Bava di lumaca: i suoi benefici in cosmetica

What is Snail Slime

Snails, slugs and slime. No, don’t go. You didn’t end up on a gardening blog. Today we want to talk about the union between snail slime and the world of medicine and cosmetics. In fact, this product is becoming increasingly sought after due to the incredible effectiveness of its active ingredients.

Many women and men often feel advised to use this natural product especially for skin care, but what exactly is it? Better not go around it. snail slime is exactly what it looks like. It is the slime produced by snails that leave a transparent trail in our gardens, especially after a rainy day. 

Snails produce this slime, or mucus, to keep themselves hydrated, move around more easily and adhere better to surfaces, that’s how they manage to climb the walls!

Are you still not completely convinced of the benefits of snail slime? So let’s find out a little bit of history about using snail slime.

The Origins of the Use of Snail Slime

Modern and transient fashion? Absolutely not. Snail slime, especially that extracted from snails, has been used since Ancient Greece more than 2000 years ago. The father of medicine Hippocrates already spoke about it in his writings, highlighting the decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties and used it to treat skin irritations. 

In the Middle Ages, however, snail slime was used to treat stomach ulcers, gastritis or to stop bleeding. But that’s not all, snail slime was also used as a emollient syrup to dissolve the cold and calm the cough. 

Later in the mid-1980s in Chile, the Bascunan family, who raised snails for the French gastronomic market, discovered how the operators of the farms always had smooth and soft hands and the small wounds they procured healed quickly without leaving scars. 

Thus began the use of snail slime in cosmetics becoming a fundamental component for many creams, ointments, tonics and serums. 

But what makes snail slime so effective? What are the principles and substances that make it the perfect choice for the creation of moisturising and regenerating creams and tonics?

The composition of Snail Slime

Chemical analysis has shown that snail slime has a rather complex composition. A group of active substances mainly consisting of:

Allantoin: a moisturising substance that stimulates tissue regeneration by favouring the replacement of dead cells.

Elastin: a protein that, as the name suggests, gives elasticity to the tissues by returning them to their original shape when subjected to stress.

Collagen: one of the fundamental constituents of the skin, a moisturising and softening substance. It is thanks to collagen that the skin becomes toned and soft.

Glycolic Acid: allows you to exfoliate the superficial layers of the skin. A peeling effect that stimulates the production of collagen and cell turnover, eliminating soft cells giving brightness to the skin.

Proteins: allow the vascularization and oxygenation of the skin ensuring the supply of nutrients and hydration of the skin.

Vitamins A, C, E: Vitamin A has an antioxidant activity. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, but it also has a stimulating function in the production of collagen avoiding its destruction, keeping the tissues healthy. Vitamin E instead it is important because it has a retarding function in the ageing process of the skin, keeping it young and soft over time.

A set of substances and active ingredients that are so reminiscent of those found on most of the most common products for skin beauty and hair care. This is one of the reasons that make snail slime extremely useful and tempting for all people who are particularly attentive to the care of their skin. All the more reason to overcome the initial distrust due to the nature of the product. 

We have understood what snail slime is and what it is made of, but how do you collect it?

How is Snail Slime collected?

There are some snail farms that use electrical machinery that extracts snail slime in very large quantities. They say that these systems do not cause damage to the shell or to the snails themselves, but we are not sure. Other less ethical farms use a saline solution to stimulate snails and, in this case, we know for a fact that this process causes the animal pain.

We at Bio@ Green Beauty have chosen a different path. It may seem a more difficult and slow process but we know for sure that our method respects the snail and does not cause any pain.

After collecting them from the fields, the snails are cleaned one by one and gently stimulated by hand on their soft part so that they begin to produce the slime. At the end of the process the snails are returned to their habitat ready to resume their usual life made of long and slow journeys on chicory, rapeseed or chard leaves that also act as healthy, natural and organic snacks.

Bio@ Green Beauty is committed to being a true organic company that respects all the parameters imposed by the European Community to offer its customers an organic, ethical product at km 0.

Products based on Snail Slime

Among the main products that can be produced by processing snail slime are certainly creams. We do not use silicones, parabenes or mineral oils by choice in production and thanks to this they are “naturally” effective without any need for artificial components. 

Among the creams we can find the classic moisturising and brighteningcreamsrebalancing anti imperfections creams for combination oily or acne-affected skin or a nourishing restructuring anti-ageing cream. 

An even more powerful version of the classic creams are the serums. These serums when accompanied by a continuous and regular use of the cream will bring rapid improvements in skin health. 

For a complete list of our products visit where you can order our creams and serums based on snail slime now and find out which product is most suitable for your skin type.