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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Snail Mucin, Rice Bran and Pimple Patches explained

South Korea has long been associated with stellar skincare, with the best K-Beauty brands delivering effective, innovative (and perhaps a little quirky) formulas that don’t cost the earth.

In fact, some of these sweet and cheerful brands have proven so impressive that even the A-list have been drawn away from more luxurious alternatives.

One such brand is CosRX: a leading K-Beauty skincare brand that offers thoughtful, no-filler formulas that really deliver on their promises. Not convinced? Just ask Alexa Chung, who has spoken about the brand’s Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask on her YouTube channel.


Ultimate Nourishing Rice Overnight Spa Mask



The gentle, creamy formula contains a high dose of rice extract (at 65 per cent) that hydrates and calms skin without feeling heavy or suffocating. Niacinamide brightens and clarifies, while sunflower seed oil (which is entirely non pore-clogging) soothes and hydrates easily upset skin,

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