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Why TikTok is Obsessed With Snail Mucin

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Photo Artwork: Joy Adaeze

If you’ve been on the beauty side of TikTok lately, you’ve more than likely come across videos of creators- male and female touting the benefits of snail mucin by one brand in particular, Cosrx. When we first heard about this new skin care product that was said to deeply moisturize skin and fight signs of aging, we were intrigued and what we found blew our minds. Let’s get into it.

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What Is Snail Mucin?

After researching we found that snail mucin has been popular in South Korea, which came as no surprise since Koreans have been the most forward thinking and innovative in the beauty world. So the big questions here is: what is snail mucin? Snail mucin is a complex mix of proteins, enzymes, hyaluronic acid, copper peptides, antimicrobial peptides, iron, zinc and proteoglycans than comes from snail slime.

If your first reaction was to be grossed out, don’t be. Snail mucin is a natural ocurrance of snails basically just, moving around. And the result of that snail mucin, is literally liquid gold for the skin. Snail mucin skin benefits are said to have been discovered when workers in a snail farm in Chile in the 80s noticed their hands were unusually soft. They credited the snails with the positive effects in their skin.

Although snail mucin is relatively new to the skin care market, it is estimated to grow to $770 million by 2025. Now that we’ve discussed where snail mucin comes from, lets get into the amazing benefits that have TikTok in a frenzy.

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Snail Mucin Benefits

Snail mucin contains hydrating properties that strengthen the skin barrier and keep moisture in. It also promotes collagen and may offset the signs of aging due to the glycolic acid naturally found in the mucin. Glycolic acid stimulates collagen formation which not only reduces fine lines and wrinkles but also gives your skin a youthful, beautiful glow.

Snail mucin comes in the forms of a serum, essence and cream. Cosrx, the brand that Tiktok has been going crazy for, currently has 5 star ratings on their Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which retails for $25. Customers both young and old are saying how much this product has changed their skin and can’t wait to repurchase.

Would you try snail mucin? Let us know in the comments below!

Joy Adaeze

Joy Adaeze is a Nigerian-American Beauty and Style Editor, Content Creator, and Social Media Manager based in NYC. Her writing credits include ESSENCE, Huffington Post, Hello Beautiful, PopSugar, NY Mag’s The Cut as well as her personal style blog: www.JoyLovesFashion.com, which she created in 2009. You can find her on IG and TikTok: @joy_adaeze.

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