Ah, there’s almost nothing women won’t do in the name of beauty. Vampire facials, fish pedicures, bird poop facials, placenta facials, no matter how bizarre they sound – they’ve been tried. So as another beauty trend emerges, don’t be surprised.
Yes, you read that right. People are using snail mucus as a skin toner and wrinkle reverse treatment. The practice actually goes back to ancient Greece where it was used as a topical treatment to reduce inflammation. Fast forward to now, the Korean market picked up the trend and now it can be found in the U.S. at a store near you.
So, how does it work?
Well, in nature the mucin acts as a defensive layer to protect snails’ feet from its environment. It protects it from rough surfaces, UV rays and bacteria. It is believed that the hyaluronic acid and peptides in the snail mucin can be used to stimulate the production of elastin and collagen in humans. Experts also believe that it could improve fine lines after a while.
According to Jessica Jeong from MISSHA, regular use will “…fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation, moisturize and firm skin, clear complexions and minimize pores.”
But according to dermatologist, Dr. Neal Shultz for the amount of time it takes to show results (8 weeks) you might as well use Rein-A or glycolic acid instead.
In case you’re curious, it is believed that the snails from certain regions of Africa, and Korea’s Green are the best variety of snail to use.
Beauty products with this ingredient can be ordered from anywhere online such as the Snail Hydro Gel mask by MISSHA.
Have you ever used snail mucin as a facial? Would you ever use it? Share in the comment box below!