quite why putting protein molecules (which are highly unlikely to be absorbed through your skin) on the dead outer surface of your skin would encourage the cells beneath to spring into activity, is not immediately clear.Girls -- DO NOT BELIEVE the malarkey that the boys will tell you, whether "it cures acne" or "it embiggens the breasts" or "it improves mood", for they are LYING LIARS.
operate under multiple names, suggestive of sinister intentions at best, and at worst, of disregard for the conventions of society.
As Cornu aspersum or Cantareus aspersus it keeps a low profile and comes only to the attention of gardeners and Francophone gourmets. We have already met it as Helix aspersa... under that alias, it is the source of a skin cream of Chilean manufacture. UK grifters came across an account of Elicina® as a treatment for burns, which inspired them to slap some snail-related branding on generic soap and generic gel, and to market them for generic skin-bettering purposes -- hoicking their promotional bafflegab from the paper (they mangled the scientific terms in the process, and a top NZ journalist faithfully echoed the misspellings when pimping the product).
Before and After Elicina®
Elicina® does not reduce the Turquoise Eye problem
But wait, there's more! The mystery mollusc uses a fourth alias! When it is Cryptomphalus aspersa, again it provides skin-bettering secretions, but this time with a completely different ingredient list and a different group of grifters. The exact process of extracting slime for Tensage® skin cream is proprietory, though one peddler labours under the impression that they excrete it. The producers have paid for a series of papers supporting their claims for Tensage:
[...] the secretion of the snail Cryptomphalus aspersa (SCA), was discovered by Rafael Abad Iglesias MD, a radiation oncologist treating radiation dermatitis. It was noted that several species of mollusk retract their tentacles when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light and x-rays.When the x-ray machine was not in use, Dr Iglesias would occupy his coffee breaks using it to irradiate snails. Everyone has a hobby.
When this defense mechanism was further explored, a biologically active glycosaminoglycan secretion was found to be generated by the snail during times of stress.
Snails stressed by theft of shells"Times of stress" are the key words here. "I work for the Industrial Farmacéutica Cantabria and I stress snails for a living."
The secretion is composed of a combination of contributions from the snail’s mucous, salivary, and proteic glands. SCA stimulates biochemical, structural, and functional processes and can regenerate damaged structures of the animal’s skin in less than 48 hours.Therefore it will bestow the same regenerative capacity upon human tissue! Just saying, this is how Cronenberg horror movies start.
A secretion of the mollusc Cryptomphalus aspersa promotes proliferation, migration and survival of keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts in vitro
It also endows a useful super-power: the ability to walk the razor's edge.
Cryptomphalus aspersa mollusc eggs extract promotes migration and prevents cutaneous ageing in keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts in vitro
Oh, they're taking its eggs. No wonder the snail is stressed.
------------------------------------------------------------------"So Elicina® is good for the treatment of burns?" asked Another Kiwi, trying hard to keep up.
"It reduces keloid formation and promotes the sloughing of eschars," I read from the paper.
"I won't believe it until I see that eschar go," AK skeptically vouchsafed.