Snail mucin - or that icky gross juice that snails excrete when they climb over rocks and branches - actually has magical skin-healing properties that can give you a glow like nothing else. While the popularization of snail in skincare is commonly attributed to developments in Korean beauty, the discovery actually comes from the Chilean snail farming industry, when in the 1980s they discovered that their workers, whose arms and hands got easily cut while handling the sharp metal cages for the snails, experienced quick and no-scar healing when they applied snail slime to their injuries.
The magic chemical properties of snail slime come from its particular composition of glycosaminoglycans and peptides. Snail secretion filtrate is naturally rich in glycosaminoglycans. Glycosaminoglycans are so magical because they can bind nearly 1000 times their weight in water (hyaluronic acid is one of these naturally occurring glycosaminoglycans in your dermis). This moisture buffer is necessary to protect the parts of the cell that contribute to collagen and elastin, which are necessary for elastic, bouncy, smooth, ‘chok-chok’ skin. So, more glycosaminoglycans, more chok-chok skin.
Want to read more about the science behind why snail mucin helps your skin so much? Read my blog post on snail mucin, in which I summarize for you hours of research I’ve conducted on peer reviewed, scientific publications and patents in what I hope is in plain English.
The Sabbatical Beauty Snail Serum is 92% snail mucin, and is fragranced like fresh rain (because snails come out in the rain!) Our snail mucin comes from small family farms in France, where snails are not harmed in the extraction of their mucin.
Travel Size 5ml: $22 | Full Size 1 oz $75
Helps irritated skin
Instructions: Apply on a cleansed face. Follow with moisturizer.
Ingredients:Snail Secretion Extract, Lactobacillus & Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract), (Water & Caprylyl Glycol & Hexylene Glycol & Wasabia japonica (Wasabi) Root Extract & Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Root Extract & Allium sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract), Fragrance, (Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol.)
Terrific stuff for smoothing out rough patches and making scars just a little less noticeable. Subtle yet powerful. I find the fragrance a bit stronger than some SB products, though it's pleasant and perhaps preferable to how actual snail mucus smells (?)
This serum is amazing for healing my acne or any other blemishes almost overnight. This is part of my daily routine, and I know it has contributed to my acne clearing up (for the first time in about 5 years). I LOVE the texture and it smells so good too!
I get a lot of cystic acne and it always scars no matter what. I can't say this has totally gotten rid of the scarring but it definitely helps so much! The scarring isnt as dark and I do feel like it heals quicker. Of course I also pick at it a lot but really do think this makes a difference!
Snail has honestly been a life saver for my acne. I use this at night when I develop acne and wake up to the pimples being smaller. It's kind of thick for my oily skin, but I've grown to absolutely love the scent and the texture! It's also not as thick as other SB products I've tried, so this is a winner!!
I have been using Snail serum on my surgical scars from ORIF ankle surgery in January (once the scars completely healed, of course), and it is amazing how fast and how well it diminishes the appearance of the scars! It lightens them and makes them less noticeable! I've been using it regularly since May, but even from one week to the next, I notice a difference. these are huge 8-inch scars, on either side of my leg, and even my surgeon remarked on how good they looked at my 6-month checkup last week! Yay Snail Serum! There's a reason it's my favorite product!