As the logic goes, to get a youthful radiance to your skin, use snail slime! (Yep, you heard that right.) "This delightful mucus is high in protein, calcium, and lipids. When you apply it to your face, it stimulates growth of collagen and elastin, which repair signs of aging, and it’s claimed to minimize the damage generated by harmful free radicals that are responsible for premature skin aging. Try mixing some of the slime in with your daily serum or moisturizer," says Jessica Seifert of liveglam.com, a leader in online beauty education. Now, how you obtain this ooey gooey goodness, is up to your own creativity!
Snail derived ingredients in skin care are on the rise, most notably in Korean beauty brands. "Snail mucin contains potent proteins and glycolic acid that have been shown to have anti-aging benefits," concurs Wendy Lewis, Editor in Chief of Beautyinthebag.com.
The higher the concentration, the greater the benefits for skin and nails. "These products are often promoted for acne and acne scars, as well as lines, wrinkles, texture, and skin brightening. Tony Moly from Korea has a whole range of snail slim based skincare, like the uber soothing Intense Care Smooth Hydro Gel Mask and their 24K Gold Snail," says Lewis.
Other very popular snail-based skincare include Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Cream, which is amazing for returning elasticity and reducing wrinkles (especially in that neck area!.) Peter Thomas Roth's Un-Wrinkle FastActing Serum is made with snail venom and diamond dust—it's great under makeup to destress skin and help even out facial impurities.
And, it's not just in skincare: Korean cosmetic brand Touch in Sol Stretchex Stretch Lash Effects Mascara is formulated with Snail Slime Extract to prevent droopy lashes and increase lash flexibility. (Of note: no snails are harmed in the collection of the snail slime!).
Snail secretions are known to reduce fine lines, dark spots, and rough skin. So, it comes as no surprise that it's made its way to spas: Dr. Matthew Schulman has an EscarGLOW facial at his New York practice. The EscarGLOW facial was created by Dr. Schulman, in conjunction with his medical esthetician, and is exclusive to his office. "Snail slime naturally contains healing properties. The main components of the facial are medical-grade snail secretions and a collagen-stimulating microneedling device. While the benefits of the EscarGLOW facial can be seen almost immediately, the best results occur after a series of 3-5 treatments. These multiple treatments allow for the maximum benefit of both the snail secretion and the microneedling treatments. We see men and women with smoother, tighter skin that glows. Once the person gets over the initial hesitation about having snail slime on their face, they fall in love with the treatment and results. I should mention that the snail secretion is very light and has no smell. It is not slimy or sticky, so it is really not a problem for even the most squeamish patient," says Dr. Schulman.
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