8 Reasons You Should Try Snail Slime On Your Skin

A snail | Photo: Luke Brugger
A snail | Photo: Luke Brugger

We all try a lot of absurd things to make our skin glow, look smooth and have that desirable skin people will love and compliment. In that process, we make use of some chemical product which irritates your skin and causes more harm than good.

In recent years, the snail has gone from garden dwellers to appetizers to a skin-care ingredient. Naturally, snails protect, renew and restore themselves.

Snail slime, also known as snail secretion filtrate (SSF) or snail mucin, is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, antimicrobial and copper peptides, which are used in beauty products, which makes it a popular ingredient in skincare because beauty enthusiasts are beneficial to protect your skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays.

It offers a great result when used on human skin because it moisturises the face and keeps it rejuvenated.

Here are the reasons you should use snail slime on your skin:

It has Anti-Ageing Properties
According to Skin expert dermatologist and Lead Advisor for Brazilian Skin, Dr Andrea Godoy, when snails are placed under mild stress conditions, they excrete a thick fluid to protect themselves.

The snail mucin aids human’s skin by hydrating, preventing ageing, improving wrinkles, scars, treating dry skin and stretch marks. It also helps stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, protects your skin from free radicals, soothes your skin, repairs damaged tissues and restores hydration. Beyond the treatment of moisturising and healing your skin, SSF also has anti-ageing properties.

It Fades Scarring And Stretch Marks
The snail filtrate has two components that boost tissue repair and promote rapid cell renewal which is fibrinolysis enzymes-which is thought to be cellular nourishment for the skin and glycolic acid- it serves as a natural exfoliant which handles scars, fine lines and wrinkles, when you look at them all, they are a powerful ingredient. It has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant solution which has proven its worth in scar and acne treatment.

Snail slime softens your existing scars and damaged tissues. It also treats heavy scarring like ice-pick acne scars, hypertrophic scars and post-surgery scarring. It helps remove the dead materials from the scarring tissue and build new ones for skin cell regeneration. Snail slime contains very little or no oil. The effect takes 2-4 weeks.

A snail mask | Photo: Into The Gloss

It Kills Bacteria
Snail has the ability to kill bacteria that causes acne in your skin. Your skin will remain clear if you use it consistently.

It Treats Acne
If you suffer from an acne breakout, snail slime is one of the best treatments because it contains natural antimicrobial properties, which helps fight bacteria that causes acne. In addition, glycolic acid also helps prevent breakouts by exfoliating the skin and removing dead skin and unclogging pores.

It Is Good For Hydration
Hyaluronic acid which is part of snail slime ingredient attracts water molecules to the outer skin layers, keeping it hydrated. Snail slime contains 98% of water which is excellent for dry skin as those with dry skin often battle wrinkles and fine lines.

It Is A Protection Powerhouse
The powerful tools of snail slime are its ingredients which include: antimicrobials, copper, hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans and glycoprotein. It houses a lot of ingredients that help your skin glow, smooth it and prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

Try using a serum that includes a clinical level of snail mucin, you will experience a different skin within few days.

It Promotes Optimal Skin Health
Snail slime contains much healthy benefit and important ingredient that nourishes, smoothing, moisturise your skin.

The beneficiary ingredients of SSF are plenty and they include; allantoin which stimulates your skin and regenerate healing, anti-irritation, smoothing action, proteins which aid skin nutrient and improving skin texture.

It also provides your skin with potent quantities of vitamins A and E, zinc, iron, manganese and copper.

It Exfoliates

Snail slime is an amazing exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and stimulates cell renewal. Its exfoliating properties are attributed to the natural collagen, elastin and glycolic acid found in it. It evens out your complexion and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and scars.

Words Of Caution:

1. Don’t go around picking up snail to put on your face, first wash the snail because of bacterial infection.

2. Also, when getting a snail mucin product, check the label and ingredients if part per million (PPM) of snail filtrate is listed, if not, don’t get, it must be the first few listed in the ingredient and the PPM must be at least 2000 – 10000.

3. For starters test a small amount first to see how your skin reacts to it. Also, no one is really sure of which of the active ingredients actually contributes to a beneficial effect on human skin.

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