Mighty Mol­lusk

Can snail creams win the in­tense race for youth­ful beauty?

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Let’s de­bunk the myth first: snail bits aren’t lurk­ing in your face creams. Rather, it’s the flu­ids they se­crete that are used in beauty for­mu­las. Dat­ing back to ancient Greece, the prac­tice of us­ing snail slime has long been a home rem­edy for skin prob­lems across dif­fer­ent pock­ets of so­ci­ety.

To­day, nu­mer­ous stud­ies prove their ef­fec­tive­ness and their role in treat­ing mi­nor wounds and skin dis­or­ders such as warts. Snail se­cre­tions con­tain pro­teins that have im­por­tant bi­o­log­i­cal func­tions, such as the bac­te­rial pro­tein-bind­ing re­cep­tor—in ev­ery­day words, pow­er­ful stuff that is both anti-mi­cro­bial and anti-in­flam­ma­tory. Some say this pro­tein eases signs of ag­ing on our faces by help­ing prevent them and even fill­ing in those wrin­kles.

Korean skin­care and its fol­low­ers have been some of snail beauty prod­ucts’ most avid ad­vo­cates. It’s im­pos­si­ble to look for a Korean brand that does not carry even one nowa­days.

Cult fa­vorites in­clude Mi­zon All-in-One Snail Re­pair Cream, an in­cred­i­bly hy­drat­ing prod­uct for­mu­lated with 92 per­cent snail ex­tract, and the Ben­ton Snail Bee High Con­tent Essence. Fans have raved over their safe and ef­fec­tive list of po­tent in­gre­di­ents. 1. Peter Thomas Roth Un­wrin­kle Fast-Act­ing Serum Prom­ises: Re­laxes and smooths wrin­kles Key in­gre­di­ents: Syn­thet­i­cally re­pro­duced snail venom, neu­ropep­tides, and di­a­mond dust Avail­able at Ulta.com

2. Tony Moly In­tense Care Snail Cream

Prom­ises: The Korean com­pany is so ded­i­cated to snail slime that it has a com­plete line of prod­ucts fea­tur­ing it. The In­tense Cream prom­ises in­creased hy­dra­tion and elas­tic­ity and helps in re­pair­ing skin dam­age.

Key in­gre­di­ents: Seventy per­cent mucin from Chung­nam snails in the Korean Green Zone, plant-de­rived extracts to in­crease elas­tic­ity, and cen­tella asi­at­ica to im­prove dam­aged skin Avail­able at Tony Moly 3. Im­muno­colo­gie Su­per 7 Elixir Prom­ises: Nat­u­ral tight­en­ing, in­creased ra­di­ance, and di­min­ished fine lines Key in­gre­di­ents: Pro­teins from hi­bis­cus es­cu­len­tus and pep­tides from mam­mea amer­i­cana also con­trib­ute to the skin’s tight­en­ing. Avail­able at Ama­zon.com

4. Dr. Jart Time Re­turn­ing Cream

Prom­ises: Re­stores dam­aged tis­sue and re­plen­ishes mois­ture, max­i­mizes elas­tic­ity, and min­i­mizes wrin­kles

Key in­gre­di­ents: Seventy-seven per­cent snail mucin, al­lan­toin, col­la­gen, elastin, gly­colic acid, and ce­ramides Avail­able at Sephora.ph

5. Ré­vive In­ten­site Line Eras­ing Serum

Prom­ises: In­stant firm­ing and tight­en­ing, im­prove­ment of den­sity, more de­fined fa­cial con­tours, in­creased elastin and col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, and ra­di­ance and wrin­kle cor­rec­tion. Ré­vive founder and plas­tic sur­geon Dr. Gre­gory Bays Brown says, “Within the der­mis, there are wisps of mus­cle fiber that will re­lax wrin­kles; that was what ex­cited me.’’

Key in­gre­di­ents: Lab-syn­the­sized fresh­wa­ter cone-snail venom, a blend of line-smooth­ing pep­tides, and the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary plant growth-fac­tor for­mula Avail­able at Bar­neys.com

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