Snail Slime is K-Beauty’s Secret to a Clear Complexion, and it’s Dermatologist-Approved

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People do lots of strange things in the name of beauty, but slathering snail slime, or snail mucin, on our faces might be one of the strangest. Yes, you heard that right, but don’t call them crazy just yet. Snail mucin has been a trending skincare ingredient in South Korea for the past few years, and it’s been making its way into the U.S. market, too.

Snail facials date as far back at 400 B.C., so while you may know snails as your backyard nuisance, they have serious beautifying powers, too. Snail mucin has serious anti-aging and anti-acne properties, and help make skin super-soft, too. But is putting snail slime on our faces really worth it? To get answers, we tapped four skincare experts to ask them all our slimy questions.

What are the origins of snail skincare?

Before the modern creams, serums, and face masks existed, the

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