You might have heard about snail mucus, but maybe not. Seems weird, right? Well, there actually are a few benefits to incorporating snail mucus into your skincare routine. Turns out, you might help freshen and hydrate the skin, which is especially important during the cold, winter months.
So, what is it, exactly? "It's extract of the secretions snails use in nature as a protective layer for their feet. This slimy barrier layer shields them from rough surfaces, bacteria, dryness and UV rays," says dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra, MD, MSc, MPH, and co-host of "The Doctors." And, it can have the same effect on us.
Where To Find It
"Snail slime starts as 91-98% water, but is filtered multiple times for use in beauty products to increase its concentration and purity. However, the consistency and quality of the snail mucus can vary from product to product," says Batra.
"Currently, beauty products containing snail secretions are most commonly face masks, but gels, serums, eye creams, and face creams are also available. Snail secretion products are available in a variety of price points ranging from $6 to $60 everywhere from chain drugstores and high-end beauty counters," she says.
What Are The Benefits?
"Research studies found that snail mucus contains antioxidants, improves cell survival upon irradiation with UV light, and promotes wound healing," says Batra.
Plus, snail mucus has excellent hydrating and moisturizing properties. Still, though, it really depends on the product you choose and how high the concentration is.
"Currently available products vary in the concentration of snail secretion, and there is limited data on the effectiveness of these products in skin regeneration. Although snail mucus is trendy right now, there isn't enough data to support that its effects are more potent than other antioxidant and anti-aging products already on the market," says Batra. So, there's no need to toss our your moisturizer for snail mucus right away.
If you would like to try these products, as with any new beauty ingredient, proceed with caution, and patch test a small area on the inner arm, especially if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin.