Snail mucin: Passing fad or here to stay?

The science of snail creams

Snail slime is scientifically known as "Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates" and is a mixture of proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides and trace elements including copper, zinc, and iron. At first glance, most of the components don't mean much but certain studies have concluded a few interesting results. In studies of snail mucin on cell cultures, there are a variety of effect including the stimulation of new collagen and elatin fibers. Some have also indicated that snail slime increases the skin's ability to take up and hold moisture and even have healing properties.

As far as legitimate science goes, snail mucin definitely proves to be a beneficial ingredient for skincare.

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Some people think it’s a hoax, but snail slime is said to help new collagen form, fix signs of aging, and take care of free radicals that happen when your skin gets older.

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ACTRESS Katie Holmes is using snail slime to improve her complexion, it has been claimed.

The 34-year-old film star, who split from her husband, Tom Cruise, last July, is said to use face creams containing mucin - a snail extract.

Friends say the American star has been impressed by its effects. The friend told Look magazine: 'Last year was hard for Katie. She knows she has got a lot of catching up to do in terms of her career and is trying anything she can to stay looking her best.

'A friend recommended she used snail gel and she is really happy with how smooth her skin looks.'

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While snail creams are primarily marketed as acne solution, the shelled slug's mucus is also believed to reduce pigmentation, scarring and wrinkles.

"Snail mucin extract is a complex blend of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin. It has been recognized for many years-as far back as Ancient Greece-as an ingredient that reduces inflammation," dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D. told us. "The extract is renowned for its regenerative properties, and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring."

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It’s a treatment that that has been used as far back as ancient Greece: Hippocrates reportedly prescribed a mixture of sour milk and crushed snails for skin inflammations. These days, it’s marketed as an acne treatment, spot and scar remover, and burn healer.

“It’s a 100 percent pure and natural product that allows them to replace the typical chemical skin creams,” said spokesman Christian Plaut of Andes Nature, which sells a popular snail cream in South America. “Consumers must usually buy several creams separately to get the same benefits.”

Snail slime as an anti-aging acne cream? Sure, but does it work?

Are you looking for the secret to smoother and more youthful looking skin? The answer may be right under your nose, or rather, under your feet in snail slime. There is a slow beauty revolution growing as the gooey emollient seems to be popping up in beauty balms and face creams across North America.

The “miracle” ingredient has been used for decades by ancient Greeks and in countries such as Côte d’Ivoire and Korea.


The logic is this: since a snail’s mucus is naturally designed to heal and protect its skin as it moves over rocks, twigs and other rough edges, it may also have the same benefits for human skin when combined in a moisturizer.

Creams containing the slimy stuff boast of healing properties to protect skin from infection, advance cell growth, reduce inflammation and even fight wrinkles and acne.

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