Snail mucin is another name for snail secretion filtrate! (Eeek, we know!) Or snail slime (that doesn't make it any better), which is an animal-derived growth factor. Growth factors are high molecular weight peptides that encourages wound healing and tissue repair.
A number of research studies have demonstrated that snail mucin can significantly increase the rate of wound healing. This healing effect appears to be due to the complex chemical composition of snail mucin and its ability to increase the production of new skin cells, prevent the death of existing skin cells and enable the movement of skin cells to the wound site - not many products can claim to produce, prevent and move cells around like this snail juice does!
What does snail Mucin do for my skin?
Based on its chemical composition, snail mucin may be an effective treatment of poorly healing wounds, unsightly scars, fine lines and wrinkles, dehydrated and dry skin, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, pos inflammatory erythema, acne and enlarged pores.
The fact that snail mucin is a growth factor that contains allantoin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and antibacterial agents means that it may possess a number of skin benefits in theory.
Based on this research, some of the ways in which snail mucin can benefit your skin are:
Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
Reducing post inflammatory erythema
Increasing skin hydration and stratum corneum barrier function
Reducing enlarged pores
"Snail mucin has been used since ancient times for its skin healing benefits."
More recent research has highlighted the antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antitumoral effects of snail mucin, which suggests that it has a broader range of benefits for the skin.
Does it really work?
"Chilean snail farmers were experiencing soft and smooth hands after regularly handling snails for the French food market. Not only were their hands smoother and softer, but any wounds or grazes appeared to heal faster with no scarring. This led to the first snail mucin-based skincare brand."
It is no surprise that snail mucin can be found in a number of cosmetic products nowadays and offers a wide variety of skin benefits. There is good reason for why this is happening, it has worked for a lot of people. In saying that, like with everything good in life, it is about consistency. You must be willing to trial it out for a good length of time to see results. It is a skin-vest-ment (try different products, stronger formulas etc) to get really strong results for your skin, snail slime seems worth a try as much as any other high protein-based moisturisers. What do you have to lose? Snail slime products like we have in store is quite affordable and it's proven benefits for your skin is worth a go!
When do I add it into my routine?
After cleanser and toner and before any serums / moisturiser. Apply a small amount on your face and use your finger tips to press it down for better absorption. It actually feels quite nice and soothing... or maybe we're just sickos!
Summarise it for me, baby!
Snail Mucin retains moisture and support cell regeneration, repairs damaged skin and supports skins resilience. Its benefits are that it is moisturising, healing and soothing.
It is best for those with Dry, Combination, Oily and Acne Prone skin. Skin concerns it helps are acne, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture.
It is worth a shot if you really want to work on reducing those acne scars - just make sure you're buying good quality snail slime and don't buy the cheap 'over-hyped' stuff!
See below for our recommended snail slime treatments for your skin.
Highly Recommended! No snails were harmed during the making of Snail Serums / Masks we love.
COSRX - Advanced snail 96 Mucin Power Essence
Light- weight essence which absorbed into skin fast and gives skin natural glow from inside.
Snail Mucin 96.3% of Snail Secretion Filtrate helps protect the skin from moisture loss while improving skin elasticity. Snail mucin helps repair and soothes red, sensitive skin after breakouts by replenishing moisture. Lightweight, yet moisturising texture gives you long-lasting hydration without feeling heavy on the skin.
The 96 in this product refers to the 96% snail secretion formula. The other ingredients here are hydrators like betaine and hyaluronic acid. Those with severely dry and oily skin alike adore this lightweight, super-hydrating and calming formula that is able to reduce redness from inflamed acne.
A lot of our customers use and love the Corsx "Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence". Get it here.
This is another skin care product with a generous quantity of snail filtrate (92%). It has a creamy texture, so it can work as a final moisturiser for normal and combination skin types. If you are on the drier side, you might want something more occlusive on top of it. It plumps and brightens the skin, and helps heal breakouts quickly.
You can’t go wrong with a snail filtrate product from Benton, but I wanted to add a mask to the list of best snail slime skin care products. This is a fun K-beauty mask that, unlike many other masks, doesn’t tend to drip too much, and doesn’t take forever to dry. The formula is beautiful, with lots of snail slime, along with Niacinamide and willow bark extract.
This snail slime mask is perfect for almost any skin type, to soothe irritation and redness, hydrate, and prevent premature aging. These ingredients are also great for fortifying acne-prone skin. Buy it here.
Some By Mi - Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Serum
SOME BY MI Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Serum is packed with 89% Snail Truecica (Black Snail Extract and Truecica) to regenerate, strengthen skin barrier. Black snails have the ability to store 6 months of for hibernation making them resilient than other snails. The serum is refreshing, lightweight, and calms down skin instantly to alleviate blemishes, scars, and fine lines.
Benton - High Content Essence
The Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is a nourishing essence that keeps your skin hydrated and smooth. ... The addition of aloe and niacinamide also give you a more hydrated and brighter skin tone and texture. Suitable for all skin types, especially oily, combination and acne-prone skin. Buy here.