Unless you’re a beauty fanatic, skincare is the last thing that comes to mind when someone mentions snails. After all, the tiny creatures are best known for their slimy trails and spiral shells rather than their anti-aging benefits. But for those in the know, mollusks are the key to unlocking a hydrated, glowing complexion.
Here’s why: Snails constantly release mucin throughout the day. While scientists originally thought the excretion helped snails move, its primary purpose is actually to keep their bodies hydrated, protect against rough or sharp surfaces, and heal their body after injury. As a result, the mucin is naturally packed with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and peptides, which you might also recognize as super popular skincare ingredients.
In fact, snail facials are even common in places like Japan or Thailand, where technicians place them directly onto skin. Luckily, there’s an easier way to get your dosage of snail mucin that doesn’t require a slimy critter crawling on your face: Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All-in-One Cream, $14 (was $21), amazon.com.
Already a favorite of Redditors and Amazon shoppers alike, the hydrating pick boasts a 92% concentration of snail mucin. It lends the cream a gel-like texture that quickly absorbs into the skin and creates a barrier to lock in moisture. There’s also an additional dosage of hyaluronic acid added to the formula, which ensures the daily treatment deeply hydrates skin without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Lightweight enough to apply under makeup but still heavy-duty enough to keep skin moisturized in dry winter weather, the affordable cream is safe for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone. And although some shoppers complain about the slimy texture, they say it’s worth it for the glowing complexion after application.
In fact, the cream already has hundreds of perfect reviews from shoppers that rave it’s helped with everything from acne scarring to hyperpigmentation. And if that’s not enough, some shoppers even reported a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles—and their claims aren’t baseless. Participants in a small 2013 study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology saw a significant improvement in fine lines after 8 weeks of regularly applying snail mucus.
Not that you need mature skin to benefit from the cream. Reviewers of all ages called it their “holy grail” or the product they simply “couldn't live without.” In fact, one shopper wrote they’ve tried all types of lotions, potions, and expensive treatments to get the same results provided by this budget-friendly cream, while another says they've simply never seen their skin look this good ever.
And if you’re not totally weirded out by snail cream—or simply know the benefits outweigh the ick factor—there’s even better news. The Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All-in-One Cream is currently 33% off Amazon. That means you can score a jar of the incredibly popular cream for just $14 and leave the snails in the garden where they belong.
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