Snail slime anti-ageing gel is the latest celebrity must-have

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What happens when an organic beauty products manufacturer creates a concoction of Aloe Vera, Lemongrass and, ehm, snail slime? Well, stop eew-ing and read on, because the result may be beauty secret of the year.

Beautiful Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts admitted to using Dr Organic Snail Gel, praising it for keeping her skin”soft and healthy”.

According to the pop star and other celebrities, such as Katie Holmes, the £19.99 anti-aging product is the secret behind their glowing skin and flawless complexion.

Unsurprisingly, the news went viral and sales of Dr Organic Snail Gel soared by 700% as a result.

The beneficial properties of snail mucus have only recently been explored by the beauty industry. However, its antioxidant and healing qualities were probably known in ancient times.

But in the 21st century what really triggered the research in the cosmetic field was a chance discovery from Chilean snail farmers.

The workers of snail farms in Chile, which breed snails for the French food market, started to notice that their skin healed faster and without scarring when they handled snails.

The chance discovery was then investigated through trials including using the healing properties of snail mucus on burns victims. The results concluded that the snail secrection is indeed 'a natural, safe and effective alternative treatment in open wound management of partial thickness burns in adults.' Very similar effects to those of the Aloe Vera leaves gel.

Snail mucus, or slime, soon became the next thing in the beauty industry and its use exploded worldwide. Today a live-snail-facial is a premium spa treatment especially in Japan, where it costs up to £160 a session.

So far it has been discovered that the link between snail mucus and skin regeneration is in its chemical composition: snail slime is in fact rich in proteins, glycolic acids, allantoin, hyaluronic acid and elastin, all of which are intended to help with regeneration and repair of snails’ membranes and shells and seem to do a pretty good job with human skin too.

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