n South African Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Review - Proven natural actives for mass market skin care - anti-ageing

Volume 45 Number 5
  • ISSN : 0257-2028



Snail Filtrate is an ingredient extracted from a defensive liquid secreted by a mollusc (snail). It’s been used as a solution for skin care products to protect, restore, renew and hydrate. The popularity of beauty products containing snail extract kicked off a few years ago, driven by trends in the Asia Pacific region. Yet certain factors have prevented the growth of the Snail Filtrate trend such as a demand for more ethical behaviours and vegan and religious concerns. Snail Filtrate repels western European consumers and many consumers do not want to use products derived from animals. The snail mucus extraction doesn’t correspond with ethical behaviours because it involves submitting the gastropods to extremely stressful conditions for a period of time.

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