The core of our natural skin care products is a naturally occurring serum produced inside the immune cells of a terrestrial mollusk. The serum is the fundamental key of its powerful innate immune system, as it restores health to its skin tissues and body whenever damaged.
Invertebrates do not have an adaptive immune system equivalent to that of humans with white blood cells or an antibody-based humoral response (mediated by macromolecules or extracellular fluids such as secreted antibodies, complement proteins and certain antimicrobial peptides).
But they do have regulator biochemicals that are similar to mammalian cytokines and fibroblast growth factors that control cell functions such as gene expression, proliferation or death of cells, and antimicrobial peptides that fight pathogens, and molecules that respond to parasites and to other threats.
Those biochemicals are produced by their innate immune cells (hemocytes – the macrophage-like snail defense cells, also termed granulocytes and hyalinocytes) to quickly respond with wound repair, coagulation, phagocytosis and encapsulation reactions.
Snails present a Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) molecule among its tissues. This was one of the first mammalian cytokines to be discovered and has been described as a pivotal regulator of innate immune and inflammatory responses in mammals. It stimulates the proliferation of quiescent or dormant fibroblasts, the cells that are responsible for the creation of all the structures, tissues and cells of our skin.
Macrophages, which represent the first cellular barrier of defense towards pathogen invasion, are an important source of MIF protein, but MIF is also expressed in the tissues of the snail that are in contact with the snail’s natural environment.
Thus, in contrast to most cytokines, MIF is expressed and stored in intracellular pools and therefore does not require new protein synthesis before its release into the extracellular matrix formed by proteins such as collagen, elastin, fibrilin, fibronectin, laminin and proteoglycans.
This feature provides MIF with the capacity to be released immediately and to act as an effector molecule regulating innate immunity.
Snail’s immune reaction is very quick and reliant on producing a serum packed with MIF cytokine like molecules and other complex biochemicals, soluble proteins, peptides, glyco molecules linked to oligoelements, antimicrobial peptides and all the necessary molecules and elements to repair and even regenerate its tissues. A snail is even able to repair its tentacles and eyes and mouth when bitten by birds with the serum it secretes.
It is surprising to observe that the cells and tissues and even some organs of the mollusk are very similar to the cells and tissues and organs of us humans (see here pictures: the anatomy of the snail or show them to your kids for their biology or science class).
Helix Aspersa secretion (or serum) has been used by numerous doctors to heal the skin of the effects of radiation and other burn victims.
You can now achieve beautiful skin free of problems like acne, rosasea, drynnes, scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, actinic keratosis, keratosis pilaris, even ingrown hairs, and many more troublesome skin conditions by coating your skin twice a day with a product based on the skin care serum. The results arrive very much like how the immune cells of an oyster (marine mollusk) coat pieces of grit that irritate its soft tissues, little by little, with a biological solution (called nacre), and over time yields a beautiful Pearl.
Researchers from Spain and United States found that the snail secretion contains antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD) and Glutathione-S-Transferase Activity (GST) activities that are superior than quercetin and Trolox C, the benchmarks the industry uses to compare the potency of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are substances that protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals or reactive oxygen species (ROS). SODs and GST molecules act as antioxidants and protect cellular components from being oxidized by reactive oxygen species.
An early study showed that a secretion from the mollusk induces skin regeneration after wound healing impairment from acute radiodermatitis. However, the molecular basis underlying this effect were unknown.
Researchers then evaluated the regenerative properties of the secretion using multiple in vitro approaches. They found that it possesses antioxidant capabilities and induces fibroblast proliferation. Fibroblasts are the cells that reside at the basal layer of the epidermis and are responible for producing all the cells and molecules of the skin.
A complementary mechanism is provided by the fact that the secretion promotes ECM (Extra Cellular Matrix) assembly composed of collagen and elastin fibers, which is essential for wound healing and tissue elasticity.
Researchers from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York wrote: “Finally, the secretion inhibits Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP) production, which limits the extent of the damage during wounding and scar formation. MMP are naturally produced enzymes that help regulate the skin`s ability to repair itself. Together, these mechanisms contribute to the observed beneficial effects of the snail secretion and support its use in regenerative therapy.”
Furthermore, application of the secretion twice daily for three months also results in a significant improvement of clinical and histopathological photoageing signs.
“The role of oxidation in wound healing is controversial, but there is a clear correlation between enzymatic and non-enzymatic cutaneous antioxidants and its protection from ROS-mediated skin damage induced by UV radiation. Indeed, UV radiation can decrease endogenous antioxidant levels and lead to increased damage. In these cases, antioxidant compounds can modulate abnormal remodeling after trauma or prevent or reverse clinical signs associated with photoaging secondary to ROS.”
NOTE: THE STATEMENTS MADE HERE HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FDA. THIS PAGE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. OUR PRODUCTS ARE COSMETIC IN NATURE, AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO PREVENT, TREAT OR CURE ANY DISEASE.
We feel blessed by the opportunities that have opened to us to contribute to the health of the skin and well being of people because of this discovery and our participation in making available the natural immune serum of the humble brown garden snail (phylum: molluska, class gastropoda, species Helix Aspersa Müller or Cryptomphalus Aspersa). It is the most complete and balanced natural solution. And an easy way to healthy, beautiful skin, naturally.
Below is its story.
Humberto del Pozo, President, Andes Natural Skin Care, LLC.
Chile, South America.
A surprising and unexpected finding on a snail farm in Chile. The hands of the farm workers were beautiful! They were smooth and soft, pigmentation patches caused by over-exposure to the sun faded, their skin was noticeably more supple. Cuts and abrasions did not get infected, and were healing rapidly, even scars that had been there for a long time where banishing completely.
First Patent of Invention
The first patent of invention for a method to obtain snail secretions and make a cream for cosmetic purposes is issued in Chile to the Bascunan family (n° 38.615 in the Chilean Registrar, and filed at the WIPO, in Switzerland, now expired). This method utilizes outdated technology and chemical ingredients which are not as safe as the natural active ingredient is. We can say this was the ‘first generation of snail creams’.
What is in this serum that could possibly have such beneficial effects on the skin? At first it was thought Glycolic Acid and Allantoin. Later it was found that the serum is in fact much more complex and impressive than this, but initial discoveries were limited due to the technology that was available at the time.
Fernando Bascunan Jr of the family who owned the snail farm, was about to become a Doctor in Medicine and his mother suggested he do his thesis about the properties of the snail secretions. Using scientific methods and clinical trials he confirms that the snail secretions have the capability of healing human skin and that they can be embedded in a base cream that was then popular in the skin care industry.
Skin Care Products Using Snail Serum Are Made in Chile
The first generation of products is made with snail secretions collected by agitating snails in warm water and then filtering the fluid to clean it from unwanted particles and other wastes and substances from the snails.
The filtered product is then mixed with a base cream with mineral oil and chemicals.
The filtering method for collecting the secretions from the snails leaves big molecules on the filter. Problem is those bigger molecules which get left behind are actually important for the effective performance of the serum on human skin.
Second Patent Of Invention
First Online Sales
Humberto del Pozo of Andes Natural Skin Care LLC enters onto the scene and begins selling ONLINE skin care products based on the snail secretions.
Medical Patent Involving The Snail
A patent is assigned in the US to Children’s Medical Center Corp and The University of Iowa Research Foundation for the use of a complex glycol-molecule taken from the body, and is also present in the serum, of an African snail. The glycol-molecule from the snail is used as a drug to inhibit angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the growth of blood vessels from pre-existing ones. It is through angiogenesis that a dormant tumour grows into a malignant tumour. The applicants of this patent are also requesting a patent for the use of the same glycol-molecule for the treatment of cancer and inhibiting an increase in the volume or mass of a tumour cancer growth.
BIOSKINCARE – The Third Generation – Product Launch
Humberto del Pozo collaborates with a Chemist and Pharmacist, a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. After keen observation of the snails in their natural habitat and with the knowledge of an eminent scientist that analyzes the observations, an improved, safer, and far superior method of collecting the snail’s serum is born. The Third Generation – a harmless, “elegant”, method of obtaining the serum by naturally triggering the snails to copiously secrete their precious serum.
The natural world is screened for ingredients to act in synergy with the snail serum to further enhance the benefits of our products.
The Helix Aspersa Müller
The Helix Aspersa Müller Brown Garden Snail repairs its shell and body when damaged. It is capable of regenerating damaged tissues and skin, and even its own tentacles where its eyes are, when bitten by birds.
BIOSKINCARE Branches Out To Treat Keloid Scars
Customers sent in stories about incredible results from using BIOSKINCARE on their keloid scars, so we produce our second product BIOSKINREPAIR targeted at treating scarring and scars as severe as Keloids.
BIOSKINRELIEF New Product Launch
BIOSKINRELIEF is created at the same time as BIOSKINREPAIR – it contains one more ingredient than BIOSKINCARE, while BIOSKINREPAIR contains one more than BIOSKINRELIEF.
BIOCUTIS® Becomes The Trademark Name
Our skin care product range now falls under the official trademark name BIOCUTIS® . The name incorporates the basis of our products all of which are based on the naturally occuring organic serum, and is made for the ‘cutis’ which means the true skin including the dermis and the epidermis.
New Product Joins The Biocutis® Family – BIOBODYCREAM
We created BIOBODYCREAM to effectively treat stretch marks. Based on the serum with its properties that enhance the normal cycle of skin regeneration and immune support, the hypothesis is it works by moderating the inflammation of the immune cells that reside among the skin tissues and sense and react to abnormal overstretching causing the stretch marks. At the same time the product strengthens the skin.
The serum is packed with natural peptides, glycoproteins, coenzymes, oligo elements, antioxidants, moisturizers, messenger molecules that transmit signals across the cell membrane and coordinate cell metabolism.
It also has enzymes (which dissolves scar tissues and releases their amino acids which are necessary for the rebuilding of healthy skin). Also oxygen transport molecules which nourish your skin cells and stimulate collagen and elastin regeneration from within while also preventing the breakdown of these essential structural proteins.
That is the rationale of using BIOBODYCREAM to treat stretch marks.
New Product Joins The Biocutis® Family – BIOSKINEXFOL
BIOSKINEXFOL contains the same ingredients as BIOSKINCARE, but has added microcrystals providing a home microdermabrasion cream to take away the outermost layer of damaged skin cells to allow for a deeper penetration of the cream and to spped the natural regenerative reaction of the skin cells responsible for regenerating our skin periodically: the fibroblasts and stem cells in the basal layer of the epidermis.
BIOSKINCLEAR becomes available for oily skin and acne or rosacea
Bioskinclear was formulated for oily skin, mild acne or Rosacea. The serum (which is an effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, trigger of skin repair and skin renewal, and enzyme dissolver of blocked pores) is combined with Licorice Root Extract (an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, antioxidant and sebum production inhibitor botanical) to create a product capable of eliminating redness, hyperpigmentation and acne scars without drying the skin.
BIOSKINBALM is created, extending the treatment range for severely dry skin conditions and for rosacea with dry skin
BIOSKINBALM is a nourishing, healing, intensely soothing, hydrating, biological skin treatment balm.
It effectively relieves eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis scales, very dry skin, skin rashes and rosacea. It is also suited for the routine care of sensitive skin prone to allergies. This product uses the serum combined with Vitamin A from RoseHip Oil and essential fatty acids. All these natural components act in synergy to enhance the balm’s effectiveness.
New Product Joins The Biocutis® Family – BIOSKINFORTE
BIOSKINFORTE, an ‘Ahaaaaaa!’ moment about the cause of acne leads to the creation of a product capable of healing this skin condition by targeting the root causes of acne. It does this by 1) preventing sebum hardening and 2) unblocking clogged pores with enzymes, 3) quickly healing injured cells inside the pores and lining the walls of the sebum ducts where the sebum glands reside, as such injuries are the root cause of the inflammatory reaction that leads to skin eruptions known as acne breakouts. And it also 4) calms inflammation before your own brute inflammatory reaction makes the problem worse and leaves behing unsightly acne scars.
The serum in BIOSKINFORTE is packed with peptides, antioxidants, enzymes and complex macromolecules that work as biological microscopic-machines to clear bacterial infection, clean debris and dissolve dead cells, moisturize, repair, and trigger the regeneration of damaged skin cells and soft tissues.
BIOSKINREJUVENATION joins our product range, for wrinkles, age spots and ageing skin
BIOSKINREJUVENATION is a biological solution for the removal of age spots, sun and dark spots, melasma dark patches, and acne post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It contains the same ingredients as BIOSKINCARE as well as a natural Rumex extract (botanical), that reduces melanin hyperpigmentation and a biomimetic peptide that inhibits the accumulation of melanin pigments.
BIOSKINTREATMENT which successfully treats Keratosis Pilaris is formulated
BIOSKINTREATMENT treats Keratosis Pilaris by combining enzymes (in the serum) and natural salicylic acid extracted from the Willow Bark Tree. These natural ingredients work together to heal keratosis and regenerate healthy skin. It dissolves the keratin plugs around the follicles that block pores and allows for normal shedding off of dead skin cells.
New Product Joins The Biocutis® Family – BIOSKINREVITALIZER
BIOSKINREVITALIZER, which is an intense treatment serum, is produced when we discover that the snail serum acts in synergy with Vitamin C when at high concentrations, to activate fibroblast growth factors that speed up skin regeneration.
By adding Vitamin C, the proliferation of fibroblasts is even higher than just using the serum without Vitamin C or using Vitamin C without the serum. Fibroblasts are the cells responsible for producing all skin matrix components. This very effectively revitalizes neglected skin.
Research Paper Provides Scientific Proof
The molecular basis of the snail serum was studied closely, with positive and fascinating results documented in a research paper published in January 2008. This peer reviewed scientific research paper was published in English, confirming previous reports published in Spanish Dermatology Journals which state that the snail serum has regenerative properties.
Skin Regeneration Properties of Mollusk Secretion – 2008. As published by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York.
Click here for the 2012 scientific research published by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York: A secretion of the mollusc Cryptomphalus aspersa (SCA) promotes proliferation, migration and survival of keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts in vitro”.