Snail Serum Benefits: Can SCA Really Turn Back Time?
Having long been an integral part of French cuisine (escargot blue, anyone?), snails have carved a new destiny for themselves. They are now happily conducting facials on budding beauty test subjects in South Korea and Japan... yes, that's right!
Bizarre, yes, but in the name of beautification and anti-ageing, anything goes. We've already been subjected to pigeon poo and bee sting facials. So, why are snails now being applied (literally) in dermatological medicine?
It has long been supposed that snail slime (aka snail mucous) has regenerative properties. In Ancient times, snail slime was used to remedy a variety of medical ailments; from stomach ulcers to common colds. Nowadays, its derivatives can be found in several over-the-counter products. But does it really have a positive impact on the health and quality of human skin?
Although the prospect of slimy facials makes great headlines, snail mucous itself is actually biologically inactive and does little when applied to the skin's surface. Many dermatologists have poured scorn on snail facials, claiming that the mucous snails secrete - despite containing beneficial ingredients such as glycolic acid and elastin - does not contain small enough compounds to penetrate the skin's outer layer.
So, is there anything that makes snail mucous effective in skin care? Refined processing techniques are essential, so it's therefore important to select quality, medical grade, lab tested products. For this reason, Endocare products are a better alternative to consider over the other snail slime beauty options out there. This is a range of specially formulated cosmeceuticals incorporating an ingredient termed as 'SCA', which stands for Secretion of Cryptomphalus Aspersa, a natural growth factor derived from the snail. A scientific study conducted in Spain found that:
"SCA possesses antioxidant capabilities and induces fibroblast proliferation. A complementary mechanism is provided by the fact that the secretion promotes ECM (Extra Cellular Matrix) assembly, which is essential for wound healing and tissue plasticity. Finally, the secretion inhibits MMP production (enzymes that degrade the skin matrix), which limits the extent of the damage during wounding and scar formation."
SCA is a clinically refined component of snail slime, containing 8 essential amino acids and a variety of natural anti-oxidants. Most importantly, it incorporates Glycosaminoglycans - aka 'GAGS' - which are vital for wound healing and regenerative functions. Backed by rigorous clinical research, Endocare Tensage Serum is the most potent offering, as it contains other ingredients which help plump and refresh your complexion.
Snail so good!
So, without pouring salt over the idea of snail serum benefits (poor snails!), Endocare products can help you stay ahead of the ageing game and dramatically improve skin ailments such as adult acne, dull complexions and fine lines. More recently, Biopelle have also issued a range of snail slime products, which are equally as good (although far pricier) than this tried-and-tested Endocare product range.
When performing micro-needling treatments, I often apply an Endocare 1.5ml ampoule afterwards. The micro-needling procedure actually prepares the skin for the penetration of topicals, which assists in the absorption of active ingredients such as Hygroplex and Pentavitin (both of which replicate the skin’s natural moisturising capabilities). I use medical grade needle lengths, but you can certainly try micro-needling yourself at home with a mini (0.25mm) Dermaroller together with Endocare's Tensage Serum. This is a great once weekly home treatment that really does help keep the lines at bay!