BY JESSICA REDWINE
Asian skincare is a growing trend around the world. Online companies as well as brick and mortar stores continue to pop-up, selling Korean, Japanese, and Taiwanese products globally. What makes Asian skincare special? A focus on hard-hitting ingredients and a customizable approach to skin. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for your skin, and Korean skincare especially uses a number of single, powerful solutions rather than one mediocre one.
In our previous post on Korean Beauty, we discussed Vitamin C, the wonderful brightener that can help even your skin tone and reduce the appearance of scars and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. This month, we’re talking about snail filtrate!
Yes, snails. The slippery, slimy creatures you find in your garden or (in certain restaurants) on your plate. But wait, before you run away screaming, let’s discuss the power of snail slime.
1. Snail filtrate is packed with skincare heavy hitters like hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans, and peptides that are well researched for being popular skincare additives. These occur naturally and are normally used to keep the snail safe from UV radiation and dryness. When applied to human skin, it does much the same thing for us as it does for the snails.
2. Snail filtrate is gathered from common garden snails, which are a pest in most countries. Some unscrupulous manufacturers put the snails on an electrified grate to extract the slime, but as awareness of these practices are growing, more humane treatments are arising. The added bonus is that humanely extracted snail slime is produced in great quantities, is purer, and doesn’t hurt the snail in the slightest.
3. Snail slime is concentrated after extraction, as in its pure form it is around 90% water. Some brands, like CosRX, pride themselves on products that are 96% snail filtrate, which leads to better results on your skin.
4. Snail mucin is also known for its healing properties. For snails, this helps them recover from scratches they receive from crawling around on the ground all day. For humans, snail products help with cellular regeneration, which can help the skin recover from sunburns, scratches, or blemishes.
5. While snail cosmetics are increasingly popular and are very safe, don’t think that you can just stick a common snail from your yard on your face. The snails mucin in a jar on your bathroom counter is purified, treated, and combined with other ingredients to make them safe to use.
6. Snail products are all the rage in many parts of Asia right now, and you can even find it popping in American-made cosmetics as well. It’s a growing trend that doesn’t show any signs of stopping, and with good reason. Snail slime is a great, all purpose skincare ingredient that works for almost every skin type and concern for overall skin health.
Here are some products we recommend if you’re ready to take the plunge into the slimy side of skincare.