Snail mucin is a trending ingredient in Asian skincare.
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Benefits of using snail mucin:
- Contains bioactive compounds: snail mucin has many bioactive compounds such as growth factors, peptides, glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, and antioxidants. These compounds can help with extracellular matrix formation, cellular proliferation, and skin rejuvenation. It can act as a humectant and improve skin barrier function.
- Antioxidants: It contains superoxide dismutase and glutathione 5 transferase which help to scavenge free radicals and reduce UVA-induced damage.
- Anti-aging and wound healing: It helps to decrease matrix metalloproteinases. It increases fibroblast and collagen production. It enhances extracellular matrix proliferation. This means that it can improve fine lines and wrinkles.
- Anti-melanogenic: studies show that snail secretions can decrease tyrosinase activity in melanoma cells. This means that it can decrease pigmentation in the skin.
- Anti-microbial: snail secretions have shown to inhibit the growth of microorganisms.
Who all can use Snail mucin?
Snail mucin is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin and skin of colour. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-androgen, and anti-melanogenic properties making it suitable for all skin types.
How to add Snail mucin to your skincare routine?
There are serums, toners, and moisturizers with snail mucin. They can also be used as a compliment to sunscreen to protect against UV-induced photodamage. This ingredient can be used both in the morning and at night.
Morning and night routine:
- Use a gentle cleanser.
- Toner (if snail mucin is present)
- You can use a serum containing snail mucin.
- You can use a moisturizer containing snail mucin.
What other ingredients can I combine Snail mucin with?
- Hyaluronic acid
- Retinol and retinoids
- Vitamin C.
- Azelaic acid
- Vitamin E
- Other skincare actives.
Frequently Answered Questions:
Is snail mucin halal?
Yes, snail mucin is halal and is safe to use on skin for Muslims.
Is snail mucin cruelty-free and vegan-free?
Yes, snail mucin is cruelty-free mainly because of the way their mucin is collected. Since snail mucin is collected from snails, it is not vegan-free.
How is snail mucin collected?
Korean skincare brands such as Cosrx collect their snail mucin by placing the snails over a mesh net in a dark and quiet room. Snails prefers this environment. For about 30 minutes, the snails are left to freely roam around in the room leaving their mucin trail behind.
Throughout this process, there is no external pressure applied to the animals, this is mainly because animal testing is illegal in Korea and for optimal mucin production, the snails should be well-rested and comfortable in their environment. So these companies will make sure to keep their snail healthy and comfortable.
After 30 minutes, the snails are taken to their homes to rest and regain energy while the mucin is used for cosmetic use.
Is snail mucin safe to use for pregnancy?
Yes, snail mucin is safe to use for pregnancy, but make sure to consult a dermatologist about it.
Is snail mucin occlusive?
No, snail mucin is a humectant and an emollient. It can help in skin hydration, improve skin barrier function, and make the skin smooth and soft. It also doesn’t clog pores.
Does snail mucin cause purging?
No, snail mucin cannot cause purging. The likely culprit might be the other ingredients that are present with snail mucin. A purge should last for a maximum of 4-6 weeks.
Can snail mucin cause breakouts?
No. snail mucin alone cannot cause breakouts. The reason you keep getting breakouts might be because of other ingredients that are present in that product along with snail mucin.
Can snail mucin treat fungal acne?
Snail mucin may help to treat fungal acne because it has anti-microbial properties that help to inhibit microorganisms.
Can Snail mucin cause milia?
No, snail mucin cannot cause milia because it is lightweight and can absorb quickly into the skin. It can act as a moisturizer. One common way you can get milia is in the way you remove your eye makeup. Constant rubbing and scrubbing around the eye area can cause milia.
Does Snail mucin have glycolic acid?
No, snail mucin does not have glycolic acid, it has hyaluronic acid which can moisturize the skin.
Does Snail mucin exfoliate?
Yes, snail mucin can exfoliate the skin because it contains Allantoin, a gentle exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells.
Can I use Snail mucin with adapalene?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with adapalene and is completely safe. You can use snail mucin in the morning and adapalene at night.
Can I use snail mucin with alpha arbutin?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with alpha arbutin and is completely safe. You can use alpha arbutin in the morning and snail mucin at night or use them both at the same time (if it does not irritate your skin).
Can I use snail mucin with azelaic acid?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with azelaic acid and is completely safe. You can use azelaic acid in the morning and snail mucin at night or use them both at the same time (if it does not irritate your skin).
Can I use snail mucin with tranexamic acid?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with tranexamic acid and is completely safe. You can use tranexamic acid in the morning and snail mucin at night or use them both at the same time (if it does not irritate your skin).
Can I use snail mucin with tretinoin?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with tretinoin, and is completely safe. You can use a cleanser, apply snail mucin, wait for 20-30 mins for everything to absorb, and then use tretinoin finishing it off with a moisturizer.
Can I use snail mucin with clindamycin?
Yes, you can use snail mucin with clindamycin and is completely safe. You can use snail mucin before applying clindamycin and then finish it off with a moisturizer.