Unless you live under a shell like the small, slimy creatures that we side-step to avoid crushing them on the ground before going on our merry way, you would probably have heard of the mucin hype that went viral several years ago. If you are new to this, slathering the trail that snails leave behind on your face might seem like a bizarre concept to grasp. However, experts in the beauty industry had a very different opinion when they started concocting formulas with this unconventional ingredient.
Although introduced into the market a while back, the addition of snail mucin in skincare products is definitely here to stay due to its diverse range of natural benefits it can bring about to heal one’s skin, with promises such as soothing inflammation, moisturising and protecting against premature ageing. The slimy goodness is also often harvested ethically without causing harm to the little critters. The exact technique depends on the brand and its breeders, though usually these nocturnal creatures are left alone in a dark room and are placed above a thin mesh where their mucin is then collected below.
Whether you are a novice or a skincare connoisseur, this slippery mucilage bears a gift for all. Keep reading to discover some of the snail-infused items you should add to your cart now.
Tip: Like any new addition to your skincare routine, always conduct a patch test before the application of the product. Snail mucin typically works best on damp skin for better absorption and penetration of the formula.