Helix Aspersa, this is the name of the snail that commonly lives in our gardens and which in recent years has been the object of interest for the slime it produces to facilitate its movement and its adhesion even to vertical walls.

The composition of this precious substance is a pool of ingredients not yet reproducible in the laboratory and which includes precious ingredients for the skin including: allantoin, glycolic acid, elastin, collagen, vitamins, proteins and peptides. It does not have a standard composition but varies according to various factors such as: environmental conditions, the age of the animal and nutrition. The quality of the burr itself and therefore of the cosmetic product made with it depends on this combination of factors.

By analyzing the individual components it is possible to deduce the characteristics of this precious fluid. It has been shown that allantoin is a substance capable of stimulating tissue regeneration by promoting the proliferation of keratinocytes, the pillar cells of the dermis. Elastin is a protein that promotes skin elasticity. Collagen is an essential component of the skin that acts as a moisturizer and softener. By promoting the elasticity of the skin, it makes it toned and soft. Glycolic acid allows the exfoliation of the superficial layers of the epidermis and stimulates the formation of collagen making the skin more luminous. Vitamins, essential amino acids and other proteins promote peripheral vascularization and oxygenate the skin ensuring the supply of nutrients and skin hydration as well as performing activities antioxidant and healing.

The snail has historically been exploited not only for food purposes but also for therapeutic uses. Historically, snail slime has been used, exploiting its healing characteristics, to treat peptic and gastric ulcers, to heal wounds and stop bleeding and as a syrup to calm coughs and thin out phlegm.

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