Okay…Hear Me Out! I’ve Been Using Snail Slime On My Face…And I LOVE It.

Photo By Thandiwe-Kesi Robins

And it turns out I’m not the only one. Over the years, there has been a slew of articles written online about Snail Mucin, from TeenVogue to WebMD, from those who know the science and from those who are just downright skincare lovers. 

Typically, when we think of the slime the snail leaves behind, our first reaction is either “ew” or some form of intrigue. When I told my brother that I was putting slime from a snail on my face, his first reaction was just that, “ew”. But I promise it’s not as gross as it seems. The snail mucin often found in skincare products actually isn’t the slime snails leave behind; it’s the slime they excrete while under stress. This is important because that means it’s composed of ingredients that are needed to protect a snail from injury or repair an injury that a snail endured. Those same ingredients have the ability to moisturize the skin, combat irritation, and boost the production of collagen, among other things. 

So, today, I’m sharing a snail mucin product that has been in my rotation for at least 2 years now. The COSRX: Advanced Snail 95 Mucin Power Essence. 

But first, Welcome!! If you’re new here, my name is Thandi, and I’m one of the co-founders of Skinterest. And at Skinterest, we are all in when it comes to our skin. So much so, that we’ve developed an app to support your skin health journey with the power of technology. Be sure to sign up and pre-order our app to get exclusive access to blogs, products, discounts and much more.

COSRX: Advanced Snail 95 Mucin Power Essence ($8.50- $25)

COSRX describes this product as a “light-weight essence which is absorbed into the skin fast and gives the skin a natural glow from inside”. When I first bought this product, I was looking for something hydrating (not a surprise here, if you’ve been following my blog posts)! And after doing my research, I saw that this product had great reviews, was a K-Beauty Brand, and I was on trend for once. Before the COSRX I never tried an essence before, so, I thought lets give this a shot since an essence can provide an extra layer of hydration, help the skin to absorb other products into the skin, thus really improving the performance of all the products you’re using on your skin. So, how do I use this product? It goes on right before my serums or moisturizers while my face is still damp from rinsing off my cleanser. The downside of this product is that it’s actually pretty slimy. In my opinion, this helps it to really glide across your face. BUT if you’re not into anything slimy – then this product may not be for you.

Ingredients: Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol.

Would I purchase it again?

Yes! This product is fully incorporated into my skincare routine, and it isn’t super expensive. So, while depending on my mood, I may skip other products, this is the one that is ALWAYS in rotation. 

Thanks for reading! Talk to you soon.

XOXO, Thandi

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