Snail Mucin

Snail mucin, also known as snail secretion filtrate or snail extract, has become a popular ingredient in the skincare industry, particularly in Korean skincare products.

Here’s everything you need to know before you buy from your new favourite ingredient and K-Beauty brands that offer amazing Korean snail mucin skincare products.

What is snail mucin?

The Asian beauty market deserves recognition for being ahead of the curve in incorporating snail mucin into skincare products. Korean formulators, in particular, had already been using this ingredient in their products for years before it even gained attention in Western countries.

How does snail mucin help skin? Does snail mucin actually work?

Among benefits of snail mucin you will find:

  • Hydrates and moisturizes the skin
  • Contains hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and other humectants that help the skin retain moisture
  • Contains allantoin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe irritated skin
  • Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which can improve skin elasticity and firmness
  • Helps with skin cell turnover, leading to a brighter, more even complexion
  • Has antibacterial properties that can help reduce the bacteria that cause acne
  • Can improve the appearance of acne scars by promoting cell regeneration.

Are snails hurt for snail mucin?

Snail mucin is derived from the secretions of snails, specifically the Helix aspersa species. These snails produce a mucus that helps them protect and repair their skin as they move along the ground. In skincare, the mucin is harvested from snails that are raised in a controlled environment without harm, and the mucin is extracted without harming the snail.

How do you incorporate snail mucin in your skin-care routine?

Here are some tips on how to incorporate snail mucin into your skincare routine:

1) Patch test: Before applying snail mucin to your entire face, it's important to patch test to make sure you're not allergic or sensitive to the ingredient.

2) Choose the right product: Look for products with a high concentration of snail mucin, usually listed as snail secretion filtrate or snail extract. Some popular products include serums, essences, and moisturizers.

3) Apply after cleansing: Snail mucin products should be applied after cleansing and toning, but before heavier creams or oils.

4) Use consistently: For best results, use snail mucin products consistently in your routine. This will allow time for the ingredient to work its magic on your skin.

5) Pair with other beneficial ingredients: Snail mucin can be paired with other beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, or niacinamide to maximize the benefits.

Can snail mucin cause acne?

It's also worth mentioning that snail mucin doesn't clog pores and shouldn't cause breakouts.

What are the best K-beauty brands

A few K-Beauty brands have harnessed the powers of snail mucin in their products. Check the offer from:

  • Mizon
  • Benton
  • iUnik
  • Beauty of Joseon

What is the most popular snail mucin product?

Like a multivitamin for your skin, COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence has a highly effective formula infused with 96.3% Snail Secretion Filtrate. It works to rejuvenate and repair skin damaged by dryness and aging, providing nourishment, repair, and moisture plumping.

The best Korean snail mucin moisturisers

Snail moisturiser is a fantastic skincare product to strengthen the skin, hydrate it  and keep it plump all day long.

There are some amazing Korean snail mucin face creams. Some of our favourites are:

Are there are any Korea snail mucin skincare products for a pumper session?

Want more Korean snail mucin skincare products' inspirations? For an intensive snail mucin treatment and amazing results, devote 15 minutes to a Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack or COSRX Advanced Snail Hydrogel Eye Patch


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