The reason is simple: This mollusk secretion is actually full of skin-enhancing properties, such as hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobials, elastin, and proteins. Snail mucus is said to actually help with fading dark spots, clearing acne, and plumping and smoothing the skin. However, there is no scientific research that proves the ingredient's efficacy.
Nature gave snails this powerful cocktail to protect their delicate exteriors from environmental damage. The power of snails was first discovered in ancient Greece when it was used as a topical way to bring down inflammation. This theory was further supported when South American farmers, who were raising escargot for the French market, realized that their hands appeared smoother and younger-looking.
Snail mucus has been a popular ingredient in many Korean skin care products for years. Many Asian countries are also known for applying actual snails onto people's faces during facial treatments for a youthful visage. Over the last year, snail mucus-infused skin care products have appeared stateside and are now readily available, even at a local Target.
The way chemists collect this substance is by harvesting it in laboratory-bred snails and processing it into a powder substance, which is then used in commercial skin care products.
If professionals are looking for something new and interesting to talk about with their clients, opt for products containing this off the wall ingredient.