Snail slime can be described as a kind of an external bodily mucus secretion containing 90% of water which is produced by the foot of the gastropod mollusks (Land snails, slugs and other kind of gastropods) and is usually used for crawling.
The foot mucus of a snail (gastropod) possess some qualities of glue and some of the qualities of a lubricant which enables land snails to crawl up vertical surfaces without falling off.
Snail slime contains certain medicinal values which is why they are being used in medicines as well as in some cosmetic products. They contain active ingredients beneficial to the skin such as: allantoin, collagen, glycolic acid, elastin, vitamin A and vitamin C, natural antibiotic peptides. It is these components that improve skin texture, help heal skin lesions and restore radiance to the complexion.
According to recent research and findings, snail slime has many other beneficial properties for the skin which include but not limited to the following:
1. It stimulates skin repair and healing while protecting the skin
2. It has anti-ageing properties and promotes suppleness, moisturization and the skin’s radiance.
3. It thus helps to efficiently prevent, relieve and eliminate various types of skin problems and diseases like: acne scars, stretch marks, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles, dark spots, blackheads, rosacea, etc. in a natural way.
In general, snail slime treatments are appreciated for their effectiveness as snail slime also known as snail filtrate is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial and copper peptides, all of which are commonly used in beauty products and proven to be beneficial for the skin.
These elements help to protect the snail’s skin from damage, infection, dryness and UV rays. They thereby improve the external aspect of the human skin, while providing deep hydration.
South Korean cosmetics manufacturers have helped boost slow, slimy garden snails to the front of a popular skin care trend as snail secretion filtrate is said to be widely used in Korean beauty products such as serums, facial masks, moisturizers and fading creams.
Most products produced with the snail slime are actually not as oozy and gooey as you may think as most of them have a neutral look, smell and texture.
With regards to the medicinal values of snail slime, different research discoveries have discovered that snail slime has been shown to have antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to stimulate collagen production and enhance wound healing.
It is also rich in hyaluronic acid, which is a humectant ingredient that pulls in hydration to the outer skin layer… Research says.
All these amazing properties of snail slime however has created a great business opportunity for both existing snail farmers, intending snail farmers and everyone at large who are interested in extracting and selling snail slimes to interested production companies and users for a sum of money.
Meanwhile if you are interested in venturing into this business, you first need to understand how to extract your snail lime in a commercial quantity enough for sale.
How to Extract and Package the Snail slime (Snail filtrate)
Snail slime comprises of proteins, the active enzymes, mucin, chondroitin sulfate, protein polysaccharides and hydroxyacetic acid; the active enzymes include cellulase, pectinase, amylase and protease.
For commercial use, snail slime is usually obtained from the common garden snail species Helix Aspera. According to research findings, most of the snail slime (snail filtrate) comes from Italy where snail farmers are actually seeing a 400% increase in demand over the last two decades making this business a great opportunity for other interested individuals and organizations to benefit from. There are over 4,000 producers in Italy raising this common European snail to-date.
Traditionally, snails were dunked in salt or vinegar water to extract the valuable secretion, but you will be relieved to hear that several Italian breeders today use cruelty-free techniques to prompt the snails to release filtrate.
Also, although there are many ways to collect snail mucin, popular techniques usually involve leaving snails in a dark room and having them crawl on a surface like mesh, specially made glass, or a tarp, and then collecting the slime afterward as the slime trail that a land gastropod leaves behind is often visible as a silvery track on surfaces such as stone or concrete.
According to research, Italy’s International Heliciculture Association recently patented a machine called the Muller One, which prompts snail slime extract via a snail spa, where the critters are immersed in a gentle steam bath to kill bacteria.
Now after generating your snail slime (snail secretion filtrate) then the next question becomes how you can package them and get them ready for sale.
You can properly package and present your snail slime (snail filtrate) for sale with a beautifully designed and attractive snail slime packaging designs.
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