Snail Mucus: the Newest Korean Beauty Trend
Posted on March 27 2018
Snails in my beauty products? You’re kidding? If you follow K-Beauty trends, then you may already know about this strange new (or new to North America) ingredient. If not, then allow us to educate you on what it’s all about.
This miracle ingredient, popular in Asia is popping up everywhere in skin care. It all started when farmers in Chile claimed their wounds healed faster on their hands from this slimy snail excretion. If you’re like us, you’re probably wondering more about this interesting new beauty trend.
What exactly is snail mucin?
Snail mucin is the excretion produced by snails. It’s that slimy coating on their skin. Their slime is a thick fluid made of proteins, elastin and glycolic acid. It helps speed up the healing process on the cuts they endure as they move around. Snail essence sounds like a gross ingredient, but as with all beauty products it’s filtered and refined down to its most effect components.
Why is snail mucin so popular in Asian beauty products?
According to experts, snail mucin also known as Snail Secretion Filtrate can do just about everything. It moisturizes the skin, fights acne breakouts, heals wounds quickly, prevents wrinkles, and so much more. There have been a couple of studies that have found it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. There have also been studies done where the scientists believe that it increases the ability for the skin to hold water, meaning it will stay hydrated longer.
Who’s it good for?
Since it’s benefits are so broad, it’s great for all skin types and concerns.
What beauty products can snail mucin it be found in?
You can find snail mucin, or snail essence, in pretty much anything these days. There are eye creams, face creams, serums, toners. You name it, it’s probably out there. They all have their benefits.
So, what’s the verdict?
We can’t speak for everyone, but we happen to love this ingredient and what it does. We recently tried the Sasatinnie Snail Rejuvenating Sheet Mask and just had to bring it in to stock. It is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that can help control aging and inflammation. Another favourite is the Dr. G Wrinkle Snail Mask, which targets lines, wrinkles, blemishes and dryness.
Try it out and tell us what you think!