“Weird and intriguing snail mucin has taken the skincare world by storm. Yes, them slow-moving, slimy creatures are the new beauty favorite in our facial serums and creams”.
“The question is... what exactly is snail mucin, also referred to as snail secretion filtrate or SSF on ingredient lists? From snail slime, this skincare ingredient is made. Salt or stress can also cause snails to release secretions, which contain a variety of ingredients that can be used to treat and benefit the skin. The Guardian reported in February 2017 that snail farming in Italy has grown 325 percent over the past two decades, mainly due to cosmetic demands. Typically, snail mucin comes from species raised at snail farms, which sell snails for food, a delicacy in some cultures. A popular edible snail species are the Roman snail (Helix pomatia). Another edible species is called the giant African snail (Achatina fulica). Unlike wild snails, these snails are grown in captivity because they are more sanitary.
Researching online reveals several methods to extract mucin from snails that may or may not harm them in the process: According to Cosrx manufacturer in Korea’. It is said that snails are placed over a mesh net in a dark and quiet room. As nocturnal creatures, snails prefer this environment. For about 30 minutes, the snails are left alone to freely roam the net, leaving mucin in their trails., there is no external stress applied to the snails or the mesh net to force mucin production. This is due to two reasons. First, animal testing is illegal in Korea, and animal abuse is a huge topic that has sparked many controversies. Second, optimal mucin production occurs when snails are well rested and comfortable in their habitat, which is why Cosrx’s manufacturer tries their best to make sure that the snails are healthy and comfortable. Well... one thing we know for sure is it's not vegan.
As an anti-aging product, the slime is frequently used for its hydration qualities, which support the skin’s barrier and helps lock in moisture. It is rich in nutrients and proteins that are beneficial for the skin. The substance contains glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid, all of which have a long-established beneficial effect on the skin. Besides helping diminish fine lines and wrinkles, glycolic acid also helps give your complexion a youthful, radiant glow by stimulating collagen production. It also contains zinc, which is anti-inflammatory, and allantoin which calms irritation.
Even though snail mucin has not received a great deal of research and limited studies, there have been a few conclusions that suggest it has anti-aging properties.
A small study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that 25 women who used a serum containing 40 percent snail mucin for 12 weeks had fewer fine lines and wrinkles even 2 weeks after stopping use. The use of live snails as anti-aging 'devices' has been widespread historically, especially among ancient societies and more recently in France. Approximately 400 years ago, Hippocrates prescribed crushed snail shells as an anti-inflammatory ointment in ancient Greece.
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