The skin care industry is constantly searching for new ingredients for its products. Some common, some strange and intriguing. Snail mucin (also known as "snail slime") has been used for skin care for years in Korea, although it originated in Chile during the 1980s. The idea came from the fact that snail farmers in that country claimed that the skin on their hands remained very soft and any wounds or scratches healed much more easily. As a result, snail mucin was first used in the skin care industry by the Elicina company in 1995.

What is snail mucin?

Snail mucin is the common term for snail extract, although it is often colloquially known as "snail slime". Snail mucin contains nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans as well as copper peptides and antimicrobials, all of which have well-documented skin benefits.

Benefits of snail mucin.

By increasing the production of collagen and elastin, snail mucin is believed to have anti-aging properties, as these two components aid in tissue repair and skin hydration. With these incredible benefits, snail ointment and gel are increasingly popular products in the cosmetic industry worldwide.

Dr Organic Snail Gel - 50ml

Dr Organic Snail Slime Gel is an innovation in skin care. Harvested from field snails under certified organic conditions, this gel helps to smooth wrinkles and alleviate certain skin conditions. With the unique properties of the "Helix Aspersa" snail and a blend of bioactive plant ingredients.

Available from Holland & Barrett.