Snail mucus extract is considered to be a miraculous substance with a whole range of properties that have a positive effect on the skin.
According to scientists research, snail mucin was used in ancient Greece. In the writings of the healer, physician and philosopher Hippocrates, references were found to the treatment of inflammatory processes using mucus in combination with sour milk.
Much later, at the end of the twentieth century, workers at one of the snail farms in South America noticed the skin of the hands, which every day became more well-groomed and moisturized, looked younger, and wounds healed much faster.
In laboratories, a long process of studying the composition of mucin began, as a result of which a whole arsenal of useful components was discovered there.
Composition and benefits
Natural ingredients, acting in combination, rejuvenate, heal, nourish and moisturize the skin, therefore snail mucus is very useful for the face.
- allantoin is a product of uric acid oxidation, which is a colorless crystals, soluble in water. Stimulates natural regeneration, helps to remove dead skin cells, softens and tightens pores. It has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, due to which it is included in the list of local antiseptics. It is widely used in cosmetics.
- Glycolic acid — the simplest hydroxy acid that cleans pores. Accelerates cell renewal processes, helps other trace elements penetrate deeper into the skin.
- Collagen is a fibrillar protein, a natural component of connective tissue that provides strength and elasticity. Rejuvenates and tightens the skin.
- elastin — a protein of connective tissue, also gives elasticity and firmness. Paired with collagen, it is present in the vast majority of anti-aging creams.
- hyaluronic acid — non-sulfonated glycosaminoglycan, which is part of connective, epithelial and nervous tissues. Launches natural processes for the production of collagen and elastin, exfoliates, moisturizes the epidermis, smoothes wrinkles.
- vitamin A — evens out complexion, regulates hydration processes (the ability of tissues to manage water resources);
- vitamin C — heals, protects against bacteria;
- vitamin E — reduces inflammation, moisturizes;
- natural peptide antibiotics — contribute to the destruction of pathogenic flora on the surface of the dermis, prevent the development of infections, fight acne.
All of these substances are used separately in different cosmetics. Moreover, manufacturers often obtain them synthetically, while in the snail mucus extract such a rich composition is completely natural.
Depending on the type of your skin, auxiliary components are added to the cream or serum, which enhance the desired function, complementing the positive effect.
Snail mucus in medicine
The useful substance is used not only in cosmetology. The bactericidal and regenerating properties of the extract have found application in medicinal ointments for burns, warts, scars on the skin.
Despite the higher demand in the market for cosmetic products, European burn centers use the practice of treatment courses, after which patients get good results. For this reason, such institutions on an ongoing basis purchase mucin from manufacturing enterprises.
How is snail mucus extract obtained?
The mollusk secretes the “necessary” mucin in two cases: for the healing of chips on the shell and in case of danger (this is a protective reaction of the animal to stress).
The quality of the product depends on the following factors:
The extract production process is costly, so the funds based on it are not cheap. Snail slime can be bought at the same farms where shellfish are grown on an industrial scale.
Modern extraction methods do not harm the animals. One of the new methods was developed in Italy: a special substance is sprayed on the snails with a device called “MullerOne”, under the action of which the mollusks secrete the desired secret. After collection, the mucus is cleaned and filtered. High quality product does not contain water.
Further, from the unprocessed mucus, it is necessary to obtain an extract — lyophilized mucus (dried by a vacuum method). From 1 kg of mucin, only 5-10 grams of dry matter is obtained, which is a white light powder.
On the world market, 1 g of such a dry extract costs from 25 euros.
High-quality cosmetics containing snail mucus are quite expensive, but their beneficial properties justify the high price, helping women around the world to maintain their skin in perfect condition.