The Beauty of Snail Slime
Anyone who came to my Beauty Ingredients Buzz at the Natural & Organic Products Europe show in 2014 will have heard me speak about the use of snail slime in beauty products. Helix Aspersa Muller Glycoconjugates, to give snail slime its correct name, has a rather remarkable power when it comes to the maintenance and upkeep of snail shells. Snails destroy damaged parts of their shells & regenerate them in a few days, with the use of snail slime, in effect like getting brand new skin. That’s pretty magical!
But if you investigate a little further into snail slime, you will see that the substances contained in the slime read almost like an ingredients list of a beauty products –
- Allantoin – a natural anti-irritant that soothes the skin and helps with the healing of the skin
- Protein Peptides – the building blocks of proteins, peptides are smaller molecules which may be able to penetrate the epidermis
- Natural Antimicrobials – to help keep skin clean and clear
- Collagen – the most important protein in our tissues
- Elastin – the other most important protein in our tissues
- Glycolic Acid – an AHA that acts as a gentle exfoliator removing dead skin cells
- Hyaluronic Acid – an amazing skin hydrator that can hold 1000 times its weight in water
- Minerals including Copper and Zinc – two important anti-ageing minerals. Zinc plays important roles in cellular metabolism functions, protein synthesis, cell division and cellular repair, whilst Copper repairs and maintains connective tissue in the skin
Snail slime is not a new ingredient in beauty or skincare. The Ancient Greeks were in the know, with Hippocrates documenting its anti-inflammatory properties. Snail farmers in Chile noticed how much quicker their hands healed when they were handling snails and from this discovery Elicina, a snail cream that’s now been on the market for some 18 years now. The indigenous Chilean tribes have also used snail slime in their beauty regimens for hundreds of years.
In the natural and organic arena, however, snail slime has made an entrance. I am going to share with you in a moment a few products from a couple of brands I discovered in Biofach/Vivaness earlier in the year. I also noticed Dr Organic have created their own snail gel, a new product launch for them.
The two brands I discovered at Biofach/Vivaness were Helixium and Loom. Helixium has four skincare products – Makeup Remover, Serum, Multi-Effects Cream and my personal favourite the Eye Contour product – which comes in a handy rollerball applicator. This is the only product I’ve really used as yet, but I look forward to trying them in due course. I love the instant cooling effect of the rollerball around my eyes – perfect for this hot summer weather we’re thankfully experiencing! Find out more about Helixium here.
Loom Hand Cream was a handbag staple for a while before we got to summer. It’s great for dry and chapped hands and leaves a silky texture on the skin that isn’t greasy at all. It’s supposed to help with hyper-pigmentation, redness and scarring too. Find out more about Loom Hand Cream here.