Snail Slime Touted As Newest Skincare Innovation

Snail slime is considered among the latest innovations for skincare. But it’s really not that new, as it dates back to ancient Greek times.

According to London’s Daily Mail, “Primarily marketed as an acne solution, the shelled slug’s mucus is also believed to reduce pigmentation and scarring, as well as beat wrinkles.”

Skin slime — scientific name Helix Aspersa Müller Glycoconjugates — is apparently being used more and more in skincare products around the world and more recently here at home.

The Fashionista website provides this additional background from dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D.:

“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. 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.”

Snail slime was apparently rediscovered by Chilean farmers who noticed its healing affects on their hands when they handled snails for export to France, and, from there, it found its way into skin creams and other beauty products.

Fashionista adds the following information on skin slime:

“The slime that a snail produces is used to heal its soft, squishy foot when it gets cuts from the rocks, twigs, and other rough surfaces that it moves over–think of it as sort of a built-in pedicure. So does it make sense that the substance would have the same effect on something other than the poor snail’s beat up foot?”

There have yet to be scientific studies conducted to prove or disprove that skin slime is a miracle face-fixer however.

Would you consider buying/using a skincare product that contained snail slime as an ingredient?

[Image credit: Jürgen Schoner]