Apparently discovered by snail farmers (who knew snail farms even existed?) in Chile who realised that their hands, plunged up to the elbows in snail secretion all day, were noticeably softer and smoother than before, and small cuts healed quickly and without infection.
The slime from the 10,000 resident snails – destined to be served up on French dinner plates – was collected and added to a cream to make
Elicina Crema de Caracol Snail Cream which Eliminates & Softens Wrinkles, Acne, Rosacea, Scars, Burns, Age Spots & Stretch Marks. This moisturiser is made up of 80 per cent snail secretion.
Slime from a snail like this one, left, is collected and made into a cream – 80 per cent pure – that is said to aid rejuvenation of the skin and prevent against ageing
As well as collagen and elastin, glycerin and vitamins C, A and E, the snail goo contains allantoin, the substance that helps snails them regenerate their shells, which is a powerful anti-oxidant is said to protect the skin from the free-radicals that speed up the ageing process.
Fans say it has rid them of not only fine lines but acne scarring, stretch marks and razor bumps too. Its Spanish name, crema de caracol, sounds much more exotic than the rather Halloweeny ‘snail cream’, but it’s what’s inside that counts.
Don’t be surprised to see Snail Facials show up on Spa Menus.