Let’s talk about a really special skin care ingredient today – snail slime.
We have to agree that animal “waste” are gross, right? But there are some exceptions, like we all enjoy honey even though we know it is bees vomit. I have heard some people say that the sperms of a whale makes excellent perfume. Over the past few years there have been discoveries on how some animal secretions can be of benefit to us. One of the industries that have really benefited from this discoveries is the skin care cosmetic and treatment. In this article we are going to talk about a Korean skin care ingredient that has taken the world by storm.
First originated in South Korea, snail slime for the skin is the mucus that ooze from the gland of a snail and it has become an ingredient for making facial ointments, treatments and even facial masks. As strange as it might sound this animal secretion has a lot of benefits to your skin as research has proven and we are going to be looking at some of them in this article. This K beauty ingredient is sometimes referred to as snail secretion (SSF) and is made from the mucin that is naturally created by the snails to renew, restore and protect themselves.
So how does snail slime help your skin?
SSF optimizes your skin’s overall health
The snail mucin is actually packed with important minerals such as manganese, copper peptides, iron and zinc and it is also rich in Vitamin A as well as vitamin E which are essential when it comes to restoring your skin. The properties contained in the snail mucin will also play a vital role when it comes to healing your skin. According to studies, this mucin also include Allantoin which will stimulate your skin as well as help regenerate healing. The mucin also contains proteins which help improve the texture of your skin as well as improve the skin nutrition. The snail mucin will seal in moisture which will allow the active ingredients to penetrate your skin. The mucin will also prevent your skin from dryness. This baby is exactly what you need for the general improvement of your skin.
SSF is perfect for skin hydration
Your skin needs to be hydrated always and there is no better way than using the snail secretion. This does not need to be proven by scientists in a lab because it is obvious that more than 90 percent of the snail mucin is made of water. The snail mucin is definitely an excellent option for a dry skin especially the one that have wrinkles or fine lines because of dryness. Try out the snail mucin and you will be glad you did.
SSF has anti-aging properties
SSF will seal in the moisture, help your skin heal and according to the recent studies, SSF has antiaging potential as well. This is something that is still not confirmed yet but a lot of studies and research tend to agree that it can help you combat the aging signs. If you are wondering how companies get the mucin from the snails, this is how. When the snails are put into some kind of stress they usually excrete the fluid as a way to protect themselves. They then take the mucin which is processed and added into skin care products.
SSF is a protection powerhouse
Am just going to refer to it as a protection powerhouse for lack of a better term to describe how important SSF is when it comes to protecting your skin. First of all, the snail mucin will protect your skin from premature aging. In addition to that, it will also protect your skin from UV rays, dryness and even pollution! The copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, and the antimicrobial peptides found in the snail mucin makes it such a great skin protector. Not forgetting the glycoprotein and proteoglycans which are also very important when it comes to protecting your skin.
SSF fades scarring and stretch marks
The snail mucin has been proven to boost tissue repair as well as promote fast cell renewal. One of the factors that ensures this is the fact that the snail mucin has fibrinolytic enzymes which are believed to be very effective for the nourishment of your skin. The other reason why snail mucin will fade scarring is because it contains glycolic acid which is known by most of us as a natural exfoliate which fights fine lines, scars, and wrinkles. Snail mucin also contains other properties which are important when it comes to helping your skin.
SSF kills bacteria and handles acne.
If you have been struggling with acne you will be surprised by how much the snail mucin can help you out. SSF has been proven to kill bacteria especially the ones that cause acne. The mucin is packed with natural antibiotics so you can be sure of reduced acne when using products that have SSF in high levels. Many have reported clearer skin after using snail mucin on skin consistently.
It’s Skin is one of the first Korean brand to come out with a snail mucin skincare product. Their best-selling It’s Skin Prestige Lotion D’Escargot I contains 21% of snail mucin, which is considered the optimal concentration by It’s Skin. Another notable ingredient is adenosine, which is good for anti-aging and keeping skin firm. Featuring their lotion on the left and toner on the right.