Snail slime is full of natural nutrients and proteins that include hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans. These ingredients are commonly found in snail gels and creams.
Allantoin is a naturally occurring compound that is found in numerous organism, including animals, bacteria and plants. It is a soothing, anti-irritant skin protectant that helps to increase water content of the extracellular matrix, a collection of extracellular molecules that are secreted by cells to provide structural and biochemical support to the surrounding cells and connective tissue within the body. Allantoin also improves the appearance and feel of skin, increasing smoothness, and promoting cell replication, a process that is essential to the healing of burns, scars and wounds.
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Collagen and elastin
Collagen and elastin are two proteins that are a core component of connective tissue throughout the body. Collagen gives connective tissue its flexibility and strength, and elastin helps tissue to return to its original shape after it has been stretched. Collagen is far more widespread throughout the body than elastin, but both are essential to the function and generation of skin tissue.
Collagen is so prevalent throughout the body that it accounts for as much as one third of its total protein, or around 6% of the body’s total weight. There are over 20 different types of collagen in the body, and these are responsible for all sorts of fibers, from ligaments and tendons, to cartilage, bone tissue, and of course, the skin.
Elastin’s main property is its elastic quality. It returns to its original shape after being stretched or compressed, giving tissues that contain it their elasticity.
It’s known that collagen and elastin play a crucial role in the aging process. As we age, collagen becomes more rigid and cross-linked, leading to a number of problems associated with old age. Both proteins are also linked to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and eventually leathery skin, as our natural production of collagen and elastin reduces with age.
Glycolic acid is a natural ingredient that is derived from sugar cane, although now it is often synthetically made. It is an alpha hydroxy acid and works as an exfoliator, helping to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It is the most common alpha hyrdroxy acid and is known to be the safest, making it perfect for use in skin care products as it doesn’t irritate the skin as other alpha hydroxy acids can do. Gycolic acid also helps to lighten skin discoloration cause from exposure to sun light, effectively reducing sun and age spots. It is also known to be useful in treating those who have skin that is prone to acne and blackheads.
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Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound found within the skin. It is essential for a number of important functions, including cushioning, holding moisture, tissue repair, holding collagen and elastin together, and protecting against micro-organisms.
Hyaluronic acid is a key component in moisturising products as it holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, making it useful in not only delivering water to the skin, but also in keeping it there. Hyaluronic doesn’t permeate the deeper layers of the skin, instead, it remains near the skin’s surface, where it moisturises the skin.
Wrinkles form in part due to the loss of hyaluronic acid from the skin, so restoring this loss through the application of products that contain hyaluronic acid is beneficial in reversing the signs of ageing. It is available in creams, lotions and fillers, all of which have been shown to be useful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, resulting in skin that looks younger and has a better tone, making it smooth and supple.
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Alternatively, visit our snail cream benefits page to learn more about how these ingredients can improve your skin.