After a short lived craze for live snail facials, South Koreans have instead taken to bottling up their slime.
Snails – the harmless critters with a penchant for lettuce leaves – may hold the secret to youthful skin. Although snail face serum products aren’t literally made of puréed snails, their mucous – aka secretion or slime – is being extracted, purified and added to high end skin care products.
As the compounds in snail mucous aren’t small enough to permeate the skin’s outer layer, professionally manufactured snail serum facial products have become popular over the past two years.
For some time, dermatologists have been aware of the positive effects of snail slime on human tissue regeneration. Their mucous contains collagen, elastin and copper peptides, all of which help to protect cells from DNA damage and keep skin hydrated. Snail serum facial products have also been found to have a positive impact on problematic skin conditions such as acne and hyperpigmentation.
Top snail serum facial products
1. Cheap: AFY Snail Cream, $2.33
This cute pot of AFY Snail Cream is the cheapest cream on our list, retailing at just $2.33. Given its low price, the cream is worth a try; being of a thick consistency, it would make a good night cream or intensive moisturizer in the winter months.
2. Budget: Secret Key, $24.99
Secret Key’s Snail EGF Repairing Essence is manufactured by high end Korean cosmetics company Secret Key. This 50ml snail serum facial product contains EGF (Epidermal Growth Factors), which repair pre-existing environmental damage. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, and skin brightening mushroom extract, making it a good choice for those suffering from pigmentation. Its gel like consistency is non-sticky and absorbs easily into the skin.
3. Mid range: Endocare, $59.99
Spanish cosmetics company Endocare have been issuing their popular medical grade snail skin care line for years. Their 30ml Tensage Serum contains SCA Biorepair Technology – a special patented form of Secretion of Cryptomphalus Aspersa, which is a type of snail. Endocare snail serum facial products contain the natural moisturizers niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and anti-inflammatory vitamin E. Excellent at calming inflamed skin, this amazing before and after photo explains the many positive Endocare Tensage serum reviews online.
4. Luxury: Biopelle, $90
Biopelle’s Tensage SCA 15 serum is the most expensive snail serum facial product on our list, albeit for good reasons. This oil-free 30ml serum is luxuriously packaged; the ’15’ refers to the percentage of SCA in the product, which promotes tissue regeneration. This snail serum facial product is ideal for treating fine lines, laxity, blemishes and mild to moderate sun damage, making it the best choice for those who are experiencing early signs of aging and wish to turn back the clock.