BY | LIAH ROXAS MAGUNDAYAO
Sure You’ve heard of or seen Snail Mucus / Snail Mucin in the labels of your skin care products. But what is it and what does it really do?
Snail Mucus or Slime from the secretions of a snail is a kind of mucus that is widely used and is popular among Skin care and beauty enthusiasts.
Snails, are Gastropod Mollusks that produces Mucus just like slugs and other kinds of Gastropods from their Marine and Freshwater habitats.
The benefits of the Snail Mucus has long been discovered in the 1960’s by Dr. Rafael Abad Iglesias, a spanish oncologist. He used it in his experiment and concluded that, it restores and heals human skin.
Also, in the 1980s, A family in Chile, who runs a business of selling Escargots to french wholesalers discovered that through their many days of working and handling snails, their skin became softer and their scars and cuts visibly lightened. 15 years later, the Family establised Elicina, The first ever snail mucus based skincare.
Prolonged use of Snail Mucin in products promotes Collagen production, aids in Skin cell regeneration, boosts moisture, making it a good choice if you want to hydrate and plump your skin.