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Over the years, there have been a number of skincare ingredients that could be described as "controversial", but if there's one that really stands out, it's snail mucin. Also known as snail slime, this ingredient is one of those ingredients that has really taken the skin care world by storm. It may sound questionable and some may even feel uncomfortable at the thought of slathering their face with snail slime, but if you can see past that, it's an incredibly effective ingredient that delivers great results.

So there remains the question of what snail mucin actually is. Simplified, it is secretion from snails, which is also known and can appear on the ingredient list as SSF or snail secretion filtrate. Snail mucin is something that is produced naturally and is used by snails as a way to protect themselves and heal themselves should they get wounded. Snail mucin naturally contains hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid and glycoproteins, all of which have well-documented benefits for the skin. Again, we have Korean skincare to thank for discovering this wonderful ingredient and starting to use it in skincare products.

If you're considering including products with snail mucin in your own skin care routine, we have some suggestions for you. In our online store you will find products from three different K-Beauty brands. The brands iUnik , COSRX and Some By Mi are some of the most prominent in the K-Beauty world, and we are happy to offer their snail mucin product lines in our online store.

Now that you know what snail mucin is and that it is found in a variety of high quality products, we can tell you what snail mucin actually does. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid in mucin, it has moisturizing properties that support the skin's barrier and help preserve moisture deep in the skin. Glycolic acid helps stimulate the production of collagen, which not only reduces fine lines and wrinkles but also gives you a youthful glow. Snail mucin also contains zinc, which has an anti-inflammatory effect, and allantoin, which soothes irritated skin. So in summary, you can expect your skin to feel smoother, better hydrated and radiant when you regularly use snail mucin.