INGREDIENT SERIES: Snail Secretion Filtrate

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A quick and concise guide on why we love snail mucin and you should, too.

As a brand that sings praises to versatile ingredients that make life easier and skin healthier, we love snail mucin dearly. From providing a boost of hydration and filling wrinkles, to fading dark spots and healing sunburns, it seems like there is nothing snail mucin can’t do. It’s also a compliant team player. You can safely pair with any other ingredients in your routine and be assured it won’t give you any unexpected surprises.

Sounds rather magical, isn’t it?

But there is a simple explanation for why so many people swear by snail products as their anti-aging holy grail. It has to do with the chemical composition of the mucus. Read alone for the scoop!  

Snail mucin is in and of itself is an animal-derived growth factor. Growth factors are natural proteins that signal skin cells that some housekeeping – such as repairing broken skin – is due. This wound-healing property is what initially made the “icky” ingredient famous, but if we look at a more detailed chemical breakdown, it will show that snail mucin can do so much more than just tissue repair.

So, what’s in snail mucin?

  • Allantoin –  a soothing moisturizer that can also treat, prevent and reduce scarring.
  • Glycolic Acid – a type of AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) that works as a chemical exfoliant and has well-documented anti-aging benefits. Skincare community praises glycolic acid for its ability to improve skin texture, smooth stubborn wrinkles making the skin thicker and bouncier overall.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – does it need any introduction? Hyaluronic acid is uber-famous for its water-binding properties. It’s an excellent humectant that draws moisture from the environment into the skin and with that prevents trans-epidermal water loss.
  • Glycosaminoglycans – sugar-based molecules that maintain healthy collagen and elastin levels. They also help the skin to retain moisture better to keep that supple, hydrated look and feel longer.
  • Copper peptides – aptly named as a “natural botox,” this family of peptides are known for their ability to make the skin more firm and plump. They also promote faster skin healing while improving the overall texture of the skin.
  • Last but not least, Natural Anti-bacterials – as the name suggests, these substances are meant to destroy bacteria and prevent them from growing and multiplying.

That’s an impressive list you’d typically find in tried-and-tested anti-aging products. This makes snail mucin a natural age-defying ingredient that can treat the skin suffering from extreme dehydration and dryness, loss of firmness, elasticity, and wrinkles. It can also help to fade away dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. Some even suggest that snail mucin goes further than just a cosmetic spot treatment and is capable of repairing sun-damaged skin on the cellular level.

The main question is – is it as effective as more conventional anti-aging treatments like retinol creams and products with a high concentration of glycolic acid? The answer is, as always, it depends. While retinoids and glycolic acid have a long trail of clinical studies to support its efficacy, they are also infamous for being very harsh and irritating. To the point of making it a persona non grata in the skincare regimen of those with sensitive skin types. Snail products then become a milder, safer alternative without unpleasant side-effects. Some dermatologists even recommend it over potent actives because it minimizes the risk of allergic reactions, doesn’t cause dryness and is easy to incorporate into anyone’s skincare routine. Snail products are also an excellent entry-level option for those who are just starting their anti-aging game and simply don’t want anything too sensitizing.

But it is precisely the gentle and non-irritating nature of snail mucin that makes it more of a long-term ingredient rather than an overnight fix. Yes, you will notice the instant glow and feel the boost of hydration, but to really reap those long-term sustainable anti-aging benefits you should give it some time. Apply it diligently, mix with other nourishing products and one day you will look in the mirror and be surprised how much younger, firmer and bouncier your skin looks.

New beginnings: Introducing the MOTHER MADE

ABOUT-US

Hello, friends and welcome! Thank you for stopping by. We are the MOTHER MADE – a brand that puts healthy skin and balanced life at the heart of everything we do.

Our brand is run by women of different walks of life who know first-hand that a busy demanding lifestyle of a modern woman takes a toll on her skin. As each of us was juggling full-time jobs and side-projects, we came to value versatile, time-saving products. Products that work hard taking care of our skin, so we don’t have to. Products that free us from constantly wondering “Is my skincare working?” because we see the results. We believe that such products are essential necessities for any woman. And that’s why we developed minimal, carefully curated skincare range, so you can stop worrying, live in the moment and focus on pursuing YOUR dreams.

So, how do we achieve that?

It all starts with ingredients. Mother nature is powerful, but so is science, and it is the synergy between the two that yields the best results. Raw botanical extracts are volatile and unpredictable, so scientific intrusion is essential to make them not only stable but more functional over time.

We also take the time when developing a new product. Unlike mainstream brands, we don’t use standardized recipes. Instead, we pride ourselves in developing our products from scratch. Every product idea is born out of the desire to solve a particular skincare problem, and we spend months brainstorming, researching, making product samples and testing them (on real people!) before finalizing the formula.

Clean_RoomAfter we are 100% satisfied with the final sample, we move onto the production. All our partnering labs have ISO Certification, meaning that each and every ingredient that is used in our formula MUST go through a rigorous certification process. Such a strict quality control system ensures that all the ingredients, as well as the finished products, are of the highest quality and safe to use. It also guarantees ethical and transparent production practices.

 

And that’s our usual workflow.

It doesn’t always go smoothly, and sometimes our ideas don’t work out. Over the years, we’ve learned to be ruthlessly honest and not to go forward with a product if there is even a tiny bit of doubt left. That’s why our current range might seem limited at first. But in our eyes, it’s a true testament to how serious we are about bringing YOU, the customer, the best we can deliver.

We hope that on the pages of our website and this blog, the MOTHER MADE Edit, you will find inspirational, educational and empowering content that will help you achieve a healthy work-life balance and make a step closer to reaching your career and skin care goals.

 

To the new beginnings!

With love,

MOTHER MADE.