As soon as we get used to slugging (and the rest of the viral TikTok trends), here come the snails, sliding in to join the party. Snail mucin has taken the skincare world by storm, with many claiming that it has improved their skin tremendously. But is it really a holy grail snail or a skincare fail? By the end of this article, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on whether or not to add it to your skincare arsenal.
What is Snail Mucin?
Snail mucin, also known as snail secretion filtrate (SSF on your skincare label), is a natural substance released by snails (basically snail slime). Gross, you say? Sure, it may not sound like the most glamorous skincare ingredient, but it has gained a reputation for being a powerhouse in the beauty industry.
The mucin is produced by placing snails in dark rooms to crawl over mesh or glass surfaces, where they naturally release their slime trails to be collected. The process is safe and does not harm the snails in any way, ensuring that snail mucin extraction is cruelty-free.
Key Elements & Benefits
Snail mucin is packed with protein and nutrients, but the key components are what make it a sought-after ingredient in skincare. Hyaluronic acid, copper and antimicrobial peptides, zinc, iron, and other skin-boosting elements work together to offer various benefits, including:
- Anti-aging: Stimulates collagen production by improving elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne Fighting: Prevents breakouts by fighting bacteria and unclogging pores; fades the appearance of scars and blemishes.
- Hydration: Provides a protective barrier that helps retain moisture, leaving skin nourished, plump, and more supple
- Anti-Inflammatory: Helps soothe irritated or sensitive skin (good for calming redness from sunburn or flaky skin from eczema)
How to Add it to Your Routine
Snail mucin has been added to a wide range of skincare products (especially since its recent rise to stardom). Here are some of the most common, along with a few ways to add the superior slime to your skincare regimen.
Cleansers- Cleansers infused with snail mucin are designed to remove impurities and hydrate the skin simultaneously. Use it as the first step in your skincare routine to prepare your skin for other products.
Serums- Snail mucin serums are a popular choice. The lightweight, fast-absorbing liquids deliver a larger, more concentrated dose of snail mucin to the skin. Apply a few drops of serum after cleansing and toning to maximize its revitalizing effects.
Moisturizers– These are normally creams or lotions that combine snail mucin with other moisturizing ingredients. They provide a balanced mix of hydration and skin protection, sealing in all the goodness. After cleansing and applying a serum, you can use a snail mucin moisturizer as the next step in your routine.
Eye Creams- Specially formulated to target delicate skin around the eyes, snail mucin eye creams address concerns like