WHERE DID THIS TREND COME FROM?
The use of Snail Mucin (ahem, ‘snail secretion filtrate’) dates all the way back to Ancient Greece, where it was prescribed as a topical treatment to reduce inflammation. In more modern times, South America farmers handling the French delicacy escargot, noticed their hands looked younger and smoother. It wasn’t long before the ingredient sensation exploded as a trend in beauty-forward Korea. Here in the U.S. it began to crawl its way into skincare treatments, creams and elixirs about five years ago. Now more mainstream high-end beauty brands are releasing new products containing the holy snail, and both spas and doctors’ offices are featuring facials that employ it.
WHY IS IT SO POPULAR?
Because it delivers incredible results.
BACK UP, HOW DOES IT WORK? The Basics: Snail enzyme is a high-efficacy active ingredient comprised of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin - all compounds that are both highly beneficial to the skin and commonly found in modern day skin creams and sheet masks.
This trusted slime is derived from the same stuff snails have produced for over 600 million years to heal cuts on their soft bodies from rocks and other rough surfaces. In beauty products, snail mucin promises the super natural glow that we have come to expect from any product trending in Korea. It helps to firm and restore skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration (which helps fade acne scars, smooth uneven complexions and reduce hyperpigmentation – VOILA! Super. Natural. Glow).
Further Reading: Maire Claire lists Snail Mucin as “9 Asian skincare ingredients that are basically magic.”
IS IT THE OOZY, GOOEY SLIME I'M PICTURING?
No! Let me clarify, Snail Mucin, has been registered and recognized as an official cosmetic ingredient under the name, 'snail secretion filtrate'. It’s not the oozy, gooey slime that you may be imagining. When it is formulated into a skincare products, it smells and feels like any other moisturizer.
SHOP IT: Volition Beauty's cooling, anti-aging eye gel
features this time proven, skin efficacious ingredient.
So there you have it. Everything you need to know about the latest ingredient sensation from Korea. When you consider products with Snail Mucin, keep an open mind - it might be exactly what your skin needs!