Can snail creams win the intense race for youthful beauty?
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