Ancient Greeks used snail slime to treat internal illnesses, such as coughs and indigestion, as well as externally for inflammation of the skin. South Korea pioneered snail-based products, which the United States and Europe have since adopted. The products include serums, lotions, and creams made from snails. There are spas in Thailand, some Asian countries, and Europe that offer  snail facial treatments where the creatures move across the face of customers.


Exactly What Is Snail Lime?

 A snail's slime is actually mucus produced as it moves along to cover its body and prevent it from drying out. Its mucus acts as both an adhesive--helping snails stay attached--and making them lubricated--helping them avoid cuts, infections, and abrasions as they traverse the different environments they inhabit.Snails produce two kinds of mucus: The first type coats their surface (leaving behind glittery trails on driveways and sidewalks) and the other  protects their body. 


Slimy mucus serves several functions for snails, including providing smooth scooting on rough surfaces, distracting predators, identifying other snails, and even finding their way home. It's the other version that is more elastic and thicker, enabling it to cling to surfaces as well as climb up walls and potted plants. Finally, snail slime exists in another form, which is secreted by the snail themselves as a type of protection and becomes more abundant when the snail is in distress. Cosmetics generally use this version of snail slime.


What Are The  Benefits Of Snail Slime?

Researchers claim that snail extract can treat everything from sunspots to wrinkles to acne. Apparently, the mucus in the snail's mucus stimulates collagen and elastin production in the user's skin. Snail-based cosmetics can cost hundreds of dollars, and some people will shell out hundreds for them.


They contain many ingredients that are believed to be beneficial to skin's health:  glycol acid,  proteins,  elastin, peptides, antimicrobials , antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid, The secretions of snails on a skin surface are believed to help stimulate the body's collagen and elastin production while fighting aging and the effects of the sun. 


Some peer-reviewed studies have shown that snail filtrate contains allantoin, a substance that can speed wound healing and stimulate the production of new cells, both of which are helpful for repairing damaged skin. Molecular shrinkers such as  water-soluble polymers and  proteins are believed to play a role in how snail slime pulls the skin back when it dries. 

Therefore, these proteins may improve the health and smoothness of the skin, but it's essential to remember that how effective they are depends on where they are sourced. Ultimately, there is no way to determine which of the active ingredients in snail slime are responsible for its beneficial effects on human skin. This could be an example of "the whole being greater than its parts," meaning snail slime has a smoothing effect due to the combination of beneficial ingredients. 


How Is Snail Slime Extracted?

Garden snails, such as Helix aspersa, are usually used to obtain snail slime for commercial purposes. Over the last two decades, snail farmers in Italy have seen an increase of 400 percent in snail filtrate demand. Currently, there are more than 4,000 Italian producers who raise these snails commonly found in Europe.

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