Snail secretion is not the first thing you'd like to apply to your skin, but those who have tried it say the benefits outweigh everything else. Let's see!
Let's start by listing the skincare benefits of mucin and we'll let you decide it is really worth all the hype.
K-beauty staple: Snail mucin, is it worth all the hype?
What can mucin do for your skin?
Snail mucin is a great source of proteins, peptides, antimicrobial compounds, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid. All these ingredients promote cell turnover and have antiaging, hydrating, and brightening properties. It is also a lightweight ingredient that can be used if you have acne-prone skin, as it is not comedogenic. Because of its glycolic acid content, it can treat hyperpigmentation and acne scars.
How is mucin sourced?
Snail is collected from snails in environments that are supposed to be stress-free. Snails roam over a mesh in a dark room and then they are removed from the mesh – this is when the mucin is collected for skincare products.
It can be used every day and it can be combined with retinol, vitamin c, and acids. Mucin-infused products feel a little bit sticky but are absorbed pretty quickly. Of course, this is not a vegan product, and if you choose to try it, make sure it is sourced responsibly.