Snail mucin in skin care is currently trending, thanks to Tik Tok, and its inclusion in skin care products is growing. However, the slimy snail ingredient has historical origins, and its use to topically treat skin disorders and heal wounds dates to ancient times. An article from Mind Body Green detailed the benefits of snail mucin and its typical use.
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Snail mucin is the gel-like liquid secreted from a snail. Not all snails create the same mucin and different kinds of mucin carry different skin benefits. Most skin care products containing snail secretions are from the Helix aspersa snail, whose secretions contain hyaluronic acid and allantoin, ingredients that offer significant hydrating benefits, according to Rebecca Marcus, M.D., founder of Maei MD.
For aging concerns or to repair injured or otherwise compromised skin, snail mucin derived from the Cryptomphalus aspersa snail is the preferred choice for its growth factors and antioxidants in addition to hyaluronic acid. It is also effective in treating breakouts and scarring due to its regenerative properties and tissue restoration potential, according to Marcus.
The research on snail mucin is limited, but evidence from ancient medicinal cultures and anecdotal claims suggests that the slimy snail secretion has healing properties that are beneficial in skin care.