ask us Much There are different skincare questions, but certain questions seem to pop up all the time. Here, we run a Q&A on one of the most common and “ew” ingredients in Korean beauty: snail mucin.
If you’ve ever used a skincare product containing snail mucin (sometimes listed as a snail secretion filter), you probably can’t stop praising it. And if you’ve never–or never used–a skin care product that contains snail mucus, you likely have a lot of questions.
There’s no denying that the idea of putting anything on your snail face sounds pretty weird, but the benefits outweigh the lousy factor, we can promise you that
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Read on to find out why, as well as answers to all of your most pressing snail-related questions.
What can snails do for my skin?
The real question is what I can not He. She Act? The component is the source Proteins, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptidesAnd Hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid. Armed with all this good stuff, snail mucin is anti-aging, hydrating, gentle exfoliating, brightening, and soothing—a true treat for everyone when it comes to targeting common skin issues.
Is snail mucin good for acne-prone skin?
definitely. It’s a lightweight ingredient that doesn’t clog pores. Its healing and antimicrobial properties can come in handy when you’re looking to speed up the healing process of acne and treat inflammation. And because snail mucin can help with cell renewal (glycolic acid plays a role here), it’s an effective treatment for acne scars. This property also makes the ingredient a good choice for treating skin tone and uneven pigmentation issues.
Can you combine snail mucin with ingredients like vitamin C and retinol?
Yes! Snail mucin is a gentle ingredient that works well with others. It’s hydrating and has healing properties, so it’s especially great to mix with powerful ingredients that can cause dryness and irritation like retinol, vitamin C, and AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids and alpha hydroxy acids).
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And because we know you’re wondering, the glycolic acid in snail mucin isn’t enough to cause an allergic reaction or interfere with your other ingredients.
Can you use snail mucin every day?
Every day, twice a day, all day…Go ahead and work on getting rid of this stuff!
How is snail mucin obtained for cosmetic products?
Snail mucin is not collected from a dock or random boulder. Beauty companies like COSRX and SMD Cosmetics are committed to collecting snail secretions in environments that are stress-free for creatures and healthy for us. For example, COSRX allows its snails to roam freely across a net in a dark, quiet room for 30 minutes. After that, the snails are taken home to rest and mucin is collected for cosmetic purposes. SMD Cosmetics Their snails are kept under the care of farmers in Chile who ensure healthy and safe secretion levels. Read more about the process here.
Wait, but does the snail make the products look like… snail mucin?
We won’t lie, the texture may take a while to get used to. Depending on the concentration of the ingredient and the type of product it’s in, products filled with spirochetal mucin can look sticky and sticky. But once you absorb and move on to the next steps in your routine, *your skin* should feel soft and smooth.
Shop some of our favorite mucin-infused snail products below!
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