The accidental discovery, of the key natural organic ingredient that powers our line of natural skin care products, dates back to 1980 at a small farm in Chile. There, workers who routinely handled snails began noticing that the cuts and scrapes they incurred as a result of work did not get infected, healed quickly with no scarring, and their hands became very soft.
A few years latter a Spanish Doctor specialized in oncology, discovered healing properties in the mollusks’ secretion by testing it in patients after observing that when they were close to his radiotherapy equipment, emitting gamma radiation to treat cancer, the creatures copiously secreted a lotion that protected them from the oxidizing effects of the radiation.
Validated by Scientific Research
For years the Spanish co-authors of the following scientific paper had been working as “Sherlock Holmes of the Skin” to analyze, compare and detect the molecular activities that may unveil the intricate “skin-regenerative” properties of the macromolecules in the secretion that act as complex nano-machines to clean, repair, moisturize, support the natural cycle of skin rejuvenation and healing of our skin cells and the skin matrix (in a way similar to how another mollusk achieves beauty: oysters coating an irritant to create a beautiful Pearl that can not possible be made so perfect in a lab or with man made machinery).
Several of the scientist’s findings were reported in Dermatology Journals in Spain (1996-2001) and in 2007 prestigious colleagues involved in skin cancer research, in the USA, have confirmed them.
The secretion or “serum”, as we prefer to call it because of how it supports the innate immune system of the skin, is now the basis of our complete skin care line of products.
The research published on the January 2008 issue of the Journal of The International Society of Skin Pharmacology reports the secretion has superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) antioxidant activities as well as other multiple modes of antioxidant action, acting at the level of free radical production and also sequestering free radicals.
They also report that “the secretion stimulates fibroblast proliferation and the rearrangement of the dynamic structures of cells (actin cytoskeleton)”.
Additional mechanisms involved in the regenerative effect of the mollusk’s secretion include the stimulation of extracellular matrix assembly and the regulation of metalloproteinase activities, which limits the extent of the damage during wounding and scar formation.
They conclude, that these effects provide an array of molecular mechanisms underlying the secretion’s induced cellular regeneration and postulate its use even for wound healing, once the proper studies and clinical trials that would allow it to be accepted as a new drug by the FDA were completed. In the meantime you can enjoy its nourishing properties by using our skin care products.
Complex Macromolecules in BIOCUTIS® serum act as nano-machines that clean, restore vitality, and rejuvenate skin cells and tissues for a beautiful, healthy looking skin.
Many scientists have studied snails and their secretions, as they were considered simple creatures that allowed for research and modeling of biological functions though to be more complex in vertebrates.
They have discovered macromolecules that repair and regenerate skin cells and skin structures and those are now being considered worthwhile candidates for the development of drugs.
Macromolecules operate as nano-machines within the cells and are everywhere in our biological systems.
They are molecular machines in the sense that they are modular, complex, have moving parts that carry out the same step many times over, and consume energy.
They perform essential tasks in the cell, such as reading out and translating the genetic code; generating or converting metabolic energy; generating force to enable the cell to move; taking up, synthesizing or secreting enzymes, metabolites or other macromolecules; recognizing and reacting to signals from the outside world; to name but a few.
These scientific findings and those of a new frontier in science called the sweet science of glycobiology, a burgeoning branch that attempts to understand how sugars in the body -called glycans- contribute to human health and contain information as necessary to define the complexity of life as that of DNA and proteins, shed light onto what is necessary for the effective care of human skin.