Snail slime (also known as snail mucin or filtrate) is one of my favorite ingredients in skincare products. After a trip to Seoul, South Korea, I was inundated with skin-softening products that advertised this peculiar ingredient. So I decided to take a deeper dive to understand what science–if any–backs the use of snail slime, captured in this easy-to-read infographic, below. (A free PDF version for download is also available at the bottom of the page for easy printing.)
1. A Short History lesson
Snail slime has been used as far back as ancient Greece for helping ailments inside the body, like indigestion or cough,As well as outside that, More recently,South american farmers shipping out snails to France for escargot dishes noticed their hands were smoother from handling the critters.Shortly After an industry was born.
Today,South Korea has paved the way for snail mucus products,Which have since taken hold in the US and Europe.Some places in Thailand,Asia and Europe even offer live snail facials,Where critters make their way across customers skin.
2. The Science Behind Snail Slime
Snail mucus has many functions.It acts as a lubricant to coat and protect the snails’s soft body,As well as an adhesive to help a snail to climb up your favorite flower pot.The mucus is made up of many compounds tied to benefits in skincare:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Glycol acids
3. Buying Snail Products
4. Pros vs. Cons Of Snail Products
1. A huge body of anecdotal evidence shows benefits to snail filtrate on the skin.
2. Snail slime contains ingredients thought to prompt in the development of collagen and elastin in skin to reduce signs of aging.
3. High quality products, Particularly from Korean brands, are affordable to try.
1. There are no extensive,peer-reviewed or conclusive studies showing benefits to snail slime on the skin.
2. Using snail directly on your face could result in bacterial infections.Do not try a do-it-yourself snail mask!
3. Many companies overcharge for snail filtrate.It is not an expensive product so shouldn’t break the bank.