How snails can help with my skin

Posted by The Skin Alley on

Snail mucin has become one of the most sought after ingredients in skincare, especially in the Korean beauty community. So how did this garden critter become so popular?

Snail Secretion Filtrate (aka snail mucin) are naturally created by snails to help facilitate mobility in tough terrains. It is also created to protect their delicate skin from potential hazards like bacteria and sharp or rough surfaces. In dry weather, snails often seal themselves inside their shells using their slime to create a moist and comfortable environment.

During Ancient Greek times, snail slime had a medicinal use to alleviate inflamed skin, gastric ulcers or cough remedies. According to a study in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment (2009), snail mucin was used for treating burns in 43 patients with positive outcomes. Patients who topically applied snail creams twice a day witnessed remarkable improvements to their skin. Needless to say, snail mucin is renowned for its repairing and hydrating abilities.

Now of course, no snails were harmed in the process of harvest as many brands now have moved towards a cruelty-free approach (We’re all for it!). Mucin are harvested in many ways depending on breeders. Snail mucin is so rich in proteins, glycol acids, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and copper peptides. These are all great for reducing scars, stimulating collagen production, reducing inflammation, repairing skin barrier, providing anti-ageing, and moisture retention. Snail Secretion Filtrate can be found in many products like toners, essences, creams, ampoules, serums and even sunscreen! As for consistency, it really depends on the percentage of mucin. They tend to be thick and tacky but absorbs cleanly and quickly into the skin. 

Snail mucin skincare

Both hydrating and exfoliating. Contains Aloe Vera to soothe and moisturise. Salicylic Acid helps with exfoliating, improving acne prone skin and reducing sebum buildup. Snail mucin helps with restoring and replenishing damaged skin cells.
An essence that keeps your skin hydrated and smooth. Snail secretion filtrate is used to repair damaged skin, fade dark spots and return moisture to skin. Antibacterial bee venom and botanical extracts also help to minimise redness and reduces acne scars.
Formulated with fermented snail extract to help brighten, hydrate and strengthen skin. This serum restores skin elasticity and rebalances skin. Formulated with tea tree leaf water and antibacterial bee venom to work on reducing acne scars and redness from skin.

A non oily and highly moisturising cream with anti ageing properties. Use this to improve the skin elasticity, inflamed skin, and irritated skin after breakouts.
An easily absorbed and lightweight essence. Formulated with 96.3% snail secretion filtrate to improve skin elasticity and skin moisture retention. Snail mucin is an effective treatment for red and sensitive skin that has resulted from breakouts.
A light textured fast absorbing eye cream, that reduces signs of ageing. The miraculous snail secretion filtrate helps lessen the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around eyes. With 5 kinds of peptides and niacinamide to help with skin recovery and skin elasticity.
Brightens complexion whilst not being greasy on skin. Rich in humectant components and snail secretion filtrate to help keep skin moisturised, rejuvenated and revitalised.


My personal experience

From first hand experience, I can definitely say snail mucin does wonders for our skin! My little boy has eczema and it becomes highly receptive to the colder months of winter when it flares beyond belief. As little kids do when they’re itchy, they scratch. His skin becomes so dry and inflamed, some days he will even bleed from those areas :( We've tried to only use oat based products which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties but doesn't quite soothe his skin. We thought we'd try some snail mucin on his skin. By the next day we show a drastic improvement. Within a few days, the inflammation had almost gone and those cracked areas have started to completely heal.

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