Hello again my dears! Today I’m happy to report on new developments in the slime-that’s-good-for-your-face area. In another post on totalbeauty-truth.com, I took you for a swim in the deep end to dip our toes, and faces, into the snail slime pond where we discovered that South Korean products were on to something with snail slime for your skin. Now it’s time for another, but still sticky, discovery. This time we take a gander at the benefits of mussel slime. Mussels! As in affordable, delicious, and good for you seafood. Your pal Anne is here to show you just what the muss is about! But first, let me put on the Peppers while I type this out to you. Peppers! As in rock stars from California, still kicking butt, still making videos topless, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Blood Loss In A Bathroom Stall…
How about those muscles? How, dear readers, does Anthony Kiedis keep so fit? While there has yet to be a concerted, scientific effort to investigate just how this rock star does it, I think Anthony Kiedis’s muscles are a little bit of a tangent from what I was talking about just a couple sentences ago. I was starting to talk about how mussels have slime that is good for your face, not how muscles have slime that is good for your face. I’m having a hard time focusing with the Peppers playing on my iTunes.
So, despite not experimenting on the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scientists have, in fact, been experimenting with living creatures for the greater good of the humanity long enough to have made it to mussels. While amusing themselves with mussels, a few of these dedicated folks discovered that the sticky substance these marine creatures produce acts as a kind of glue for them. This glue has excellent healing properties and has been shown to close skin lesions and injuries without leaving any scars. How did they find this out? In the least elegant way to describe it as possible: they cut some rats, smothered them in mussel excretion, and voila! Sounds like the kind of job that might require a shot of tequila to get going on. Well done scientists! It looks like scars from cosmetic surgeries like face lifts or boob jobs may be an endangered tell-tale sign. But there is more to this, of course, as I found out.
Scar Tissue That I Wish You Saw
Scars are ugly things and I know – you see, I have a bunch myself. You may know just what I’m talking about. Most people have a few facial scars, however slight, and even more have more than we can count on the knees. We have these scars because when the normally neat-looking basket weave pattern of collagen that is part of skin structure is disturbed – i.e. the surface of the skin is broken – the collagen rebuilds itself in a different pattern, sometimes growing back in parallel bundles that have a discolored, lumpy look, and bulging feel.
We’ve known for some time now that by applying something called decorin to wounds we can prevent the formation of some of the worst types of scaring. Decorin is a structural protein that is used in collagen formation as part of our skin. It has a complex structure that is not easy to recreate. Because of this, the stuff is very rarely used in practice. However, to get around this problem, scientists from South Korea came up with a solution. Again with the global capital of cosmetic surgery, South Korea! The research team in South Korea combined a small part of decorin protein with collagen-binding molecules using the secret ingredient we’re here to talk about: mussel secretion. This magic potion was applied to rat’s wounds and then observed through to the end of the natural healing process. The skin that grew closing up the wounds had the same basket-weave collagen structure as healthy, undamaged skin. They even observed the return of hair follicles and oil glands among other skin structures that were replaced in the healing process. This is especially important because these things aren’t normally regenerated after a skin injury that leaves a scar.
The next step is to perform tests on humans but this does bring up a challenge. Our human skin is far thicker than a rat’s skin. The simple logic is that human skin, being thicker, requires more to heal than rat skin. Pig skin, on the other hoof, I mean hand, is much closer to our own skin structure so maybe that’s where the testing goes next. After that, we’ll probably see human trials start with victims of accidental or deliberate disfigurement before we see mussel magic reach a wider clientele. All the same, this is something to watch and hope for. Long live the slime!
P.S. Special thanks to the Chili Peppers for the Sub-headers.