Have you ever spotted a snail sliding slowly along a leaf and had the intense desire to smear its slime all over your face?
Well, if that is the case and you stumbled upon this article by googling ways to justify this anti-social behavior, you’ve found the right place!
As it turns out, snail slime is extremely beneficial to your skin’s overall look and feel. It’s a fantastic way to supplement your skin health if that’s really the way you want to go about it.
However, if you don’t have the time or energy for a good old fashioned snail hunt, you can always go straight to the source of what makes snail secretions so effective:
Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA or hyaluronan, is a naturally occurring substance found both in snail goo and within the human body. It can typically be found in the skin, joints, and eyes absorbing and retaining moisture to ensure everything is running as smoothly as possible.
The majority of hyaluronic acid is found in the skin, maintaining moisture levels so its primary functions continue uninterrupted.
To perform this function effectively, HA needs to retain A LOT of moisture. We’re talking 1,000ml of moisture for every gram of hyaluronic acid. And, since the average human has about 15 grams of HA in their body, that’s 15,000ml of water retained (almost 4 gallons).
So, if hyaluronic acid is already in the skin, why do we need to add more?
One of the skin’s primary functions is to maintain the lipid barrier which retains water and blocks potentially damaging outside sources from infiltrating the skin. As we get older, this barrier becomes less and less effective.
This happens, in part, due to the decrease in the production of our naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid.
Applying HA topically, like with a serum, can balance out our naturally decreasing supply and give your skin more of what it needs to function at peak effectiveness like it once did.
Since hyaluronic acid is hygroscopic, which means it gathers moisture from its surroundings, it can give your skin a smooth, plump finish and drastically reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
HA also has a unique ability to regulate inflammation in wounds and abrasions by maintaining moisture around the affected area. This constant supply of moisture allows the body’s natural healing functions to work more efficiently.
It’s even antibacterial so it can actively fight off infection while the body naturally heals the wound.
Anti UVB Protection
As we’ve mentioned in the majority of the articles on this blog, regularly protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun is the most important step to fight the effects of aging.
To supplement your daily UV protection, HA can help protect the skin from UVB rays and prevent sun spots. It also acts as an antioxidant, reducing the effects of oxidation that can spread and cause damage and discoloration.
It also works well with other ingredients and treatments to boost its natural effects. From more gentle ingredients like retinols and vitamins to more intensive treatments like peels, HA is the perfect addition to your skincare routine.
Hydra Infusion with PSC
Take advantage of the cumulative benefits of hyaluronic acid and Silver Ear Mushroom Extract for supple smooth skin. It also provides healing Gold and Silver Minerals, Plant Stem Cells, B5 Vitamins and Nourishing Botanicals. [More Info]
Intense C15 Booster with PSC
This HA and Vitamin C serum can dramatically brighten your skin with precise pigment reduction. It stimulates collagen while minimizing pore appearance and dark spots. Complete with the incredible power of Mastiha, 15% Vitamin C and Orange Plant Stem Cells. [More Info]
Pure Hyaluronic Acid
Skip right to the source and indulge in superior, long-lasting hydration for enhanced treatment results. This concentrated low molecular weight treatment provides all of the benefits listed in this article and acts as a perfect supplement to the other treatments on your back bar. [More Info]