Snails excrete a thick fluid when they’re agitated as a means of protecting themselves. This secretion is very similar to the way our skin releases oils to protect and moisturise itself. This snail slime, known in the industry as snail secretion filtrate, is packed full of nutrients including hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans, all of which are commonly found in cosmetic products and known to posse properties that are beneficial to the skin.
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Snail secretion filtrate has been investigated in a number of laboratory studies, the first being in 2004 where a study showed that intensive treatment of the skin with snail secretion filtrate for a period of over 90 days significantly reduced the number of and appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by 45.5% and 26.7% respectively.
In 2009 43 burn patients took part in study on the effectiveness of snail extract at treating burns. One group made up of 27 patients used snail cream twice a day whilst a control group used moist exposure burn ointment (MEBO). The patients who in the group using snail cream showed far more improvement in the appearance of their burns than the control group, concluding that snail extract was both effective and safe at treating burns.
More recently, in 2012, research on skin samples that were being artificially kept alive found that snail secretion filtrate allowed them to multiply more easily and increased collagen production.
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