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Venture into the world of Korean skincare and you will quickly encountering myriad products touting snail mucin as a key ingredient. Yes, that shimmery oozey stuff secreted by snails…yes, THAT.

American K-Beauty guru “Fiddy Snails” (aka @crazysnaillady of Fifty Shades of Snail) has an informative and fun post on matter of snail mucin -what it does, how it is collected (humanely), and why the K-Beauty industry loves it so very much- over on her blog: see A Very Snaily Megapost…

As “Fiddy Snails” says it

What does that protective goo do, though? The research into snail mucin’s effects as a topical skin treatment isn’t extensive, but as I’ve said before, a lack of research does not demonstrate a lack of effectiveness, and the research that does exist is promising. Snail secretion is humectant, emollient, antimicrobial, antioxidant-rich, and contains collagen, elastin, and cell communication-facilitating glycoproteins, among other skin-friendly components. It may have wound healing abilities and shows promise for the repair of photoaged skin (snail is the star of my post-sun skincare routine) and atrophic acne scarring. At minimum, therefore, snail slime is a lovely natural moisturizer. It may also have long-term anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits. Also, if you prefer your skincare to come from nature with as few intervening stops in the lab as possible before it hits your face, snail mucin fits those criteria very well.

( Overall, the post is simultaneously informative and hilarious – love her. Total girl-crush.)

My own first snail encounter happened sometime last year. I bought a toner from a K-beauty online retailer…and they sent a sample of a Missha BB cream…and then I ordered that Missha BB cream, and that came with a sample of their Super Aqua Cell Renewal Snail Essential Moisturizer… (behold! the marketing power of the complementary k-beauty sample…)

Ariel vs Snails

…and I wrinkled my brow. Because: SNAILS?

So I did finally manage to break the vicious cycle of sample adoption as I did not fall immediately in LOVE-love with the product and I did not feel inclined to purchase a full-sized bottle of snail mucin.  And though it didn’t upset my skin in anyway, I can’t say I’ve felt any passionate urges run out and try every snail product on the market.

But if you are going to insist on exploring Korean skincare products, at some point you’re going to have to ask yourself (paraphrasing Fiddy…):

Am I willing to smear purified snail goo on my face?

Or do I find the idea totally repulsive?

I think I’m still on the fence.

Google Image search: korean skincare snail
Google Image search: korean skincare snail
Snails crawls on the face of a woman for the demonstration of a new beauty treatment at the beauty salon "Ci:z.Labo" in Tokyo on July 13, 2013 as the salon will start the new service from July 15. "Slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturise it," said Manami Takamura (R), a beauty salon employee, as she placed three gastropods on a woman's face.   AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO        (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Snails crawls on the face of a woman for the demonstration of a new beauty treatment at the beauty salon “Ci:z.Labo” in Tokyo on July 13, 2013 as the salon will start the new service from July 15. “Slime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturise it,” said Manami Takamura (R), a beauty salon employee, as she placed three gastropods on a woman’s face. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

But how about you, GMM readers? Are you devoted members of the #snailsquad? Are you all the way Team Snail? Or are you more of a Team Bee Venom…or even Team Donkey Milk? Let us know in the comments!

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Oh my God. I can’t believe I never saw this. Thank you for the shoutout! And by the way…Missha snails are no way to start your snail journey, so I can tooootally see why you’re on the fence. Have you tried any other snailthings since then?

    • Thanks for checking us out, Fiddy, and for your comment. I’m not exactly “qualified” to answer your question, directly, tho… ha ha.

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