We have all seen our fair share of snails here and there, whether it be in our gardens eating our precious plant’s foliage or slithering down the sidewalk after a heavy rainfall.
Perhaps you want nothing to do with these slimy, even slightly unsettling creatures, but according to some recent studies and even some ancient healing practices, it seems like having these gooey little things making contact with our skin can have more benefits than some fifty dollar skin creams and totally be worth the slight “gross” factor in which seems to be associated with all creatures moist and sticky.
The use of snail slime for cosmetic purposes dates all the way back to Ancient Greece, were a certain physician by the name of Hippocrates reported crushing up these snails and rubbing the questionable mixture all skin inflammation to treat it. Also, since the French discovered the deliciousness of escargot and snail farmers popped up in Chili, it was noticed that the hands of the Chilean snail farmers were remarkable soft and cuts healed faster than normal, almost certainly a result of all that snail slime exposure.
When snails are scared or agitated, they create a very thick membrane to coat its body and to protect the creature from threats. It turns out that we also produce a similar kind of lubricant in the form of oils secreted through our skins, but its purpose is the same; to protect our delicate flesh from outside.
Researchers are still working to figure out exactly how this slime results in reduced inflammation, redness, stimulated collagen growth and moisturizer skin, but the most probable reason is that since the slim protects the snail’s skin, it will also protect ours and allow it to heal under the slimes protective layer. It also contains all sorts of great chemical compounds known to be beneficial, such as antioxidants, assorted rich proteins and hyaluronic acid, which is thought to stimulate skin cell reproduction.
Although we still have a long way to go in terms of studying the effects of this new cosmetic ingredient and possible drawbacks of regular usage, there is no doubt that its anti-aging and anti-wrinkle claims have attracted a fair bit of attention. It is already becoming a popular ingredient in skin care products, and we are looking to see “snail gel” on shelves in all department stores soon.