Applications of Snail Slime in Skincare Products
Asian skincare and cosmetic brands swept the global market with unusual yet effective products, including food-based face masks, creams, and more. Although using unconventional ingredients in the name of skin care isn’t new, this particularly beloved ingredient in Asia might have you raising your eyebrows. Case in point, snail slime.
Snail Slime Discovery
The benefits of snail slime or its more technical name, helix aspersa muller glycoconjugates, date back thousands of years. In Ancient Greece, it healed and reduced skin inflammation. In a clinical study of the effects of snail slime on facial burn patients, researchers found that daily application of a snail extract cream for two weeks greatly reduced patients’ pain. But beyond healing burn scars, snail slime became popular due to its skin-enhancing properties.
More recently, people found out the secret of snail slime when Chilean farmers who handled snails for the French market noticed their hands were smoother. The benefits of snail slime peaked Korea’s interest. It then quickly became a key ingredient in various best-selling Korean skin care products. A top favorite is Mizon’s All-in-One Snail Skin Repair Cream, sought to heal acne, increase moisture, and create firm skin. The slime contains helpful proteins, glycolic acids, and elastins to reduce wrinkles, heal skin, and smoothen complexions. Common skin care products already have these nutrients.
Limitations of Applying Snail Slime
Though snail slime appears beneficial, it isn’t capable of completely transforming your skin. Dr. Lauren Ploch, a board-certified dermatologist at the Georgia Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center states that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recognize “cosmeceuticals”–cosmetic products boasting of medical benefits. In other words, they don’t test the cosmetics for their claimed medical benefits. Thus, it’s difficult to tell whether the product is making a considerable difference to your skin.
Ready to expand your horizons and try out the snail cream? Test it out first on a small patch of skin before applying on your face. This ensures that there are no skin reactions. Have further questions about your skin? Ask a board-certified dermatologist today.
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