Snail mucus, snail secretions, snail slime, or snail trails, no matter what you call it, that gooey stuff that snails drag around, is the new hottest skincare treatment around. Ya, think it’s a gimmick? Well you won’t after reading this article!
What is the Deal with Snails?
The use of snail secretions on the skin has been going on since Hippocrates. He would crush up those cute little snails (that make’s me sad) and mix them up with sour milk as a cure for skin inflammation (sad and nauseated).
But the snails he used aren’t necessarily the same sort of snails that we’re talking about. Ours are very special happy snails that are indigineous to Chile and are called the Helix Aspersa Muller Snail (and no sour milk is required).
The Science Behind Snail Mucus
Well that’s 5 words I NEVER thought I’d say. But, this isn’t just a gimmick. There’s actual science to back up the efficacy of snail mucus in the use of skincare. Back in the 1980’s, a family in Santiago, Chile, opened a snail farm with the intention of exporting them to France (gotta love ya some escargot).
After a time, the farmer noticed that his hands, and the hands of others who were in frequent contact with the snails, healed faster from minor cuts and abrasions, and were softer and more youthful looking than before. This prompted research at the University of Chile, as well as at several independent labs, and what they found was surprising.
This certain breed of snail, the Chilean Helix Aspersa Muller Snail, contained key elements needed to maintain youthful skin. (There are others, such as the Cryptomphalus Aspersa, but not all snail goo has these properties, so don’t go chopping up your backyard shelled friends. That would be mean).
Skin Saving Elements in Snail Mucus
Antioxidants – Glutathione, CoQ 10, Carotenoids, Flavenol are all found in the Helix Aspersa and all help in DNA repair, which revives your skin.
Allantoin – a natural moisturizer and skin protectant.
Collagen & Elastin – the very important stuff that keeps our skin tight instead of saggy and crepey.
Copper Peptides – encourages collagen synthesis and stimulates tissue regeneration.
Protein – the building block for our skin, important for maintaining a healthy, youthful glow.
Glycolic Acid – an excellent exfoliant which removes your dead skin cells, helping your fresh skin to shine through and new cells to regenerate.
Think of this. We use all of those elements on our skin on a daily basis, but mostly in a synthetic form. It turns out the snail mucus has it all and in NATURAL form! That’s big.