What is snail mucin and how do you use it?
Snail Cosmetic products are experiencing another surge in popularity thanks to TikTok, but what even is it? Unlike skin slugging which has nothing to do with actual slugs, this is exactly what it sounds like. Snail mucin is indeed extracted from the mucus trail left behind by snails. As strange as it might be to think about, there are some compelling reasons people are rushing to stock up on products.
Allow us to answer all your questions about snail cosmetic products and the potential benefits they may have for your skin.
What is snail mucin?
If you’re wondering who the first people were to look at the mucus trail behind snails and think, “Hm, maybe I should put that on my skin!” — it was those ever-clever and resourceful ancient Greeks. According to a 2021 review of studies from Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, they also used it for the same anti-inflammation and anti-aging properties everyone continues to rave about today.
When you think about it, snails have vulnerable bodies they use to slide around everywhere. It makes sense they would need something to protect them from the elements, which is precisely what their mucus does. It’s made up of proteins like the ones found in the epithelial cells found on our skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which may ring bells as another potent anti-aging beauty ingredient that helps with hydration.
Several studies have found promising benefits of using snail cosmetic: boosting wound healing with antimicrobial properties, improving skin regeneration with increased tissue and collagen production, and fighting off free radicals with antioxidants.
For those curious how snail mucin is harvested from the snails themselves, most companies prefer to keep that a trade secret. It’s obviously important to keep the snails alive in order to produce the mucin, though. The most frequently used techniques seem to be fairly harmless, like allowing the snails to crawl around on mesh or giving them steam baths. Regardless of how it’s collected, the mucin is filtered and refined before going into products.
How do you use snail cosmetics?
The answer to this question will depend on the type of mucin you purchase. If it’s a serum, you’ll want to put it on before a moisturizer. If it’s a moisturizing cream, you’ll want to use it after the serums.
It’s perfectly safe to mix snail mucin with other products in your beauty routine. As always, it’s a good idea to test any new ingredient on a small patch of skin to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities before going all in with it.