Skincare products formulated with snail slime pack some serious beauty benefits

The media’s ongoing quest for those holy grail skincare products turns up some interesting ingredients along the way. One such ingredient is snail mucin, known more colloquially as snail slime. Snail mucin is widely used in Korean skincare, and it’s lauded for its intensely hydrating and regenerative properties. Plus, no snails are harmed in the harvesting of their mucin, though interested skincare devotees should always check a brand’s website to confirm!


Korean skincare brand Mizon sells a whole range of products containing snail mucin, and they’re refreshingly wallet-friendly. The line retails on Amazon and includes an eye cream, an intensive repairing essence, foaming cleansers, a toner, and some small-but-mighty ampoules. What’s more, the brand doesn’t skimp on the coveted snail mucus extract contained in its products: Mizon’s All In One Snail Repair Cream contains a whopping 92% concentration of snail mucus. The cream is anti-aging, collagen-promoting, and kind to blemishes, making it a must-have for skincare devotees.


The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is enjoying a moment in the spotlight, as the model and actress Emily Ratajkowski recently promoted the product via her Instagram Story. The essence is supposedly effective for soothing and revitalizing irritated skin, leaving users with a dewy and smooth complexion. The Korean skincare brand, which we reported on back in April for its highly-acclaimed pimple patches, also carries other products that are enriched with snail mucin, including an all-in-one moisturizer and a sunscreen.


SKEDERM'S 20-minute Snail Jelly Face Mask has rave reviews from hundreds of satisfied customers and is an Amazon’s Choice product in the category of facial masks. These sheet masks are infused with Snail Secretion Filtrate (SSF), which leaves skin radiant, rejuvenated, and hydrated. While each mask boasts a large quantity of SSF (5,000ppm, to be exact), Skederm makes it clear that no snails are harmed or stressed during the SSF collection process.