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.
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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.