Snail gel has been used in beauty products dates back to ancient Greece The use of snail slime for beauty dates back to ancient Greece, where Hippocrates reportedly prescribed crushed snails and sour milk to cure inflammation. Modern use of snail creams in modern times started when Chilean farmers who handled snails for the French market noticed their skin was visibly smoother.
Although there has always been some sceptism about snail filtrate – as it is known in the cosmetic industry – it is packed with 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.
Cosmetic snail slime is normally harvested from lab-grown common garden snails or Cornu Aspersum (previously Helix Aspersa), which is considered an agricultural pest.
Snail slime contains 91-98% water, but is filtered multiple times to increase its concentration and ensure its purity. The concentration, quality and consistency of the snail filtrate varies from product to product.
While it is probably best recognised for its anti-ageing, snail filtrate also helps to stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, protect skin from free radicals, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues and restore hydration. It can be used to treat dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, acne and rosacea, age spots, burns, scars, razor bumps and even flat warts.
Celltone’s Snail Gel has always delivered outstanding results especially when it comes to scarring, stretch marks and pigmentation. For more information go to www.celltone.co.za.
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