Snail Mucin Benefits for the Skin

I’m pretty sure that some of you may be super confused reading the title of the article. Well, you read it absolutely right! Snail mucin it is!

As absurd as it sounds, using excreta of snails on the skin, it is a real thing in the world of beauty. It is one of the most trending ingredients in the skincare industry at present and there is a lot of hype about using this ingredient, going around the internet.


Well, if you want to know what all this hype is about and if you think you should try it out too, then this article has all the information you need to know. Check out all the details below!

What exactly is snail mucin?

Snail mucin is also called snail smile, as it is the slimy substance that is excreted from the snail. But this excretion is known to contain powerful skin care ingredients like zinc, glycolic acid, glycoproteins and hyaluronic acid.

Benefits of using snail mucin on the skin:

  • Snail mucin contains hyaluronic acid that can help keep the skin well-moisturized and can promote hydration to the skin barrier, thereby trapping in moisture in the skin and reduce skin dryness.

  • The glycolic acid in snail mucin helps to stimulate and increase the production of the skin protein collagen that can increase skin lustre and make the skin glow and look radiant and younger over time. It can help increase skin elasticity and reduce signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Snail mucin can contribute to helping improve skin complexion and glow.

  • The zinc in snail mucin can help reduce allergies and any sort of skin irritation as it contains anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Snail mucin also contains glycoproteins, a type of peptide that helps contribute to skin regeneration.

  • It contains a lot of essential nutrients and vitamins that can benefit the skin as they are rich in antioxidants and can prevent and protect the skin from damage.

How to use snail mucin on the skin?

Most often, Dermatologists suggest that using this snail mucin on the skin before you go to bed is the best time, because while we sleep, our body repairs itself and healing can take place successfully.

Here’s how you can use it on your skin:

Step 1: Before you go to bed, wash your face with a mild cleanser and plain water or lukewarm water. Then pat dry it with a towel.

Step 2: Take a pea-sized amount of snail mucin on your palm, rub your hands together and apply it all over your face and neck.

Caution: It is advisable to not use snail mucin near your eyes.

Step 3: Wait a few minutes once you have applied the snail mucin on your skin and thereafter, apply a mild moisturizer all over your face and neck (as you would do usually).

Note: For those who wish to use the snail mucin on your skin in the morning, you can follow the same procedures in step 1 and step 2 and in step 3, you could use a sunscreen instead of a moisturizer.

Caution: While snail mucin is known to work well on all skin types and is not known to have any side-effects, it is still advised to patch test before using.