The term «snail extract» means a product that is obtained from snail mucus by vacuum drying. There are now a number of pharmacological and cosmetic companies on the world market that manufacture lyophilized mucus.
The production process of raw materials is costly, therefore, the cost of the finished product is high — from 25 euros per 1 g (only 5-10 g of dry matter is obtained from 1 kg of mucus). Despite this price, snail mucin products are in great demand.
So is it just another fashion statement or a truly miraculous product?
The history of the use of mucin in cosmetology and medicine
So, according to research, the first mention of snail mucus appeared in the works of Hippocrates, who treated skin inflammation with mollusks.
It is also known that African women have used mucin since ancient times to preserve their youth and beauty.
A real breakthrough in knowledge about this product took place only in the 20th century. First, in the 60s, a Spanish oncologist who experimented with snails in order to find a cure for cancer noted the following fact: during irradiation, molluscs secrete mucus, which differs in composition from the usual substance that appears when moving. Interestingly, from this substance, the wounds on the body of gastropods healed much faster.
Later, at the end of the last century, the owner of a snail farm in South America drew attention to the medicinal properties of mucus. He noticed that the skin of the hands of workers who work hard in the scorching sun began to look younger. Small wounds healed faster, and the skin was soft and smooth.
Since then, scientists have embarked on a long process of studying animal mucin, which eventually culminated in sensational discoveries in the fields of cosmetology and medicine.
Snail slime composition
Studies have found that snail mucin is secreted during stress. It contains a whole range of natural components that have a positive effect on the epidermis:
- glycolic acid;
- hyaluronic acid;
- vitamins A, C, E;
- peptide antibiotics of natural origin.
At least three of these points are familiar to women, as they are found in most anti-aging creams. These are elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid. All three components work in conjunction with each other, responsible for skin elasticity, firmness and hydration.
Allantoin is a colorless crystal that stimulates natural regeneration, has anti-inflammatory properties, removes dead skin cells, softens the skin and tightens pores.
Glycolic acid is responsible for cleansing and accelerating cell renewal processes. A set of vitamins and peptide antibiotics protect against bacteria, reduce inflammation and heal the skin.
The benefits of snail mucus are as follows:
- the best components for beauty and health are combined in one product;
- the extract is completely natural.
Who are snail mucin products for?
First of all, before buying a cream or serum with snail mucus, allergy sufferers doubt. However, it has long been known that this component is a hypoallergenic product. However, read the label carefully: allergies may occur to the rest of the ingredients.
Of course, in the manufacture of funds, a number of other components are present in the composition. Their action is just aimed at supplementing and enhancing the effect of mucin, as well as adapting the product to your skin type.
Thus, creams, fluids, masks, etc. with snail mucus can be chosen by everyone.