Snail Mucus: Cosmetic Industry's latest fad?
Something sticky is about to hit the beauty industry and that's a good thing! According to Louis-Marie Guedon, a rural farmer in Champagnolles, France the mucus secreted by snails is jam-packed with compounds that can regenerate skin cells and heal cuts.
Guedon, 47, claims the slime has collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics and other compounds. Guedon has been raising snails for a quarter of a century and predicts there is about to a cosmetic revolution. Guedon has developed a secret technique which he uses to harvest the snail mucus and then sells it to beauty companies that mix it into their cosmetics products. According to Reuters, Guedon has secured three supply contracts and has even received an order for three tons of slime.
Although Guedon would not give details about his procedure, he did disclose some information about the industrial slime extraction process. Mainly, the system, developed by an independent engineer, involves placing snails in two large containers and extracting their mucus. After this process, sensitive filters purify the slime and then refrigerate it. Salt is used, but the snails are not killed.
Guedon has invested 130,000 euros ($170,200) into France's first industrial-scale mucus extraction operation. and has a target to harvest 15 tons of it next year. Snail Mucus has been gaining popularity in Asia and South America, but has yet to reach the cosmetics market in Europe.
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