COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review

Monday, December 13, 2021

Have you heard of snail mucin before?

Snail mucin isn't something that most people think about. Some might even feel repulsion when they hear about snails and their secretion. Well, who would've thought that that mucous secretion has so many benefits for our skin? I'm sure that you already heard about a lot of skincare products that contain snail mucin. Today I will share with you everything you need to know about snail mucin and one of the best Korean skincare products out there.

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History of snails and beauty

The history of people and mucins goes back as far as Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages. At that time, snail house powder was used to prepare a remedy for digestive problems. The ancient Romans reportedly allowed snails to move freely on their faces because they noticed that the skin was smoother and wrinkles less noticeable after this "treatment". All this is due to the content of glycolic and hyaluronic acid found in snail mucus. Snail mucin and filtrate of this secretion became popular again during the 1980s. Let’s remember that the French love snails in cooking and the story takes us to a snail farm in Chile.

A group of workers who worked directly with snails noticed that their hands were incredibly soft and well-groomed after coming into contact with mucin - although their hands were often injured during work, in cuts as they moved metal snail cages. Their injuries on their hands healed without scars, and then research was done to make mucin safe as an ingredient for use on facial skin. That led to the creation of the first snail slime cream called Elicina from Chile in 1995. It has an anti-aging effect that prevents fine lines and wrinkles and serves to soften the appearance of existing ones.

After that, an Italian company spent the next 9 years making a machine for extracting mucin - until its production, obtaining mucin led to the death of snails. I am glad to hear that someone wanted to get to the raw material humanely. But the real expansion of snail slime in the beauty industry came about when mucin began to be used in Korean preparations, and now the whole world can use its benefits.

What is snail mucin?

Snail mucin is a protein found in snails. In the case of preparation, snail mucin or snail mucus is a secretion derived from an ordinary garden snail. When he moves, when he is injured, when he is joyful or upset, he secretes secretion. He's a happy snail, and he's a productive snail, according to the company whose goods contain this substance that I'm evaluating today. Because the quality of mucin is affected by the environment, the quality of snail breeding is an important aspect.

Snail mucus also contains glycoproteins, hyaluronic acid, and glycolic acid, all of which have a beneficial effect on the skin. The most important component of mucin, however, is Chondroitin sulfate, a chemical that is not only healthy for the skin but has also been proved to help with inflammation, chronic fatigue, and liver and kidney illness.

Benefits of snail mucin

Snail mucus is great for the skin. It helps regenerate the skin and stimulates dermal fibroblasts. It is so powerful that scientists have successfully used it to make substitutes for human tissue. Elements with snail mucus filtrate were used as anesthesia. Peptides from the venom of sea snails have been used to make the anesthetic drug Zinicotide, which has been available on the market since the 1990s.

Snail mucus is almost as effective as clinical drugs in terms of how much it accelerates the healing of the skin and in terms of antibacterial action. Mucin is even credited with the ability to balance blood sugar. In China, in 2007 and 2011, they patented the use of snail slime in cosmetics for regeneration. In Korea, in 2012 and 2015, scientists patented the use of snail slime for anti-aging purposes. In 2014, snail mucus was patented in the United States as a treatment for rosacea.

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

When I read that this essence is perhaps the slimiest of all products with snail slime, I thought it would be something uncomfortable and sticky on the face. This essence is intended for all skin types and is used after cleansing the skin, to hydrate, soothe and soften the skin. Apply with gentle tapping movements and continue applying the cream/serum/oil you normally use.

This is almost pure snail mucus because it contains an incredible 96% mucin - the remaining 4% is very simple and non-irritating stabilizers. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better the product. And while many essences contain some additives or active ingredients that are potential irritants, COSRX essence is perfect for sensitive skin.

It is simple and does exactly what it needs, it provides the skin with hydration rich in nutrients. This essence is a transparent, thick, slippery, and at a first sticky formulation that is incredibly quickly absorbed into the skin.

At first, it seems quite thick, but in a few seconds the skin literally "drinks" it. The difference before and after use happens before your eyes, as when you apply a rich lotion to the grayish skin of the lower legs. The skin gets colored, is incredibly but really incredibly soft, very smooth, gets shine, and is fantastically hydrated. If you want to experience mucin there is no cleaner product than this.

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