Snail Slime Benefits For Human Skin Care

Snail leaving snail slime on a pebble

What is Snail Slime?

We're all familiar with the slimy and shiny trail left behind by snails and slugs, which most of us try to avoid. But would you put snail slime on your face or body as part of your skin care routine? Obviously, not directly for risk of bacterial infection :)

Snail slime is one of the best-kept beauty secrets out there, but it's a secret with many names. Just to avoid confusion, 

snail slime can also be referred to, on various product packages, as:

  • Snail Secretion Filtrate or Snail Filtrate
  • Snail Mucus
  • Snail Mucin
  • Snail Extract
  • Snail Serum

What Makes Snail Slime So Special?

For starters, the slime you see is over 90 per cent water. The remaining composition is made up of some potent beauty-boosting natural compounds, like hyaluronic acid, which is excellent for moisturising dry skin.

You may not have ever thought much about snails, but unlike most animals and insects, they don't have legs or feet. This means that they need something to protect their bodies from the surfaces that they inch along - this something is their mucus.

This excretion is packed full of naturally occurring:

  • UV protection
  • Collagen and elastin 
  • Hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid 
  • The anti-inflammatory allantois
  • Natural antimicrobials

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Snail Mucin Product

Here are just a few of the renowned snail slime benefits for human skin:

  • Intensive moisturising properties like Glycolic Acid for dry skin.

  • Naturally exfoliating dead skin and unclogging pores

  • Effective wound healing

  • Reduces skin inflammation

  • Anti-ageing properties; reducing the sign of wrinkles

  • Stimulate collagen production

  • It generally promotes optimal skin health

Snail Slime Beauty Products For Sensitive Skin Care

To benefit from the beauty and anti-ageing benefits above, you can skip going to the garden or woods to forage and instead explore your options in snail mucus beauty products.

The most common options are face mask sheets, face serums and creams, and for full-body benefits, Snail Slime Soap. Don't worry; slime is one of many ingredients in these products!

With intensive moisturising properties and anti-ageing abilities, why not give it a try?

Use daily to minimise sun damage, stimulate collagen and elastin, hydrate, reduce wrinkles, fade age spots and scars, and soothe as an acne treatment, stretch marks, rosacea, burns, scrapes, and other minor skin blemishes.

Very inquisitive snail

Beauty Lovers Have Used Snail Secretion Filtrate For Years

The use of snail slime for beauty and anti-ageing dates back hundreds of years. It has long been used in Asian beauty products, particularly in Korean face masks and creams.

Decades ago in France, it was noted that farmers who handled snails for escargot for eating had smooth and gorgeous skin. It is even said that in ancient Greece, Hippocrates prescribed a formula of crushed snails and sour milk to cure inflammation. 

Don't Worry, You Don't Have To Harvest Your Own Snails

Has the information above intrigued you, but you are not yet on board? You may be happy to learn that most beauty products that incorporate snail slime use indoor farm-raised snails. This controlled environment ensures there are no unknown environmental toxins in the snail mucin.

A beautiful snail

Still Not Convinced By Snail Mucin?

If you are still not convinced enough, you might be surprised to learn that you may have already used it. While many snail slime beauty brands advertise this key ingredient in their name, for many, slime is one of many components, like Glycolic Acid, like . In other words, if you haven't been reading your labels, it might be there, and you didn't even know. 

At Natural French Soap, we believe nature has a lot to offer for chemical-free beauty solutions. For this reason, we have added our shea butter-infused Savon au Mucus d'Escargot to our product line!

“I would like my pictures to look as if a human being had passed between them, like a snail, leaving a trail of the human presence and memory trace of past events, as the snail leaves its slime.”

Francis Bacon

Et Vous?

Have you ever tried rubbing snails on your face? I'm joking, of course, but have you tried snail slime products? If yes, what were the results? If not, are you willing to try it, or does it all sound a little squeamish?

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1 comment

  • Jill Iggulden

    In 2012 I saw an advert showing the results of snail slime as an ingredient in Celltone. I bought Celltone. The ointment/cream removed a large mole on my cheek. It also got rid of scar tissue on my arm. Then, the product was removed from the shelves in both South Africa and in the UK where I had been able to buy a similar product from Holland and Barret, which had been imported from Germany. When the product was reintroduced in both countreis, the ‘magic’ ingredient had been removed.
    I am hoping that there is a brand which includes that original ingredient and that this comment will illicit a positive respsponse. Thank you.

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