All About Snail Mucin: What it is, What it Does, and How to Use it in Your Skincare Routine
Have you ever wondered what that "snail slime" in some skincare products is? Well, wonder no more.
In this blog post, we'll be discussing everything you need to know about snail mucin: what it is, how it's harvested, what benefits it has for your skin, and which products contain it. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Snail Mucin?
Snail mucin is a clear, sticky substance secreted by snails. It's composed of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), proteins, and antimicrobial peptides.
GAGs are known for their hydrating properties, while the proteins and peptides work together to repair damage and calm inflammation. In other words: snail mucin is great for your skin!
How is Snail Mucin Harvested?
Cosmetics companies and snail farmers ensure that harvesting snail mucin does not harm the snails. In fact, they're quite happy to secrete it.
These farmers simply place the snails where they can roam freely on screens. They then collect the snail mucin once it's been secreted. Other farmers have reported they put snails in a machine to collect the mucin.
There are several methods for collecting the mucin, some do seem stressful for the snail. And some farmers seem to be very tight-lipped about their extraction techniques.
Therefore, there is no guarantee that the mucin in your skincare product came from a stress-free snail.
What are the Benefits of Snail Mucin for Your Skin?
Snail mucin has a host of benefits for your skin. Its hydrating properties help to plump and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to repair damage caused by sun exposure and pollution.
Additionally, snail mucin is an excellent acne-fighter thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. In short, using products with snail mucin will leave your skin looking and feeling its best!
Which Products Contain Snail Mucin?
We hope this blog post has answered all of your questions about snail mucin. Now that you know all about its benefits for your skin, you're probably wondering which products contain it.
Snail mucin can be found in many Korean beauty products, including cleansers, moisturizers and eye creams.
Tap the button below for a list of our favorite Korean eye cream picks, some containing snail mucin.