It’s hard to point to an exact place in time when the cosmetic industry decided that snail slime was the magical ingredient we had all been waiting for.
Nevertheless, filtered snail slime has been a popular component in beauty products that promises to repair, brighten and hydrate your skin while helping with anti-aging.
Whether that’s true or not, snail slime has caught on. The Guardian reported in February that the snail farming in Italy has “increased by more than 325% over two decades,” which means now roughly 44,000 tons of snails are produced each year. It didn’t say how much of that actually goes toward cosmetic products, but the demand has never been higher.
I purchased one of the most popular snail-infused Korean beauty products that seemed to be made mostly of snail slime: Mizon All-in-One Snail Skin Repair Cream ($38 at Target). It’s apparently made with 92% snail extract and is good for anti-aging, firming, moisturizing and fine line reduction. I had to get my coworkers (and a special guest! It's Blake E. from Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette, everyone!) to try it.
Overall, the reaction to the cream was positive: It’s soft, creamy, watery and goes over the skin very smoothly. It does sort of thicken and get slightly sticky after the first layer. But it eventually dries to a natural, smooth texture. When I tried it on my under-eye areas off-camera, I felt it instantly moisturize and soften the dark circles under my eyes. I may purchase another one to try for a few months or so.
If you want to try snail slime beauty but thick face creams aren't really for you, there are tons of other options you can try: COSRX’s lightweight Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Tonymoly’s Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Cream, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Fast-Acting Serum, and more.
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