Snail Extract…does it really work?!
You might be thinking…surely she’s not talking about those slimy little guys that crawl around in gardens?! Yes- those are in fact, the snails I am talking about in regards to their extract and skincare- but let me lay some groundwork first to exactly what brings snail extract even on the table! Snails are gastropod mollusks like another popular creature due to its pretty shell you might have heard of…. abalone! But snails don’t generally get all of the interest and intrigue that abalone do as many people think of them as pests that aren’t so nice to necessarily look at, leaving a trail of slime in their wake. There’s a silver lining though to that slime….snail slime is actually a type of external body secretion that aids the gastropod in crawling with its foot and it also helps coat the external parts of its body- so that it moves like a well-oiled machine. This unique lubricant also features similar qualities to that of glue, which is what allows snails to crawl vertically up surfaces without falling off :0 So how exactly does all of this fit into benefits for the skin? There has been a ton of research in regards to the usage of snail secretion filtrate (snail slime) in skincare and its benefits- which began back in the 1960’s by Spanish oncologist Dr. Rafael Abad Iglesias. Snail secretion contains hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, enzymes, copper peptides, & antimicrobials that provide hydrating & anti-oxidizing properties to the skin that leave it soft, youthful, and smooth! Wound healing, fine lines, & wrinkles are also improved with regular usage of the compound. In the Korean and Japanese cultures, people often go to salons to receive facials from live snails in which the snails are allowed to crawl across their faces while leaving a slimy trail behind! Although I am not quite sure I am on board with that trend, I wanted to give snail extract a try for myself to see what it was really all about…without throwing in some live snails into the mix. Be sure to check out my top reviewed & recommended product from Masque Bar containing snail secretion filtrate, below:
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Gold Hydro Eye Hydrogel Eye Mask
I love that you can snag an entire 30-day supply for right around $30 and they come in a re-seable container with a easy-to-use tool to get each pair out for usage! They also come nicely boxed as well, making them a great gift too! Each gel eye mask is made up a clear, gel-like substance that feels a bit slick to the touch, which is where the awesome included tool comes into play as it makes it a real cinch to slide it right in between the layers to peel one off of the stack inside its storage jar. The lid also contains an upper lid with holder for the tool so you will never lose it either :) Each gel mask is clear but features a light & pretty gold sparkle throughout the entire patch. You can leave them on for up to 30 mins., which I also prefer to do and you can see an immediate improvement in dark circles, puffiness, lines, & tiredness! Use them daily for a month straight to get the best results- you will notice a difference with these!!!! My makeup goes on like a dream underneath my eyes and I look a lot less tired; the fine lines around my eyes have also smoothed out a bit :)