Unfortunately for snails, their slime is now believed to cure everything from wrinkles to reducing scars to helping with acne. Once the bane of the garden, these creatures are now being harvested in huge quantities to supply the global demand for their mucus.
Gastropod slime cosmetics are increasing in popularity around the globe especially in China, Chile, South Korean. Apparently they are also becoming quite popular in the USA. The snail slime contains a number of skin nourishing properties including elastin, various proteins, and glycolic acids that are believed to aid in skin repair and boost collagen. Naturally, the process is not without duress to the creatures – the snails are stressed mechanically to encourage them to excrete the coveted mucus.