Slow Aging to a Snail's Pace

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Snail Mucin – or snail secretion filtrate – has been all the rage in South Korean Skincare and has finally found its way into western trends as an incredible collagen growth factor stimulator. It’s known for incredible hydrating and restorative properties and can be found in everything from eye creams to beauty balms, but the wide array of extraordinary benefits snail secretion filtrate can provide may just surprise you…

You may be thinking…snail slime? On my face?

Snail Mucin began to crawl its way into South American skincare when escargot harvesters noticed their hands looking smoother and less wrinkled over time. The very ingredients that protect snails and prevent their bodies from drying out also work to smooth wrinkles, heal scars and leave skin super-hydrated and healthy. Some places around the world even offer live snail facials, where — you guessed it — the little guys crawl along your face and leave trails of mucin for skin to freely absorb.

What’s in Snail Secretion Filtrate?

It’s naturally packed with humectants like hyaluronic and glycolic acids and also contains:

  • Allantoin – speeds healing factor and moisturizes
  • Collagen and Elastin – improves skin elasticity and blood flow
  • Peptides – copper, zinc, iron and manganese to rebuild and repair damaged cells

The glycolic acid content of snail mucin also makes it a great exfoliatiant and can be helpful in balancing oil production and thus reducing the occurrence of acne when used in conjunction with other non-comedogenic skincare. The wound healing and growth factor benefits also make it an incredible tool for the reduction of acne scars and other visible scar tissue.

How is Snail Secretion Filtrate harvested?

Getting snails to release their filtrate previously required putting them through stress. In the past, this was achieved by subjecting the critters to salt water to the point they would produce the specific kind of mucin used in cosmetics (snails produce different types of mucin for different purposes).

You’ll be relieved to know that many contemporary breeders now use cruelty-free techniques to encourage snails to release their mucin. Ozonated “Snail Spas” and other less stressful methods of extracting snail filtrate are becoming more and more popular as demands for cruelty-free practices — and Snail Secretion Filtrate itself — increase.

Is Snail Secretion Filtrate actually good for my skin?

The short answer – yes! Many skincare users consider snail secretion filtrate to be an excellent all-in-one serum:

  • Hydrating
  • Restorative
  • Antioxidant
  • Exfoliating
  • Regenerative

Although, research shows that the quality of the mucin itself depends on breeders keeping good environmental conditions for their snails. As a result, snail farmers are making a more concerted effort to regulate what the snails eat, how they are kept and how the slime is extracted.

Is Snail Secretion Filtrate safe?

While there is no official documentation on the risks or side effects of using snail slime on the skin, it must be said that purchasing your product from a reputable source cannot be overstated. Without proper control and sanitary conditions, you may run the risk of contaminated product that could cause a bacterial infection.  As always, you should spot-test any skincare product before application.

Should YOU use Snail Secretion Filtrate?

Snail Mucin is suitable for all skin types and can be used for general anti-aging maintenance, as a light moisturizer or even to sooth skin after treatments and retinol applications. The most incredible results are from conditions that require the healing factor. Post inflammatory erythema and other inflammatory skin conditions can be drastically improved through the use of Snail Secretion Filtrate. If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution to a daily serum, the right Snail Secretion Filtrate product could be your answer…

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