Every now and then, a beauty product comes along that’s so intriguingly unusual, it’s destined to gain a cult following. This appears to be the case with a Chilean creation called Elicina, which is apparently so in-demand that there’s even a Pocket Elicina for use on-the-go.
The all-important subtitle of Elicina is Crema de Caracol. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, that means Snail Cream. In fact, on the packaging, the word Elicina is followed by an exclamation mark, with a little snail as the point. And yes, it contains snail extract, at a whopping 80 percent.
You’re probably thinking two things: “Yuck!” and “Those poor little snails!” As for the latter concern, the folks behind Elicina swear that no snails are harmed in the making of this cream. (The process is kept secret, but we get the impression that the formulators gather the extract from the excretion the snails leave behind. They must be very patient!) As for the ick factor, it’s practically nil, especially when you see what Elicina can do.
This non-moisturizing concoction has unique exfoliating properties that are said to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars, discoloration (like age spots), stretch marks, acne, and even warts. The softening effect is due to the presence of glycolic acid, collagen, elastin, protein and allantoin that naturally occur in the snail extract.
Sure, Elicina sounds like an extreme way to address your skin concerns, but if the testimonials are any indication, we should all be worshiping snails for their beautifying benefits.
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