Snail mucin, or snail secretion filtrate (SSF), is probably one of the most well-known Korean skincare ingredients, and using ‘snail slime’ in skincare is no longer a novel idea. In fact, it’s so widely used nowadays that you’ll find it in everything from serums and essences, to moisturisers and sheet masks.
Snail secretion filtrate is the mucous that snails produce when they move. When it’s harvested as a skincare ingredient, snails aren’t killed or harmed in the process, so many products containing snail mucin are still considered to be cruelty-free.
In K-Beauty, snail mucin is a trusted ingredient that’s well-regarded by skincare experts and consumers alike. It moisturises skin and promotes collagen production; it also promotes skin healing and cell regeneration. Snail mucin is full of skin-loving nutrients too, including zinc (an anti-inflammatory) and vitamins A and E, which are antioxidants.
‘Snail creams’ are some of the most popular K-Beauty products, because they’re designed to strengthen the skin’s barrier, lock in moisture and soothe dry or irritated skin.