As I sit and watch witches, ghouls and the occasional Frankenstein race up and down my road, buckets brimming with treats, it seems a fitting time to finally take the plunge and embark on a little skincare testing of a particularly icky (to some) product.
I adore my ARK Skincare facial routine. In fact, I’m slightly addicted to the products, the smell, the feel, and most of all the results, my skin looks and feels great! In 14 months I haven’t once deviated from my beloved routine. However, recent articles on some of the more esoteric treatments and products available , ‘vampire’ facials, bee sting venom, gold particles to name a few have left me feeling just a little bit more than intrigued. In particular one containing Snail slime. Yep, snails slime, that little trail of silvery goop you see all over your garden!
Garden Snails, Helix Aspersia to use their official name, contain soothing, anti-ageing and healing properties discovered by snail farmers in Chile when they realised their hands healed quickly, were unusually soft and scars disappeared after handling the snails.
Helix Aspersia Muller, is a unique substance which the snail produces to quickly regenerate its own shell and skin when damaged. Said to contain a complex mixture of proteins, anti-oxidants, hyluronic acid and elastin, it appears to have many of the properties to form an action packed anti-ageing product. But don’t worry; you don’t have to race out into the garden to forage for snails! A collection of companies have implemented this ingredient into some of their ranges. Dr Organic, is just one of a variety of cosmetic brands that has analysed this natural extract and taken this ingredient to form a highly coveted facial cream – sales have gone through the roof in recent months, and the reviews are rather fascinating!
Perhaps it’s yet another weird and wonderful ingredient to help boost cosmetic sales, a lure to all of us continuing on the quest to age gracefully, or maybe, just maybe, this one really works?! Curiosity has definitely gotten the better of me this time so I shall be trialing the Dr Organic product over the next few weeks. Watch this space!