First time I told my friends I used snail gel on my face I got some very strange looks. In fact, every time I tell my friends I use snail gel I get some very strange looks. Making the the leap from garden to face never appeared very strange to me.
I grew up in a small village of about one hundred people in the highlands of Scotland. Many residents, including out school head master grew up speaking Gaelic as their first langue and English as their second. Impecable English at that. Our curriculum covered all the basics, reading, writing, doing maths without using your fingers, but also covered a smattering of myth and legend, folklore and superstition. My primary three teacher, Mrs Skinner (who none of us ever saw without about thirty thin silver bangles jangling on her right arm) told us how one cure for warts was to pick a snail up from the garden and let it wander all over the effected part. The warts would be gone the next day.
So when browsing in Holland & Barrett and finding a Dr Organic product based on snail gel, it didn’t appear like a way out there idea. I feel I’ve been vindicated. I’ve always had what is euphemistically referred to as “problem skin”. I’m not that far from forty and I still get hormonal acne! I decided to change my skin care focus from covering it up, to actually, well… caring. The snail gel was one of the first products I tried and it’s been amazing. Within the first week my skin had visibly improved. My acne has dramatically decreased, and the little I get now is vastly reduced in both size and subsequent scarring.
Although this is a product directly derived from an animal, it is cruelty free. To harvest the gel all the snails need to do is slide up and down a piece of glass. Dr Ogranic only harvest from “free roaming” snails. What makes snail gel really work is the ingredients in it. Snails produce their slime to repair any damage to their shells. Not dissimilar to the way we humans produce oil to protect our skin. The snail gel also stimulates the production of elastin and collagen in human skin, so aids our repair too.
I’ve tried a few different brands of Snail Gel and I have to say Dr Organic’s is definitely the best. They just add a little aloe vera and some citrus essential oil to lift the fragrance, but other than that it is fairly pure. Dr Organic’s is exclusive to Holland & Barrett, but luckily all their stores stock it, and you can click and collect if they’ve run short, or order online.
When I first tried it I was put off the price £20 on the secretion of a snail! It felt like a lot to spend on my vanity. However I decided to consider it was spending on my skin health and self confidence. Given that a little goes a long way, and Holland & Barrett often have it in its buy one get one half price offers I feel I’m worth it.