Snails – Hot New Skin Care Ingredient?

Published: May 31, 2015

We have all heard the stories about women who will do almost anything for beauty – but what about this new skin care trend involving the use of snails? Would you be willing to go that far? Lionesse has the lowdown on this hot new skin care ingredient, and the information on why this is such a huge hit among women worldwide.

Closeup of snails on a wooden table.

Where it Started
In 2006, farmers in Chile noticed that after handling snails to be used in Escargot, a delicacy served in France, that their hands were remarkably soft and smooth. This trend caught on, and once word got out that these slimy, squirmy creatures are capable of helping humans to obtain such soft skin, research began on the slime of the snails, and the rest is history.

From there, skin care companies began breeding their own snails and collecting the slime from the snails by subjecting them to “safe mechanical stress”, where the snails secrete larger than normal amounts of slime, and the slime is then harvested and purified, ensuring safety for human use.

Long before it was realized that this ingredient would be beneficial in skin care, Grecians made snails and sour milk a thing when they were combined to treat inflammation of the skin. Who knew?

What’s In the Slime?
According to scientific reports, this snail-goo contains high levels of elastin, hyaluronic acid, protein, allantoin, collagen and glycolic acid, which are very beneficial to the skin. It’s also said that this unique ingredient is beneficial at combatting skin wounds, and helps the skin to heal at a remarkably faster rate than any other ingredient on the market, making it a perfect ingredient for healing burns and other injuries to the skin.

Woman holding a snail in her hand.

What Is the Slime Good For?
These products are being utilized in acne creams, protection against UV rays in sunscreen products, and is also being used in select BB Creams, among many other skin care products such as anti-aging skin care products. This particular ingredient was first spotted being marketed in the holy grail of skin care, Korea, first – followed by other markets, such as South America. Now that it has hit the States, it’s only a matter of time before it explodes, becoming the most sought after product on the market.

Scientific Evidence
Many doctors claim there has not been enough scientific evidence or research shown to prove that this icky sticky ingredient is any better at controlling any one skin condition, or another, than any other product on the market. Still, many women are swearing by this ingredient, and are paying no mind to what any doctors are saying. Doctors are recommending that women opt for more well-tested and proven ingredients to treat their skin conditions and to protect their skin.

On the other hand, there are those who are living completely natural lifestyles, and who balk at the idea of putting chemically laden products onto their skin. In the end, it’s all based on personal preference.

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