Escargot is the French word for SNAILS…Why am I writing about snails in a beauty and skincare blog? Reason is snail secretion aka Snail Slime has become a top skin-care phenomenon. Snail slime has been an in-demand ingredient in beauty products for years, prized for its supposed anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating properties.

Asian women have used snail slime for quite a long while now. However, for the truly adventurous, spas in Tokyo have started offering facials using real live snails leaving their slippery mucus trail all over your face! Yum!

South America has also been on board as well as Greecefor years. Snail slime is slowly oozing its way into tons of beauty creams and serums lining our American cosmetic shelves in stores and at home. Using snail slime as skincare is nothing new (even if it is news to us!) It’s a treatment used as far back as ancient Greece: Hippocrates reportedly prescribed a mixture of sour milk and crushed snails for skin inflammations. These days, it’s marketed as an acne treatment, spot and scar remover, and burn healer (Tip #1 if you want to prevent razors from damaging your own skin, you can try using snail slime too! Snail slime can be used to treat razor bumps after shaving.)

This extraordinary mucus secreted by snails is full of collagen, glycolic acid, vitamins A, C and E and elastin. It has been noticed that the glycolic acid a snail secretes protects its own skin from cuts leaving a trail of mucus when they walk so that they can move across dry surfaces without losing moisture, and as a side benefit they can slide across sharp edges. They are also protected against bacteria, and powerful UV rays, making mother nature’s gooeyness a prime source for proteins that eliminate dead cells and regenerate skin. It was recently rediscovered a few years ago when Chilean snail farmers who handled the snails (to ship them toFrance where they would become escargot) noticed that their hands looked younger and smoother, and that small cuts and scrapes healed faster.

We here at Resnik Skin Institute have jumped on board with Tensage to provide unique technology for a new approach to skin rejuvenation. Tensage gives you firmer skin with renewed elasticity, smoothes fine lines and faster recovery following dermal procedures. By the way snails are NOT harmed in the process of extracting their slime.

Come in and speak to me Lina Perez about starting your Tensage Regimen today.

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Until next month,

Lina, your Beauty and Skincare Guru

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