When we think of snail mucin, the first thing that comes to mind is a sticky-gooey liquid substance. You know, the stuff that snails leave behind when they move ahead. It’s the same stuff that’s been a staple for K-beauty for several years and has now made its way to the big beauty stores!
The trend of using snail beauty was first started in the West Region. It was used in the form of oil and serum. Today’s skincare companies are hot on the trail. More and more companies have started adding snail mucin as a staple ingredient in the product. Yes, snail mucin is the actual mucus secreted by the snail to protect themselves from scrapes and cuts as they slither. Apparently, the gross factor hasn’t kept beauty companies at bay.
Korean skincare brands like Cosrx, Missha, and Mizon sell wildly popular snail mucin in the form of face masks and creams that tout miraculous benefits, from reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation and gives you a supple, dewy glow that has become the bar for skincare influencers.
A skincare product that includes snail mucin is packed with amazing nutrients like hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans. These nutrients help to fight the anti-aging process, reduces acne, hyperpigmentation and it hydrates the skin.
Everyone knows how a hyaluronic acid serum can usually be pricey and the heftier HA molecules are often too large to penetrate the skin. Whereas, the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the slime has a small HA molecular which makes it absorbable making the skin soft and supple. It can also lock in moisture safely, speed up the wound healing process, even out skin tone, and is suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone skin.
The current obsession with the snail mucin doesn’t look like a passing trend. It’s certainly here to stay. It is filled with wonderful ingredients that reverse skin damage and improves skin elasticity. Snail mucin has made its way into present-day skincare products. The once appetizing delicacy and annoying garden pest is now an important facial companion for many beauty influencers. You can now kiss your aging, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation goodbye and say hello to snail mucin!