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The Rise of Snail Mucin in Skincare

Snail mucin is a skincare ingredient that has garnered attention for its potential skin-transforming properties. From Korean beauty enthusiasts to global skincare aficionados, the use of snail mucin has sparked curiosity and intrigue. But does this slimy secretion truly deliver on its promises, or is it merely a passing fad? We’ve asked our very own, Dr. Fricke for her take on the popular trend. Read more below!


What is snail mucin?

Dr. Fricke: Snail mucin, also known as snail secretion filtrate, is a thick, gel-like substance produced by snails. It is secreted by snails to protect and repair their skin from cuts, abrasions, and other damage. Snail mucin contains a variety of beneficial compounds such as hyaluronic acid, glycoproteins, proteoglycans, and antimicrobial peptides. These components help to hydrate the skin, promote collagen production, and repair damaged skin cells. In skincare products, snail mucin is often used for its moisturizing, anti-aging, and skin-repairing properties.


What are the benefits of using snail mucin in skincare?

Dr. Fricke: The greatest benefit of using snail mucin in skincare is that it is hydrating and soothing to the skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, which pulls in water and hydrates the skin. Other potential benefits include its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.



How often should you use it? 

Dr. Fricke: It can be used once or twice a day. It is best applied on damp skin to optimize its hydrating abilities.


Are there any snail mucin skincare products you’d recommend?

Dr. Fricke: The most popular product is the COSRX Snail Mucin Essence.


How would you rate using snail mucin in skincare on the glow-up scale: 0-5?

Dr. Fricke: 4. It is a great moisturizer, but I find it as effective as other skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid when it comes to improving skin hydration and texture.


It’s evident that skincare enthusiasts are drawn to snail mucin’s potential benefits and hydratingproperties. However, it’s essential to approach skincare trends with a critical eye and consider individual skin sensitivities and preferences. As dermatologists, our priority is to provide evidence-based recommendations that prioritize skin health and safety. Whether you’re a fan of snail mucin or prefer more traditional skincare ingredients, the key is to find products that work best for your unique skin needs. Book an appointment with our dermatologists to discuss the best way to keep your skin glowing!