The K-beauty snail cream trend has conquered the Western market. Snail mucin, also known as snail slime, may sounds a bit gross, but it has some great skin benefits!
This miracle ingredient wasn’t firstly discovered by the Koreans. It were the ancient Greek, who already used it as a treatment for inflamed skin. And now, centuries later, snail mucin made its way back as an effective skin treatment- integrated in several skincare products, like creams and sheet masks.
So what is snail mucin exactly, what is it made of and what are the benefits? Learn more about this slimy substance, and how it aids your skin.
What is Snail mucin?
Snail mucin is a watery gel that snails secrete out of their body’s. When you watch a snail moving, you can see that it leaves a trail behind. That’s snail mucin. It helps the snail to glide easily on surfaces, to quickly heal the snail, and it has a protective function. As it protects the snail against bacteria, UV-rays, and when it comes in contact with sharp objects, like rocks and twigs.
Before included in beauty products, the snail mucin is collected after the snail secretes it.
See how snail mucin is collected in this video:
What are the ingredients?
Snail slime is made of many ingredients that are beneficial for the skin. It contains 91 to 98% water. Some of the other ingredients are:
- Glycol acid
- Hyaluronic acid
How does snail cream aid your skin?
The snail mucin’s protective function works on human skin as well. It treats skin burns, and it has remarkable anti-aging effects, as it improves the skin quality and texture. Snail cream can be especially nice when you’re dealing with Asian skin problems, as it removes acne and dark spots.