Snail Mucin: Korean Skincare Ingredient Spotlight
What is snail mucin?
Byrdie explains it perfectly, “Simply put, it’s the excretion from a snail, which is why it’s also known and appears on ingredient labels as snail secretion filtrate, or SSF. Snail mucin is naturally created and used by snails as a way for them to protect themselves, says Desai-Solomon. “It’s a trusted ingredient in the K-beauty world and has become a popular one because it can offer noticeable results,” she adds. Worth noting: This isn’t an excretion that comes out whenever the snail moves, but rather a substance that's excreted when the snail is under stress, points out Lain (more on the importance of that in a minute).” I know it sounds a little icky but snail mucin is a game-changer in the Korean skincare industry.
What are the skincare benefits of snail mucin?
Snail mucin is also known as snail mucus filtrate. Snail filtrate contains hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, proteoglycans, antimicrobial, and copper peptides. All of which fight against premature aging. These nutrients help protect a snail's skin from damage, infection, dryness, and UV rays; and they do the same for human skin, too. Snail mucus is used to hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. Snail mucus quickly absorbs into dry skin and helps to tighten and moisturize simultaneously. Lastly, it also helps soothe acne and reduce hyper-pigmentation.
How is snail mucin harvested?
In the past, snail mucin harvesting was quite cruel. The snails were subject to salt and/or vinegar baths to force snail secretion. Thankfully, these methods have changed in favor of the snails. Modern methods are cruelty-free. Research shows that the quality of the mucin is actually dependent on the snail’s diet and environmental conditions. According to Style Story, “In Italy, for example, snail mucin is extracted by immersing the snails in a special steam bath that acts like a spa for snails. The snails are not harmed in this process. In other farms, the snails are simply placed in an environment where they can move over a bumpy surface because this causes them to make slime as they do naturally. The mucin is then harvested this way.”
Can you use snail mucin every day?
Yes, it is safe to use daily, even twice a day.
Can snail filtrate be used in combination with skincare acids?
Yes, snail mucin filtrate is gentle enough to be combined with skincare acids. It is such a moisturizing ingredient so it can help hydrate your skin after applying drying skincare acids.
How can I incorporate snail mucin filtrate into my skincare routine?
- For extra hydration, apply an emulsion after cleansing. Emulsions lock in moisture and seal hydration. Emulsion before moisturizer will give you the perfect glow while refreshing the skin. The Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Emulsion is a very light, nourishing face emulsion made with snail secretion filtrate. This emulsion restores vitality and luster to the outer layer of the skin. The snail mucus filtrate softens and smooths rough skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars.
- The skin under the eyes is very delicate. This area of your face is likely the first to age. A nightly eye cream can help strengthen and hydrate this skin to prevent signs of aging. The DewyTree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Eye Cream is a wrinkle-reducing eye cream. This eye cream is formulated with snail secretion filtrate and silk amino acid which keeps nutrition in the skin. Keeping the nutrition in the skin aids in the prevention of premature aging. The snail mucus filtrate cream quickly absorbs into dry skin and helps to tighten and moisturize the delicate area around the eye.
- The Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream is a very rich cream, perfect for the colder months. But if you suffer from dry skin, this can be a year-round night cream. This is an ultra-moisturizing cream. This cream moisturizes and rejuvenates skin for a healthier complexion.
- Washing and sanitizing your hands frequently is very important right now. The Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Hand Cream will ensure your hands stay soft and moisturized. With snail filtrate, honey, and shea butter, this soothing hand cream will leave your hands feeling hydrated and moisturized. After washing or sanitizing your hands, apply a dime-sized amount to the palms and massage thoroughly.