THE TRUTH ABOUT SNAIL MUCIN IN K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS

THE TRUTH ABOUT SNAIL MUCIN IN K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Snail Mucin. 

It’s one of K-Beauty’s favourite ingredients, and with its ability to repair skin damage, actively hydrate, fight wrinkles and reduce acne scars and blemishes it is little wonder snail mucin is so popular in Korean skincare products.

Why Snail Mucin is so good for skin

Snail Mucin is a great ingredient in skincare products because it naturally contains a whole heap of skin-friendly goodies, including proteins, elastin, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and copper peptides. It also has anti-microbial properties that help avoid bacteria.

However, perhaps surprisingly (given how famous Koreans have made it!) the use of snails in cosmetics and medicine is not new or unique to K-Beauty products. The ancient Greeks knew of snail mucin’s potential to heal skin, and also used it internally.

Despite it’s many benefits to the skin, people rightly often wonder how snail mucin is collected – and in particular, whether it is harmful to the snails.

How Snail Mucin is harvested

Traditional methods of harvesting snail mucin were cruel – the snails were essentially dunked in pots of water with salt, vinegar or other chemicals to force them to excrete mucin.

Thankfully, the methods for harvesting snail mucin have changed considerably.

Snail Mucin is a great ingredient in skincare products because it naturally contains a whole heap of skin-friendly goodies.

These days, there are a variety of “cruelty-free” methods of snail production and slime extraction.

In fact, research shows that the quality of the mucin itself depends on breeders keeping good environmental conditions for their snails. As a result, breeders themselves regulate what the snails eat, how they are kept and how the slime is extracted.

This also helps in certifying snail mucin products as cruelty-free.

In Italy, for example, snail mucin is extracted by immersing the snails in a special steam bath that acts like a spa for snails. The snails are not harmed in this process.

In other farms, the snails are simply placed in an environment where they can move over a bumpy surface, causing them to make slime (as they do naturally in bumpy conditions), and the mucin is harvested this way.

What results can you expect using snail mucin?

With regular use of products containing a good quality snail mucin extract you can expect the look and texture of ageing, damaged, acne-prone and/or scarred skin to be improved.

This is because snail mucin supports natural cell regeneration and replenishes moisture to increase skin’s firmness and suppleness. 

STYLE STORY’s favourite snail products

Here at STYLE STORY, we love snail mucin! In fact, it’s in many of our favourite Korean Beauty products, including:

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro Gel Maskthis luxe hydro-gel facial mask is infused with fermented snail mucin extract, that hydrates, brightens and repairs dry, dull, damaged, scarred and acne-prone skin.

Using snail mucin extract you can expect the look and texture of ageing, damaged, acne-prone and scarred skin to be improved.

Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Repair Eye Cream – containing 80% snail secretion filtrate, this is the ultimate eye cream to fortify and repair the delicate skin around the eyes.

Benton Snail Bee Set – Korean Beauty label Benton’s best-selling Snail Bee High Content Essence and Steam Cream are the perfect pair to tackle blemishes, acne scarring and pigmentation. They work together to target the key signs of skin damage.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence made with 96% all-natural snail secretion filtrate, this beloved Essence is a powerful treatment  that transforms the complexion, for younger, healthier and more elastic skin.

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream this moisturising cream from one of Korea’s best loved beauty brands works beautifully with dull, damaged, acne-prone, mature and scarred skins. It helps repair and improve the look and texture to give your skin a healthy, radiant glow.

Mizon All In One Repair Snail Cream – one of the all-time best selling K-Beauty products, this cream is truly innovative and hydrating, containing 92% snail mucin.

COSRX Holy Moly Snail Mask this sheet mask is jam-packed full of Snail Mucin AND Red Ginseng Water for a glowing complexion.

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