Hear us out – applying snail mucin to your skin might not sound super-pleasing (more like a dare from the movie Nerve), but this buzzy ingredient is actually a blemish-blasting, moisturizing powerhouse that K-beauty enthusiasts swear by for achieving a dewy, radiant complexion.
And if the recent ‘SkinTok’ wave and countless compelling IG reviews are anything to go by, this skincare staple is definitely one of the most essential, must-have ingredients to add to your skincare routine.
Want to join the movement? Below are some of TikTok’s (and IG’s) most-approved and favorite snail showstoppers.
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, $25
If you’re looking for a serum that’ll give you bags of hydration, COSRX Power Essence is it. Packed with highly concentrated mucin extract, the essence melts into the skin, leaving no tackiness or dryness behind. Instead, your complexion is left plumped, supple, and bouncy.
Tip: It might take a while for the ultra-hydrating snail formula to sink into your skin, but once it does, you can expect a nice glow for the rest of the day.
MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, $40
This fine lines-blasting cream is just as effective as traditional creams – trust. It contains snail excretion extract that revitalizes and repairs the skin, baobab tree extract to fight inflammation, and deep-sea water to stimulate circulation and improve moisture retention. Plus, it works wonders on acne-prone skin and brings back the glow to dull skin.
Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40, $136
No joke: This snail serum from Biopelle walks the talk and is just as luscious as its lavish price tag. The magic? A potent growth factor that works to improve the appearance of lackluster skin in as little as 24 hours – yes, you read that right—24-freaking hours only.
And that’s not all.
The award-winning intensive serum also uses natural extracts that reduce visible signs of photodamage, shorten healing time, and brighten dark spots and melasma.
Peach Slice Snail Rescue Intensive Serum, $18
If you want a cost-friendly, concentrated dose of snail mucin that absorbs in seconds, this serum is your best option. Its premium-quality, pure, 95% snail mucin concentrate combined with cica and pine bark works hard to deliver dramatic, visible results, while the clear, cushiony, ultra-hydrating formula plumps it up with moisture.
Also, the serum is perfect for all skin types (yes, even sensitive, breakout-prone types), mixes seamlessly with actives, and comes in a unique, recyclable squeeze bottle that allows you to control the exact amount of serum you need.
BENTON Snail Bee Ultimate Serum, $20
If there’s ever an ingredient power couple, this serum is where it’s at. Packed with powerhouse mucin and bee venom, the product tackles every concern your skin throws at it. The snail secretion filtrate helps repair skin, tackle acne scars, and manage hyperpigmentation.
Bee venom, on the other hand, uses its soothing and antibacterial properties to calm the skin and target stubborn breakouts. Is this the best skincare couple or what? Adds to cart ASAP.
Luminositie Snail Extract Essence Renewal Cream, $16.80
This product is a power player, full stop. It contains good-for-your-skin ingredients (antioxidants, natural acids, proteins, and mucin extract) that seamlessly cover up dark spots and blemishes, brighten your complexion, and protect you from UV radiation and environmental stressors while feeling weightless.
Many TikTokers have also praised it for its skin-firming and wrinkles-blasting properties, which leave you with an always-so-radiant complexion.