Snail Filtrate

Snail Filtrate — chemically speaking, snail slime is packed with nutrients including hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin.  Translation…a bunch of good-for-the-skin stuff.  Good research to boot: 1) A Spanish radiation oncologist, Rafael Abad Iglesias MD discovered that snail mucin can be used to treat radiation dermatitis (skin irritation caused by radiotherapy, a form of cancer treatment). He did a clinical study with 100 patients and reported a "statistically significant clinical improvement in erythema, itching and burning pain" in the group treated with snail slime.  2)  A 2007 study examined the molecular basis for the regeneration properties.  It found that snail slime has serious antioxidant properties thanks to two antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase and glutathione). Second, it induced fibroblast proliferation, important during wound healing. Third, it was found to downregulate degradative collagenase enzymes that destroy skin-firming collagen. Serious wound healing and anti-aging potential.  3) A 2013 anti-aging study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology examined the effect of snail slime on photoaged skin. The 14-week, double-blind, 25 participant study found that "there was a significant degree of improvement in fines lines," though the participants did not report a significant difference in the quality of their skin.  (Tip:  add CE Ferulic, glycolic acid and retinol/tretinoin to really change the quality of skin at the same time!)