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Beauty Trends: Can Snail Slime Actually Be Good for Your Skin?


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Snail slime, snail extract, snail mucin... Snail is one of the latest beauty trends to hit the Asian beauty market, specifically in Korean skin care. In fact, you will often see snail filtrate in serums, facial masks, moisturizers and night creams. They’re even used now in sheet masks! But WHY? What could slimy snails possibly do for your skin? Why is what they secrete so important to include into your skin care routine? What exactly is snail slime anyway?


Snail slime is filled with nutrients that are beneficial for skin, which includes hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein and antimicrobial and copper peptides. These nutrients are commonly used in skin care products since they are beneficial for the skin and help to protect skin from damage.


Here are the top 3 benefits of snail slime!


  • ANTI-AGING BENEFITS: Snail mucin helps to stimulate collagen and elastin. It aids in protecting the skin from free radicals and repairs damaged tissues. It also soothes skin, treats age spots, and helps to restore skin’s hydration, which contributes to the anti-aging process.
  • REPAIRS DAMAGED SKIN: Snail mucin can be used to help treat dry skin, damaged skin, wrinkles, and stretch marks. It can also help with burns, scars, razor bumps and flat warts. There are some preliminary studies that show snail mucin is effective against acne scarring.
  • RESTORES HYDRATION: Snail slime contains more than 90% water. To ensure its purity and increase concentration, the slime is filtered through multiple times. Yet, it is important to consider consistency and quality of the snail mucus when looking at products, especially those that claim to have 98% water. Snail slime (also known as snail secretion filtrate) is widely used specifically in Korean beauty products over other Asian skincare items. Do not be mislead by the “snail” ingredient, as most products that include snail may look, smell and feel like any other product without snail.

Like any skin care product that you try, it is always recommended that you conduct a patch test before diving into trying snail skin care. Snail slime is something that may be new to your skin so it’s always a good idea to check if you are allergic to the ingredient first, especially if you have sensitive skin. It is always a good idea to do a test for a couple of weeks first before putting it on your face. If you are good to fully try it, then why not see what this latest skin care craze is about!


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Article by: Secret Skincare Enthusiast

Article Published: December 28, 2016


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