Snail Mucin For Skin: Who Should Be Using It & How

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 Slime in beauty products? What the snail??

Now I don’t know about you, but I usually try to stay away from insects of all sorts. Ants? Bad. Bees? Worse. Mosquitos? The ultimate evil. But snails? Honestly, I never gave too much thought to them. As a kid, you watch them slowly crawl across the ground with their nice spiral houses, totally fascinated. But then as an adult, the fascination ends and you kind of forget about snails. 

However, it turns out that snails can actually really help with our skin care routine. I’m not suggesting that you get yourself a pet snail, but I am suggesting that you look into using snail mucin for your skin. Trust me, your skin will thank you!

What Is Snail Mucin Essence?

Snail with reflection.

Snail mucin is essentially snail slime. 

Snail mucin essence is a formula that can benefit your skin and contains a large concentration of snail mucin. The snail secretion typically comes from the Cryptomphalus aspersa, also known as the common garden snail.

Snail mucin is less formally known as snail slime. But don’t let this turn you off. Many big beauty brands use this slime (should we perhaps go back to calling it mucin?) to make essences, serums, creams, and masks. And since they’re only using the slime, you don’t have to worry about snails being killed to make these products. If you’re looking at a bottle of snail mucin essence, or any other products which contain snail mucin as an ingredient, look on the label for SSF. This stands for snail secretion filtrate.

The benefits of snail mucin for skin were first discovered by accident, when Chilean snail breeders found that their hands were super soft after handling the snails. Ultimately, though, Korean beauty brands are the ones who brought the benefits of snail mucin over to the U.S.

Snail mucin contains wonderful ingredients such as glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid. Hyaluronic acid, for example, is a humectant that pulls water into the outer layers of the skin, making your skin more moisturized. Snail mucin’s antibacterial properties help manage bacteria which would otherwise cause acne on your skin. The glycolic acid also helps with preventing breakouts by exfoliating skin, unclogging pores, and eliminating dead skin cells.

Snail Mucin Benefits Breakdown  

African American woman with clear skin.

Woman with clear skin.

It’s not for nothing that snail mucin is popular for skin care. The nutrients in it make it great for repairing skin damage, making your skin more elastic, and keeping your skin hydrated. Although snail mucin can work with all skin types, its moisturizing benefits are best for dry skin. Snail mucin is also good for boosting your skin’s tone (and making certain hyperpigmentation, like acne scars, fade) and brightness.

Snail mucin will make your skin tighter and firmer while encouraging the production of both collagen and elastin, leaving you with younger-looking skin. Research indicates that snail mucin can help with anti-aging efforts due to the fact that contains hyaluronic acid, demonstrates antioxidant activities, encourages collagen production, and helps heal wounds. And this is all while you’re using a product with fewer allergens, meaning that there’s much less of a chance of you experiencing any negative side effects when using snail mucin. Studies involving snail mucin have shown promise for it helping to fight facial lines and wrinkles.

As we mentioned above, one of snail mucin’s other big plusses is its antibacterial properties, which make it great for warding off acne. It can also soothe irritation thanks to allantoin, which has healing properties which also smooth skin and stimulate the regeneration of cells. And while we’re at it, let’s not forget to mention the many nutrients that the mucin is jam-packed with, including manganese, zinc, copper peptides, and the antioxidants vitamin A and vitamin C.

Snail Mucin Before And After

When using snail slime for face (if you say it to yourself a few times it should sound less and less weird), the benefits will be staggered. That is to say that some effects will be almost immediate, while others you’ll notice over time.

If you want some great before and after results while addressing issues like dry skin or lines and wrinkles, snail mucin will work great in the short term. This is because the effects of hyaluronic acid are short term. So you might even notice the results after a few minutes, but you’ll need continued use in order to maintain the new look and feel. For soothing irritated skin, snail mucin can also work relatively quickly.

When it comes to treating or preventing acne, the results might take a bit longer. Of course, you might notice results even after just a day of using snail mucin. You might find that your pores are clearer and that your bumps are starting to fade. Yet with prolonged use, your body will get used to clearer skin, and you’ll notice fewer breakouts as time passes.

Snail Skin Care Products Explored

Woman in bath robe holding tub of moisturizing lotion.

Woman applying moisturizer.

Depending on your needs and your general skin care routine, there are a variety of items you might want to check out in order to benefit from snail mucin. For instance, there’s snail face cream, such as Mizon’s All In One Snail Repair Cream. This snail cream, with a potent snail extract concentration of 92%, will work to fully repair your skin. The other ingredients include glycolic acid and elastin, working to fight fine lines. The copper peptides in the cream will help to minimize your pores and reduce acne scarring, a win for anyone facing these issues.

Sometimes you just need to lock in the benefits a little more with a mask. So what exactly can a snail mask do for you? With a snail mask such as the Missha Super Aqua Cell Renewal Sleeping Mask, your skin will get a boost of hydration. The gel mask is packed with moisture-rich ingredients, coupled with snail extract to promote skin regeneration, tightening, tone and plumpness.

If you prefer to get your snail benefits from a snail serum, you’re in luck. You can try Sabbatical Beauty’s snail serum or others like it, which will help deliver many of snail mucin’s benefits right to your skin. Simply put it on after you’ve cleaned your face, and follow up with a moisturizer afterward. Then sit back and enjoy its ability to heal, reduce redness, prevent acne, and soothe irritated skin and inflammation.


Well there you have it, all of the benefits of snail mucin for your skin. Although it might be a little hard to wrap your head around at first, snail mucin is a perfectly safe ingredient with an abundance of benefits, so it’s a shame to not give it a try. It’s time that you get in your car and escargot get some of this amazing stuff!

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