While many people may shudder at the idea of slathering snail extract on their faces, Asians have found a more beautiful side to snails.Furthermore, they started a new beauty trend by using snail serumin creams and masks. Snail extract, also known as snail filtrate, has a long history dating back to Ancient Greece where it was used to treat burns and inflammation. While there are a lot of skeptics, more and more people are being convinced by the amazing results of hydrated, youthful and clear skin. According to Beautiful skin, “Its antioxidant properties – notably vitamin E – combat age-inducing free radicals, caused by alcohol, pollution, stress… Combined with its vitamins A and C, it helps to keep skin beautifully hydrated.”
How is the snail extract harvested?
Snail filtrate has gained popularity in the cosmetics scene but not many people know a lot about it, or how the “extract” is harvested. “Ai for Beauty” explains,
“Snails are immersed in a special steam bath, where the water contains ozone that kills bacteria. The warmth of the water is warm enough to be harmless to the snails and warm enough that the snails naturally release their slime. The snail slime is then filtrated multiple times to ensure purity.”
Even though the extract itself is actually transparent, it is packed with an array of nutrients such as “hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin. These elements help to protect the snail’s skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays,” says Maureen at Yesstyle.com.
How did snail extract gain popularity in the beauty scene?
The use of snail extract is gaining popularity as people are coming up with more and more creative uses. As mentioned above, there are creams, serums and sheet masks which you can purchase and use at home. Recently, a “snail facial” clinic launched in Tokyo, reports to the Telegraph “The treatment involves a therapist placing snails directly onto the faces of reclining clients and allowing the molluscs to move at random, leaving trails of mucus slime in their wake.
The secreted snail mucus is key to the facial, as it reportedly contains a beauty-boosting cocktail of proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, which help skin retain moisture, reduce inflammation and remove dead skin.”
Thanks to the booming beauty industry in Korea (A.K.A K-Beauty), snail filtrate is being integrated into new products which become instantly popular.
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If you want to keep up with the latest “snail trend”, we at Beauty Bakery recommend the Haute Cuisine line – premium products containing 60% extract of snail!
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The full-contour cream with salted filtrate, extracts of camellia, chamomile, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid hydrates the delicate skin around the eyes deeply, wrinkles, revives the skin and reduces dark circles under the eyes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Contains niacinamide and adenosine, a premium emulsion of deep cleansing snails and balanced and dry skin, giving it a pure and radiant look and visibly reducing wrinkles.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]PGRpdiBzdHlsZT0iY2xlYXI6IGJvdGg7Ij48L2Rpdj4=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]
The nourishing cream contains 60% extract of snail, ginseng, honey and gold as well as the patented formula of Bio-complex 10 natural extracts that soothe and purify the skin while taking care of its perfect hydration.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]PGRpdiBzdHlsZT0iY2xlYXI6IGJvdGg7Ij48L2Rpdj4=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]
Convenient and easy to use face mask with double effect, which contains extract of snail, Bio-complex 10 formula, niacinamide and adenosine, which refresh the skin, soften it and reduce wrinkles.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]