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The Snail and The Plane

Written by Dayoon Yoon

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Posted on March 23 2019

Since the first person who saw the birds and wondered at their freedom, flying was a human fantasy. Since its inception, however, air travel went from being a luxury event to a humdrum affair. Long gone are the days of the romantic zeppelin; here are the days of endless checkpoints, body searches, and long hours of fighting madness in a cage of plastic and steel, suspended in the air by forces I do not understand.

The joys of air travel, which many of us are forced to partake in--whether because of work, family, or leisure--include not having access to a shower, or even a proper wash basin, exposure to an incredibly dry and smelly air, and almost always a not-quite-right temperature. These take a toll on your skin, and while the free alcohol may stave off that impending madness, it does not help your complexion either.

Snails, unlike humans, have (probably) never dreamt of flying, and except for the rare few who are unaware stowaways on some errant cabbage package, do not fly. They are slow and attached to the earth, and do not force themselves into steel fuselages decorated with plastic to jet to faraway destinations. All the better for them, because they hate being dry and do not care for the allure of hotels far away from home.

Snails, when they become dry and damaged, secrete a special slime that protects and regenerates their body. They are too slow to escape a sudden flurry of dust and too set in their ways to fly south from a sudden flurry of snow. Nature has thus endowed these creatures with a mechanism for creating their own bubble of clean, warm, moisture: a private tropical island they carry within themselves.

That is why Adelline uses snail mucin in its premier products, to slow your skin down and keep your skin on a tropical island even as you fight to board that last plane back home from the holidays. You deserve to slow down, and maybe your skin does too. Because deep down inside, we all know that our skin was not meant to subsist on second-hand moisture of 35,000 feet.

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