I Tried a Face Mask Made of Snail Mucus and It Was F*cking Awesome
Korean beauty products are all the rage right now. They’re sold at places like Urban Outfitters, and the fact that beauty gurus no longer have to slog to Koreatown in Manhattan seems to be driving the surge.
One ingredient that seems to be at the forefront of this surge is snail. It’s not the snails themselves, but instead something called mucin. Mucin is the slimy shit that snails produce, and it’s thought to have scar lightening, anti-inflammatory, skin-regenerating, and anti-wrinkle benefits.
The enzymes in mucin could be likened to glycolic acid, which help to exfoliate your skin and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. This reveals a beautiful and healthy new layer of skin.
Snail mucin sounds beyond bizarre at first, and that’s partially why I decided to try it. But in the end, I really chose it because I was curious about its effects.
Snails are the last thing that come to mind when I think of beauty regiments. But regardless, I love face masks of all sorts and I’m always excited to try out new brands because I truly believe there’s nothing better than a moisturized af face.
The mask I tried was the Brown Rice Snail Essence Mask, and it’s made by the Korean company Reinplatz. Their line of sheet masks have several different variations, but the ones with snails in them come in two different versions: chrysanthemum and brown rice. Their lines are all sourced from one area in South Korea, and are completely natural.
When I took the face-mask out of the package, it literally felt like slimy Jell-O, which kind of made me cringe at first.
I was a little nervous at first about the smell of the mask because I can’t imagine that snails smell good, but it didn’t smell bad at all. In fact, it kind of just smelled really clean.
Although the gel kind of threw me off, I then folded it out and put it onto my face. I could immediately feel my face tightening as the gel dried. It felt similar to when you put retinol on right before bed.
You have to leave the mask on for 20-30 minutes, and it slowly dries. It still wasn’t completely dry when I took it off at 30 minutes, but I didn’t want to leave the snail mucin on my face for longer than the recommended time.
My skin was fucking GLOWING after it. Like seriously, I don’t think I have ever looked so moisturized or smooth. Normally all I see on my face are my acne scars, but they looked less red and less noticeable. My pores were also smaller.
So, conclusion? Please go to this link and treat yo self to a snail mask. For the sake of your glow.