What are the benefits of snail mucin and why should you use it is a very common question I get. As well as questions like Why do you like snail mucin so much? Why do you use it? When do you use it? Aren’t you grossed out by it?
This one is for the snail that decided to take up resident on my yoga mat early this morning. You’ve inspired an entire post. Who says snails don’t move fast? Because I swear I laid that mat down, went back to my car really quick for my water bottle, and there you were sunning yourself on my mat. I mean, I don’t mind snail in my skincare but I’m not digging your presence on my mat early in the AM. You kind of grossed me out. It took a lot of plotting and planning to move you from my mat to a safe place by me and my fellow classmates. That was a lot of eewww gross squealing. We as women are powerful humans but put a snail in front of us and we need someone to swoop in and rescue us.
Why a snail grosses me out but not the idea of applying snail mucin on my face is the mystery of the moment! But I’ll take the inspiration this gave me to post about the benefits of snail mucin.
I use a lot of different snail secretion filtrates in my skincare because it has some great benefits. Although, I do think the main demographic for snail mucin is for those with irritated or inflamed skin or even oily skin. I’m personally on the anti-aging side of the snail mucin fence.
How is snail mucin collected?
Now before we get into any of this we should discuss collection of mucin. How snail mucin is collected is always a popular question for those concerned about animal or in this case mollusks cruelty. You may well know I’m a massive fan of CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. In the case of CosRX products, they place snails on a mesh net in a dark, quiet room and just allow them to chill out and roam around leaving little mucin trails. They do this for about 30 or so minutes. Snails aren’t put under any stress to to force mucin production plus snails produce mucin best when they are in a stress-free environment. CosRX stabilizes the mucin to make it suitable for skincare.
What skin types can use snail mucin?
I personally think it’s suitable for any skin type but it tends to be promoted towards oily or acne prone skin since it provides hydration and healing benefits but doesn’t produce excess oil or greasiness. I always highly recommend it for drier skin like my own as I feel like it’s very hydrating.
Benefits of snail mucin
Aside from the moisture snail mucin actually promotes collagen production and also, aids in skin healing and regeneration. Some folks even say it can brighten your complexion but there’s no known evidence of this. It does contain some anti-inflammatory agents like manganese as well as peptides and Vitamins A and E which are great anti-aging ingredients. If you have a compromised skin barrier or sensitive skin snail mucin is an excellent way to repair damage and keep skin hydrated without irritation.
When do you use snail mucin?
I tend to use it in the AM after my Vitamin C and allow it to fully absorb before I go in with my SPF. I’ve been known to use in the evening as well on retinol-free nights. I’ll apply it after cleansing and while it’s still dewy to the touch I’ll go in with my HA and use that dewiness to my advantage as the HA can absorb moisture from the mucin.
Am I grossed out by it?
Not really…I’ve used essences from the beginning of time which makes me very familiar with the thicker, sometimes sticky feel of an essence and that’s how I see mucin. It’s doesn’t have a fragrance, it doesn’t feel like slime, it just has an essence-like consistency. I don’t really see it as slime that came from a snail but just another essence I’m applying to my face.
If you’re skin is drier or in need of some repair and comfort after a too harsh time with acids or exfoliation this is definitely a product you’ll want to add into your current routine.
I understand it seems gross but I promise the benefits of snail mucin outweigh the gross factor.
Do you use snail mucin skincare in your current routine?
Got a question about it?