Snail extract: The newest trend in natural skin care

By Ameann DeJohn

- Last updated on GMT

Snail extract has been discovered to be increasingly good for skin after a group of snail farmers reported that they had smoother skin after handling snails with their hands.

It was previously only known to help burn wounds in certain instances and was primarily used as an unfounded alternative to commercial topical care.


According to Irismar Henrie, Managing Director at Iris Naturals International, “We use its ​[snail] meat plus characteristic liquid, without bowel, gill and shell thru a spray-dry process to getthe powder form, which can be irradiated or non-irradiated.”


Iris Naturals harvests farm-grown snails to create its ingredient, which is incorporated in topical skin care and cosmetics products.


Companies in the United States and Europe have recently announced efforts to bring snail extract from China and South America in liquid form for cosmetic manufacturing and production.


However, due to a short-lived shelf life and long journeys to get products half way across the world, those efforts fell short – A problem evaded by South Korea’s geographical close proximity to China.


Correspondingly, Iris Naturals International recently began investment in developers that could produce snail extract in powdered form from a well-established Chinese lab.


Snail extract provides natural activators for aging and damaged skin


Its unique properties contain seven key benefactors to promote healthy, beautiful skin; allantoin, collagen, elastin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and protein. The variety of attributes makes this a truly multi-functional ingredient.


In addition to anti-ageing, snail extract is thought to be an effective treatment for acne and acne scars.


This is attributed to its unique enzymes that rearrange acne tissue both healing wounds at their source and improving appearance.


What distinguishes snail extract from traditional acne medications is that it moisturises the skin, unlike traditional acids, which tend to leave skin feeling dry and flakey despite their effectiveness.


Iris Naturals has been selling snail ingredients for four years many snail derived products are now sold in Europe, South Africa and Brazil, as well as in the United States.

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