We won’t put snails on the face to struggle against the age-related changes, like the Japanese women did. It would be much easier to make an anti-age mask of mucus. For this purpose one big (achatina) snail or two small Burgundy ones will be enough. The snails should be absolutely healthy and active, they should be fed with the natural vegetable food and they should be kept in respect to all the temperature and humidity conditions. Before collecting the mucus the snail should be carefully washed in cool water.
While crawling a snail secretes its mucus, and, if it is stressed, also the mucous secretion in large amounts. It is nearly identical to the mucus by its composition. It means that, if we want to get enough of this unique and useful substance, we have to scare the snail, so that it starts secreting the slimy liquid when hiding inside its shell. We just have to collect this substance.
Nowadays numerous cosmetics are made with the mucus of the snails. Having antibacterial, antioxidant and regenerating characteristics the mucus has a powerful anti-aging and revitalizing impact on the skin. Snail mucus includes such important for our skin substances as glycolic acid, allantoin, collagen, elastin, chitosan and A, C, E, B6 and B12 vitamins. Actually, all the mucus components are designed for the quickest regeneration of the shell or sole in case it is damaged. But the mucus secretion has a similar impact on the human skin as well – it regenerates, updates, moistens the skin, it also makes it flexible and heals small wounds and cracks. In addition, the snail mucus doesn’t cause allergic reactions, so even people with sensitive skin can use it. The beauticians unanimously claim that the snail mucus included into the creams and salves not only makes the skin look younger, but it is also effective for healing scars, bracings, acnes, warts and age spots.
Half a teaspoon of the mucus will be enough to prepare a mask. The mucus is rather thick and sticky. Even being aware of its benefits, you are not eager at all to put pure mucus on your face.
Add two teaspoons of water to the mucus.
The mucus is poorly dissolved in the water, so you will have to spend some time mixing it intensively.
As a result you have smooth jelly-like transparent mass.
It is not even a liquid, but a single slimy wad, if you start to pour it, it gets from one volume to another without separating.
Add some green clay (1 teaspoon) to improve the consistence of the mask and its additional microelement enrichment.
Stir it all carefully. You need to get smooth consistence of the mask.
Spread the mask with the snail mucus over the previously cleaned face and leave it for 15 minutes, after that wash it off with warm water.
Soon after the single use of the mask skin becomes taut, fresh and velvety. It is desirable to apply the mask during a course of 10 procedures, twice or three times a week.