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.
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…
… 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:
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