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Snail slime may sound gross but it can actually solve all your skin problems. Here’s how

Published on:17 July 2020, 17:56pm IST
Snail mucus or slime is an upcoming ingredient in skincare. But is it really worth it? Surprisingly the answer is, hell yes!
Grace Bains
Snail slime might be the only ingredient you need to sort all your skin troubles. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Ladies, let’s be honest, we’ve experimented a whole lot with our skin. From the weirdest home remedies to the most expensive creams, we’ve used everything to ensure that our skin stays young. Anything for that soft, glowing, and smooth appearance, right?

Well, the new skincare ingredient on the block might require you to really stretch the definition of ‘everything’. If you’re a skincare enthusiast, you’ve probably already come across face masks containing snail slime and wondered ‘why on Earth would anybody actually pay to put this on their face?’

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Snail mucus might sound gross (and you cannot deny that its slimy texture is something even the most experienced skincare enthusiasts will take time getting over), but the truth is that it might be the one skin ingredient to fix multiple problems. It consists of hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, peptides, as well as antimicrobial properties. When used on the skin, it can ensure that you attain the skin health you’ve always dreamt of!

Here are four reasons to get over the grossness of snail slime and include it in your skincare routine:

1. It keeps your skin hydrated
We cannot stress enough on the importance of hydrating the skin. It not only lends a glow to the skin but also ensures your skin stays healthy from within. Hyaluronic acid which is present in snail slime is an extremely powerful humectant that works wonders on keeping your skin hydrated.

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Make your skin glow. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. It helps with acne
Acne can be tough to deal with, especially because it’s recurring. Snail slime has natural antimicrobial properties and applying it regularly can ensure that you keep breakouts at bay.

In fact, a research published in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research noted that snail mucus has anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically. Hence, it won’t just prevent but also soothe the skin in case you already have acne.

3. It delays the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles
When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, it takes a lot of preventive care to keep their appearance at the bare minimum. Hyaluronic acid, which snail slime is rich in, has been found to boost the formation of collagen according to a study published on PubMed Central. A healthy collagen production makes sure your skin stays firm and smooth while keeping wrinkles at bay. Hence, snail slime can constitute an essential part of your skincare routine to keep the production of collagen up.

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For ageless skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. It can help with fading scars
Snail slime contains glycolic acid which is a natural exfoliant along with fibrinolysis enzyme which is believed to aid tissue repair. Their effects, when combined, can help fade scars such as acne marks as well as stretch marks. According to a study published in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment, snail slime is effective in repairing damaged tissue.

So, ladies, get over the grossness factor and see it work wonders on your skin!

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Grace Bains Grace Bains

Grace is someone who likes writing enough to make a living out of it. When she isn’t writing, you will find her having chai and reading a book.