When I was looking up new skincare products snail mucus seemed to be everywhere I looked. I never thought that little slimy creature would be any help in the skincare department. But in the would of natural (ish) skincare I guess anything can happen. Before I decided to take the plunge I wanted to see what the big deal was with snail mucus and if it really did anything amazing for the skin.
What’s So Great About Snail Mucus?
According to HuffPost when snail mucus is concentrated it aids in hydrating the skin preventing wrinkles and dark spots. It used to be huge in Greece back in the day and it’s making a come back with the Korean Skincare trend. When snails are agitated they create a thick fluid to protect themselves this fluid is full of antioxidants and nutrients to help plump up your skin and aid in fullness.
So should we use it?
As most beauty trends dermatologist are torn, but most steer on the side of “you can use it but it’s not necessary.” You can get the same effect with hyaluronic acid or glycoprotein peptides and enzymes they both share the same key ingredients. It also depends on the snail that the mucus comes from so it’s pretty much a catch 22.
I went ahead and bought it, just to try it. I’m was too curious. The brand the I got was COSRX Advance Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. It’s definitely slimy, a lot slimier than expected and it takes a lot to rub in. I also have Hyaluronic Acid from the Original and if it has the same effect I would prefer to use the original because it’s way easier to rub and it’s easier to apply my moisturizer after. Honestly most of the time I don’t really use it because I have the other 2 serums to use and again it’s just a lot of work for not much payoff. But when I do want a little extra moisture I go for it.
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