Everyone is talking about snail mucin, but what is it? Snail Mucin is snail mucus but before you freak out, let me tell you why it’s the best product on the market for your skin.
The first thing you should know is the snail mucin used in beauty products comes from laboratory-grade snails, bred in sterile conditions just to harvest their mucus for use in skincare – no snails injured in this process.
Snail mucin is not new. It was discovered in the ‘60s by Dr Abad Iglesias’ in a bid to cure cancer. Snails were treated with radiation; the radiation didn’t kill them but promoted heavier secretions, and these secretions seemed to help the snail to recover quickly from the radiation treatment.
Later tested on humans to aid the recovery of cuts and rashes, the side effect was a noticeable change in the texture and health of the damaged skin. Roll on 40 years, and we have a fantastic product that contains potent hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and enzymes that all have hydrating and repairing properties so vital in great skincare.
So – no garden snails in any products and, on this basis, it’s not a good idea to try and make your own. So let’s look at what’s involved and what are the best products for your skin type.
“There is anecdotal evidence that proteins in
snail mucin have anti-aging benefits, and
clinical trials have looked at that, as well as
reversal of sun damage, and shown
improvement. Snail mucin is not going to help
deep folds, but it will improve skin texture and
This cream has the highest percentage of snail mucin (97.5%) of any other product I have found. Korea’s number one super product is listed as a night cream on Amazon but is, in fact, a multi-purpose cream.
This cream is so good, so powerful, that we recommend it as an all-rounder, day or night, hand and face, anywhere that needs attention. The ability to clear up dehydrated skin and that sallow look you can get from too many late nights is second to none.
Top tip – this cream is only available in the UK at Amazon and sells out fast. If you see it on there, buy it. You won’t regret it.
If you’re looking for something organic but super moisturising, we recommended:
“Snail mucin is best known for its anti-ageing
properties. It helps to stimulate the formation
of collagen and elastin, protect skin from free
radicals, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues
and restore hydration. It can be used to treat
dry skin, wrinkles and stretch marks, acne and
Rosacea, age spots, burns,scars, razor bumps
and even flat warts.”
Made in Italy, this moisturiser has 80% organic snail mucin and shea butter, aloe vera for repairing and hydration. This cream is a super moisturiser, but we love it because it removes age spots or sun spots; not to mention reduces the appearance of scars on skin suffering from acne.
Pair this up with the gorgeous face and eye serum, and you have a matching set.
The serum has a whopping 98% snail mucin combined with aloe vera and their secret ingredient hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid can hold 30 times its weight in water and this, along with the snail mucin and aloe vera, is what makes these products so effective.
The products are cruelty-free, without parabens, silicons, perfumes and dyes, no alcohol. They are certified organic and suitable for all skin types.
Snail mucin is used in all sorts of skincare, not just on the face and decolletage. We love hand cream, especially If you suffer from dry hands. We were delighted to try this new Polish brand Orientana, with rave reviews in Eastern Europe. We need to see what all the fuss is.
“Snail mucin has been shown to have
antioxidant properties, as well as the ability to
stimulate collagen production and enhance
wound healing. It is also rich in hyaluronic
acid, which is a humectant ingredient that
pulls in hydration to the outer skin layer.”
Orientana – Snail Hand Cream (£14.24)
The cream is well worth the hype, 98% natural; great results for those suffering from dermatitis and eczema or just plain dry skin.
Delicately fragranced with organic vanilla it is not at all oily or greasy, and what’s great is you don’t need to keep applying, making it great value.
Koreans love snail mucin, and there’s not much Koreans don’t know about beauty: so when this one popped on my desk, I was keen to try it.
This first thing I noticed was a light floral smell; I read the ingredients – it contains honeysuckle essence: just lovely. The sheet itself is 100% cotton, and there are 10 in the packet making these sheet masks outstanding value.
Containing the magic ingredients of snail mucin and hyaluronic acid these masks also have antioxidants. Recommended for dry skin or skin that is prone to flaky or dehydrated complaints. The great news is that they do what they say on the packet.
So, all in all, we love snail mucin. Once you get over the initial ‘ew’ re-action and on to the ‘ah’ reaction, we know you will love it as much as we do.