METHOD OF EXTRACTION
The extract of Helix aspersa Müller is obtained by stimulating properly its foot, the muscular part that allows it to move; the extraction is done by hand without the use of any saline or electric discharge. The stimulated snails do not suffer any harm, because once the extraction has been performed, the snail is returned to its breeding where it resumes its normal biological cycle of life.
The secretion is collected and filtered in the laboratory in order to obtain a final product of excellence that reflects the highest quality standards.
Having been Microfiltered our “extract”, before it can be used, is subjected to various tests in order to verify and ensure the quality:
1) Microbiological analysis of the sample that has been just extracted to assess:
– Total bacterial count
– Possible residual presence of molds and yeasts
2) Level of ph
3) Analysis of heavy metals
4) Test of density
USE IN COSMETICS
The snail is rich in mucopolysaccharides that, besides giving it the characteristic viscosity, possess a strong protective action, film-forming and moisturizing for human skin.
The mucopolysaccharides are related to the hyaluronic acid, with which it shares a part of the molecular structure, that formed by amino sugars and uronic acids; the following are also present in significant amounts GLYCOLIC ACID, elastin, collagen which act synergistically as a moisturizer, ALLENTON with restoring and protective action, PROTEIN , VITAMINS.
Suitable, therefore, for the following products: anti-aging, soothing, after-sun, after-shave and with a forming effect against expression lines.
Regenerates the epidermal layers. Allenton acts as moisturizer and is anti-reddening; thanks to its different active ingredients it may be used in aftershave products and in the formulas intended to relieve imperfections of the skin such as acne, pimples, wrinkles, burns, scars and bruises.
Collagen is the main fibrous element of skin; this is a simple protein consisting solely of amino acids, which, together with elastin, guarantees support and elasticity by acting as a basis for the restructuring of the mattress of the skin.
With the passing of time, its natural production lessens considerably, beginning the aging process of organs and tissues.
3) Glycolic acid
A known depigment, glycolic acid is widely used in the production of lightening creams since it is an excellent remedy against skin blemishes (of the face in particular).
Glycolic acid stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis, promotes the epidermal renewal, removes the dead cells from the surface of the skin and therefore the skin appears more luminous, uniform, smooth and hydrated.
A protein, which is a characteristic of the skin, to which it guarantees elasticity and the possibility of resuming its shape when subjected to stretching or contracting. It represents 2% of the weight of the dermis.
After 30 years of age, the concentration in the dermis of functional elastin diminishes and the skin loses much of its elasticity.
Turnover of elastin is extremely low, with a half-life that is close to the age of the organism. Our body synthesizes elastin throughout all the development until the age of about 20 years. During the aging process, the skin gradually loses its elasticity because the “damaged” elastin either is not replaced or is replaced by non-functional fibres.
All these microstructural changes of the dermis become visible on the skin surface with the appearance of wrinkles and the diminishing of the tone and elasticity of the past. Hence the need to adopt nutritional and cosmetic techniques to preserve the elastin degradation and promote the synthesis.