Gather round ladies, we’re about to give you the inside scoop on the latest hero ingredient to reach our shores – snail mucin! Yes, you read correctly and no we’ve not lost our proverbial marbles – we’re talking about snail mucin, that gooey trail that our slimey friends leave behind while out on their travels. As gross as it may sound, this slimey elixir has been used for skincare purposes since the time of Hippocrates (a really long time ago). As a physician in ancient Greece, he prescribed crushed snails to his patients to help alleviate their skin inflammation. More recently, snail mucin was re-discovered as a skin saviour when Chilean farmers handling snails for exportation to French eateries began noticing that their skin was getting smoother and softer…the gooey goodness miraculously made their minor cuts and injuries es-car-go-away!
For those of you worried about snail safety, fret not – our slimey friends aren’t hurt in order for us to enjoy their magical mucin. Friendly farmers collect the slime left behind by the snails while they’re travelling around the great outdoors.
The sciencey bit:
When snails are agitated, say while passing over a rough or jaggedy terrain, they release a thick fluid to protect themselves. The thick fluid – or slime – acts as a protective barrier, reducing friction between the snail’s body and the ground. As weird as this may sound, you may be surprised to know that even humans do something similar to protect their skin….well, kind of. You see, the oil your skin excretes everyday comprises lipids and sebum which moisturise the skin and help to keep it healthy. See, we’re not so different after all!
Miraculously, snail slime has also been known to speed-up healing of wounds and skin burns. One study published in The Journal of Dermatological Treatment in 2009 evaluated snail extract on 43 patients with burns. 27 people used snail cream and the remaining 16 used a placebo burn ointment. The patients using snail cream experienced a significant improvement compared to the placebo, demonstrating snail slime’s powerful healing properties.
Snail mucin extract is a blend of protein, elastin and glycolic acids – three super-ingredients for the skin! The slime is packed with skin-friendly nutrients such as glycoprotein enzymes, hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans and antimicrobial and copper peptides, which work hand in hand to rejuvenate the skin, making it brighter and softer.
New to the goo?
If you’re a snail slime newbie, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Discover the skin-healing benefits of the magical mucin for yourself by browsing through our range of snail mucin infused products by Mizon – here are some of our favourites:
With an impressive 92% snail secretion filtrate, this cult product is a real all-rounder – promoting cell renewal, replenishing the skin’s moisture levels, fighting the signs of aging and improving overall skintone.
This gentle cleansing foam, containing snail secretion filtrate, removes excess sebum and dead skin while deeply-cleaning pores, leaving your face feeling smooth, supple and prepped for the next steps in your skincare routine.
If you want to be really fancy, you can try the Mizon Black Snail All-In-One Cream, packed with 90% black snail secretion filtrate and a mix of 27 different skin-friendly plant extracts. This cream repairs damaged skin by boosting cell renewal, brightens the complexion and helps improve the appearance of pores as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Black snails are found in Africa, and are known to survive in the harshest environments – making their mucin even more potent.
So ladies, have you ever tried any other exotic ingredients on your face? Tell us all about it!
If you’re trying a snail product (or any skincare product for that matter) for the first time, make sure you test the cream by applying it on a small area of the skin, and checking for any skin reactions or allergies.