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Guide For Snail Mucus For Skincare

Snail slime (also known as snail mucin or filtrate) is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare products. After a trip to Seoul, South Korea, I was inundated with skin-softening products that advertised this peculiar ingredient. So I decided to take a deeper dive to understand what science–if any–backs the use of snail slime, captured in this easy-to-read infographic, below. (A free PDF version for download is also available at the bottom of the page for easy printing.)

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1. A Short History lesson

Snail slime has been used as far back as ancient Greece for helping ailments inside the body, like indigestion or cough,As well as outside that, More recently,South american farmers shipping out snails to France for escargot dishes noticed their hands were smoother from handling the critters.Shortly After an industry was born.

Today,South Korea has paved the way for snail mucus products,Which have since taken hold in the US and Europe.Some places in Thailand,Asia and Europe even offer live snail facials,Where critters make their way across customers skin.

2. The Science Behind Snail Slime

Snail mucus has many functions.It acts as a lubricant to coat and protect the snails’s soft body,As well as an adhesive to help a snail to climb up your favorite flower pot.The mucus is made up of many compounds tied to benefits in skincare:

  • Proteins
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Elastin
  • Antimicrobials
  • Peptides
  • Glycol acids
  • Antioxidants
Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

3. Buying Snail Products

Sheet Masks, face lotions and creams are the most common products that feature snail slime.

Typically the products contain fragrance and other beneficial ingredients, so don't worry about a sticky or smelly effect.

In a peer-reviewed study snail filtrate use over 12 week has been shown reduce fine lines and wrinkles as a result of sun exposure.

Most snail filtrate comes from Italy,Which has seen a 400 % increase in demand in the last two decades, mainly due to the cosmetics industry.

Korean cosmetics brands were the first two heavily promote snail filtrate.Now,many American and European brands carry snail products.

HINT

Make sure to read the ingredient list ! “snail filtrate” should be among the first new listed ingredients for maximum skin effect.

4. Pros vs. Cons Of Snail Products

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1. A huge body of anecdotal evidence shows benefits to snail filtrate on the skin.
2. Snail slime contains ingredients thought to prompt in the development of collagen and elastin in skin to reduce signs of aging.
3. High quality products, Particularly from Korean brands, are affordable to try.

1. There are no extensive,peer-reviewed or conclusive studies showing benefits to snail slime on the skin.
2. Using snail directly on your face could result in bacterial infections.Do not try a do-it-yourself snail mask!
3. Many companies overcharge for snail filtrate.It is not an expensive product so shouldn’t break the bank.

5. Conclusion

Given the popularity and potential benefits of snail filtrate for the skin,it’s certainly worth a try ! As with any new product, test a small amount first and discontinue use if any irritation occurs.

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