Snail slime beauty products are all the rage now. Before you turn away, it’s important that you know more about why they’re so craved:
- Snail slime (or its cosmetic name, snail filtrate) is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin. These elements help to protect the snail’s skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays. The slime is filtered multiple times to increase its concentration and ensure its purity
- Snail filtrate is best known for its anti-aging properties. It helps to stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, protect skin from free radicals, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues and restore hydration. It can be used to treat dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, acne and rosacea, age spots, burns, scars, razor bumps and even flat warts.
- Snail filtrate is widely used in Korean beauty products such as serums, facial masks, moisturisers and fading creams. Most products are actually not as oozy and gooey as you may think. Most of them have a neutral look, smell and texture.
- The use of snail slime for beauty dates back to ancient Greece, where famous physician Hippocrates reportedly prescribed crushed snails and sour milk to cure inflammation. The use of snail creams started recently when Chilean farmers who handled snails for the French market noticed their skin was visibly smoother.
- It is recommended that you begin with a small amount of snail slime product on a specific area of the skin to check for allergies. Snail slime is, after all, something that your skin may not have encountered. You’re also advised to continue using the product for at least two weeks to realize its full benefits.