You already know that I’m obsessed AF with sheep oil, but I want to tell you about another weird ingredient I’ve been dutifully putting on my face: snail slime. The goopy stuff (technically snail mucin) is jam-packed with nutrients that work wonders for your skin. From banishing blemishes to providing next-level nourishment — this ingredient does it all. While the world of Korean beauty has countless snail-infused products to offer, one in particular has made a hugely noticeable difference in my skin. I swear by it.
I use Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream ($38) twice a day, every single day, no matter what. The overall consistency is closer to a gel than a cream so it glides onto your skin and leaves your face feeling smooth and appearing brighter and plumper, thanks to a high concentration of snail extract. “Snail mucin contains elastin, proteins, antimicrobials, copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid,” Dendy Engelman, a dermatologist at Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, explains. “This is what snails produce to heal cuts on their soft bodies from rocks and other rough surfaces.” Makes sense. Here are three reasons why snail cream has earned a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.
It keeps your skin super clean. Since snail enzyme is naturally antibacterial, I’ve noticed that my problem areas (AKA anything below my nose) are no longer problems.
Blemishes are kept in check. I can always count on breakouts during my time of the month, but my complexion is much more consistent and predictable (two things I could never say before) with the addition of this product into my regimen.
It evens out your skintone. I am super pale, so even the tiniest breakout will leave a mark that will linger for months. I’ve never found a formula that erases the scars and dark spots as effectively as this one. “Snail mucin firms and restores skin by replenishing moisture and supporting cell regeneration,” Dr. Engelman says. The difference is so noticeable that I rarely wear makeup on the weekends now, which is a major win.
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