Snail Goo for Smoother Skin

Try It or Skip It?

The Claim: Products containing snail secretions (yes, their gloopy trails) can make your skin look more plump and less wrinkled.

There's proof behind this wacko-sounding ingredient that's been showing up in anti-aging products lately. Chilean farmers who handled brown garden snails noticed that the skin on their hands became smoother and softer, and healed faster. Those secretions contain heavy-hitting anti-agers, including growth factors, and hydrators like hyaluronic acid, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. That means they could help you plump fine lines and wrinkles. Beauty products with the stuff range in cost from $10 to $50.

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The Verdict: TRY IT

This story originally appeared in the March 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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