Here I am in Paris eating snails. Never did I ever think I would be also putting their secretion on my face.
But here I am. Putting snail slime on my face.
I recently had a VI Peel at Lake Havasu CosMedics, and to help speed recovery, Christie recommended Tensage Intensive Serum 40 ampoules, which I was able to get in office. She also offers them as an add-on to a microneedling, microdermabrasion, or PRP facial.
Growth Factors and Snail Slime
The Tensage Intensive Serum 40 contains a growth factor that promotes collagen synthesis. Collagen is an essential protein that helps our skin stay healthy by keeping it toned and supple. As we age, we make less collagen, so growth factors can help us synthesize more so we are able to stave off some of the effects of aging.
Snail mucin is the substance they leave in a trail behind them as they move. This substance helps protect their exposed underside from cuts and bacteria as they move. It also protects them against UV rays and contains a combination of elastin, proteins, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid—all popular ingredients in high-quality beauty products. Snail secretion has increasingly become a popular ingredient in skin products such as creams, masks, and serums. Snail mucin isn’t going to help deep lines, but it will aid in recovery from treatment and affect skin texture and quality. It may even help to fade dark spots and plump some creases.
What products should I pair with growth factors?
Always use a sunscreen. No matter what. Also, a regimen of antioxidants helps maximize the healing properties of growth factor products. The Tensage Intensive Serum 40 comes in a box of 10 and may be recommended in conjunction with an intense treatment. For me, I started using them a week after my face had completely finished peeling from my VI Peel. I used one ampoule per night for a week, and then once per week until they were gone.
I noticed an immediate change in the tightness of my skin. My skin texture had already improved from the VI Peel, but I felt an additional tightness and rejuvenation. Here’s how you use them. The ampoules containing the serum are a glass tube inside a plastic tube inside a stiff paper tube. With a firm grip on either end of the whole ampoule, break it like you are breaking a pencil. The inner glass tube breaks open and the serum is released into the plastic tube, and the swab on the end immediately starts soaking it up.
Squeeze a little to get the serum really flowing, and then swab on your face. I started by making a superhero mask first—around and in between my eyes. Then I targeted any dark spots and creases. When I couldn’t get any more on the swab, I squeezed the rest into my hands to make sure I was getting every last drop! I slathered the remainder on my neck and décolletage. It doesn’t have a strong odor and was dry in moments. Snail slime never felt so good.