So, I Tried a Popular Snail Mucin Cream and Wow, Slimy

My review of super slime AKA the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream.

I tried snail mucin for the very first time, on my sensitive, hormonal, acne-prone, combination and just all-round difficult skin. Here’s what I found.

I’ve been dying to try snail mucin

For no other reason than it’s such a treasured ingredient in K-Beauty that literally everyone seems to adore. I honestly think if my skin could talk, it would tell me to stop experimenting new skincare on it all the time BUT it can’t muahahah and so here we are.

I immediately zeroed on COSRX, given the brand is fairly well-known for its snail mucin products. Its Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence has been raved about by a number of dewy-skinned personalities, including supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. Given I’d run out of moisturizer, I chose the COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream. This amazing moisturiser is enriched with 92% snail mucin and supposedly works well on sensitive and acne-prone skin.

 

But first, what exactly is snail mucin?

Basically, it’s a slimy secretion made by snails that carries skin-regenerating and hydrating properties. And here’s something I found out in my research – all though it was popularized by the Koreans, the use of snail mucin as a skincare ingredient actually originated in Chile, with the Chilean snail cream Elicina. Thankfully, no snails are harmed in extracting mucin: the snails are left to roam in a dark room over nets, which then catch their secretion for processing.

 

COSRX Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream ingredients

Well, the 92% snail mucin takes up a lot of room in the formula. However, there’s also betaine (an amino acid), hyaluronic acid (an emollient), arginine (another amino acid), panthenol (aka vitamin B5, a soothing ingredient), allantoin (another skin soother) and adenosine (helps improve elasticity). All in all, there are just 18 ingredients – and excellent ones at that. This is a very typical hallmark of COSRX, given the brand is known for its simple but high-quality formulas. This product has a pH of 5.5 - 6.5, making it very sensitive-skin friendly. Even for those with damaged skin barriers, it shouldn’t burn or feel uncomfortable.

 

Where it fit in my routine and texture

After double cleansing, toning and applying a serum (I’m using Beauty of Joseon’s Glow Deep serum at the moment), I used a thick glob of the snail mucin moisturizer. I don’t know why this took me by surprise but wow it is SLIMY. Like Nikelodeon slime. Weirdly though, it isn’t sticky. It is goopy, but when I applied it to my skin, it just felt like a regular cold cream. In fact, it felt great! Not oily or greasy, but more like a gel-based cream.

 

The results

Okay – here’s the deal. The cream felt very hydrating – but when I woke up the next morning, it actually felt dryer than usual. When I looked at my skin the bathroom mirror, I had a teeny pair of zits on my chin (always a problem area for me). I discovered the issue when I washed my face: my skin felt like there was a thin film over it, suggesting that the cream wasn’t very well absorbed by my skin for whatever reason. Having read a plethora of reviews, it seems it works differently for everyone – but the way it functioned for me was more like an occlusive than a moisturizer. This isn’t a bad thing, mind you – occlusives are awesome for slugging, a weak skin barrier and persistently dry skin. What they’re not so great for, is easily congested skin or acne-prone areas (which need more breathing room). So, the next night, I tried something a little different. I put on a basic cold cream, and then applied the COSRX snail mucin like a top coat over my whole face (including my under eye area), but leaving my acne-prone chin snail-free. And the results were *chefs kiss*. The next day, my skin felt way more hydrated, but also, the little eczema patch above my lip subsided on its own in a few days without needing to resort to cortisone.

 

Final verdict

Would I buy it again? Yes – but only during sensitive-skin winters as its occlusive nature would be too heavy for me in humid conditions. Got dry skin prone to eczema and sensitivity? Give it a try as a second moisturizer – you’re welcome!

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Find the Advanced 92 All In One Snail Cream from COSRX online in Australia at Kanvas Beauty

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