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This Beloved KBeauty Ingredient is Gross, But It Can Transform Your Skin

Slippery, slimy and spectacular!

You’ve probably heard about my recent trip to South Korea. Everyone has. And since being back (and TBH before I even went) I consider myself to be a professional rookie when it comes to all things KBeauty. Humour me.

Since we live on the opposite side of the world from the Koreans, it makes sense that ingredients – whether it’s in our food or our skincare – is going to be a bit *ahem* different.

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But, if you are able to put your gag reflex aside – and recognise that these brands know what they’re doing when it comes to creating spectacular skincare – your skin might also be as flawless as it is across the pond. One of these unusual ingredients, that is becoming increasingly popular in the west, is snail mucin. And yes, that is the slime secreted by the same shelled gastropods that leave shiny trails in your garden.

Mucin has been trusted for a long time in Asia to keep skin in good condition. And while back in the day application may have looked something like this…

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… these days it’s significantly less gruesome, with products being packaged in pretty, sterile bottles and been given pleasant-smelling formulations. Progress!

Skincare Benefits of Snail Mucin

So snail mucin in skincare might not be as gross as you thought, but what exactly does this powerhouse ingredient do? If you guessed pretty much everything, then you’d be right! From speeding up wound healing, tissue repair, treating signs of ageing, fading scars and making skin juicy and hydrated, this substance is an all-rounder. And if you are worried about the ethics surrounding how this ingredient is harvested, you can rest assured that most snail farms use methods that don’t actually hurt them. Clear skin AND a clear conscious? Sign us up!

Want to see how snail slime can transform your skin? Here are five product picks to add to your skincare routine:

1. Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream

This cult favourite moisturiser has been a firm favourite since it launched in 2014, and it’s perfect for troubled or sensitive skin, and a great multi-purpose cream

R295 Glow Theory SHOP NOW

2. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

Whether you’re concerned about acne scarring, lack of hydration, premature ageing, sensitivity or dry patches, this product works on all skin concerns and leaves you with glowing, healthy, hydrated skin

R330 Glow Theory SHOP NOW

3. Benton  Snail Bee High Content Mask Pack

This sheet mask is made of pure cotton and is soaked in snail mucin to deeply nourish and hydrate irritated skin. Bee venom extract helps improves skin tone and texture

R60 Luxe Loft SHOP NOW

4. Jumiso Have a Good Cream Snail and Centella

This lightweight daily moisturiser is formulated with snail mucin and centella asiatica, the ideal combination to hydrate, soothe and and fade acne marks and uneven skin tone

R325 Glow Theory SHOP NOW

5. Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence

This best-selling moisturising and reparative solution is rich in protein and vitamins, thanks to snail filtrate that helps to smooth and improve skin texture

R315 Glow Theory SHOP NOW

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