Cover Your Face In Snail Slime


The thing about agreeing to test products with snail mucin in them is that you become hyper aware of how gooey face creams tend to be. You may find yourself asking questions like Are all my face products this…slimy? Or is it because of, y’know, all the mucin? 

What even is mucin? 

Good question. Basically it’s snail guts. So yeah. But! Those snail guts (maybe I should call them enzymes instead?) have magical properties that manage to fade acne scars, smooth skin, clear complexion, and revitalize skin, essentially promising the super natural glow we’ve come to expect from any product that comes out of Korea. And thanks to Urban Outfitters’ recent beauty department overhaul, there’s plenty of easily accessed slug ooze to go around in these parts, too.

Tonymoly Prestige Snail Lip Treatment Balm: By the time you read this, I have been to Urban Outfitters and back and returned with as many of these as I can find. The lip balm has a thick consistency without being gloppy, that lasted me about four hours without any need of reapplication. The result: noticeably hydrated lips that smelled just as nice as they looked—like citrus and jasmine.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum: I tend to stay away from serums—they feel too heavy on my skin, a feeling I figured would be exacerbated by mucin. However, it was one of the easiest, lightest serums I’ve tried. It took about five minutes before it sunk in, but after that I forgot I even had it on.

Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm: The problem with this BB cream is that it’s pale. It goes on pale, and it stays pale. While it was no match for my skin, it’s definitely worth a try if you’re melanin-challenged. The texture is thicker and less watery than most American brand offerings but still has the lightweight and subtle/sheer coverage you look for in a BB cream.

Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream: After less than a week, I’m comfortable saying that this is the best product that I put on my face, possibly ever. It "boasts" 92 percent snail excretion, which means it’s not really a cream—more of a gel/moisturizer hybrid. If you want people to comment on how your previously dull or otherwise problematic skin is noticeably bright, use this. And some scars I thought I'd have forever have already started to fade. I don't miss them.

Skinfood Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet: You know how sheet masks tend to drip all over your shirt, making it look like you have a drooling problem? This one actually adheres to your face for the full 15 minutes required, only to reveal shockingly hydrated silk instead of your usual skin.

Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Eye Mask Jumbo: The most interesting and successful part of this product is the silicone-like gel fabrication. Shaped like chubby Nike swooshes, I put the eye masks over my bags while watching TV and forgot about them. They eventually dried up, I peeled them off, and my eyes haven’t been puffy since.

—Tamim Alnuweiri

Photos by Tom Newton.

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  • Evelyn Brockmann

    I ALWAYS knew that snails had superpowers.
    Here is a gif to proove it because we all love gifs. Well, at least I do.

    • ITGFerber


  • scab

    taking "slug life" to a whole new level

    • Clever Girl Reviews

      I almost said the same thing!

  • Haiku Jew

    A snail slime serum
    makes my skin kinda crawly
    I just can't go there.

    • Yermum

      This haiku tho

  • Eliza

    Ahhhh love snail creams, wrote about the Dr. Jart cream (not the serum pictured here) on my blog the other day!

    I use it as a night treatment (I think it's meant to be an everyday moisturizer) and when I wake up my skin is just...better. It has 77% snail goo which is pretty high compared to lots of others (so weird haha), and is has no alcohol in it (anyone else SO sick of skin-drying alcohol being a top ingredient in everything?!).

    I actually bought it after using a snail sheet mask from SokoGlam (thanks for the rec, ITG, I use a lot of their stuff now!) and liking that too.

  • Mariadimaria

    I once tried snail cream/gel/moisturiser from Missha. It did nothing to my skin and it was actually worst than with my usual Avene cream. Maybe not hydrating enough, I thought. Has anyone had similar experience with snail creams or was it just that maybe the Missha one was no good for me?

    • Liz K

      The Missha snail line is really light. I like it in the summer but still have to use an additional oil or cream as the "cream" is actually a light gel. I do like the toner and lotion better than the cream. It would be one of my favorite lines if they nixed the fragrance.

      Snail slime is used in heavier moisturizers from other lines. Lots of them are pretty light but the Benton Snail Bee Steam Cream is nice if you're looking for a heavier cream.

    • Tiffany

      Agreed. I have combination skin and their cream only really works for the summer, or combined with a ton of other moisturizers. Maybe try the Nature Republic line?

  • Sharareh

    Wa...What! Snail mucin? Why can't we just get us some Hyaluronic Acid? I'm sure the benefits are very similar...

  • Adrienne Angelos

    Loved the piece, but I did want to clarify...

    Mucin is just a regular ol' protein! It's not snail guts (or an enzyme), its just a protein (which really just means the molecule has Nitrogen somewhere in it) whose structure allows it to hold a lot of water. Mucin is the protein that makes mucus what it is, and we have it in our own noses and mouths, and other places too, along with a whole slew of other creatures!

  • Lucy & Oli

    Oh Lord, there was such a lot of this grossness in the 7-11's in Thailand! Grim!

  • Laila

    Can we have a discussion about where they're harvesting these snails? I for one wouldn't mind a little investigation about this practice before I start slathering bug guts on my face.

    • michelle

      Snails are gastropods, not bugs. They excrete the slime.

    • Eliza

      I read that they have to "agitate" the snails (which I think they do via electric shock but I'm not sure), because that causes them to excrete the most mucous. It's not nice, so obviously something to think about if that bothers you--definitely will never get the "No animal testing" bunny stamp on any of it!

      The snails do survive, though--I personally use snail slime cream/masks, but it might not be for everyone because of the snail trauma!

  • kneelbeforetigers

    All of this, over and over again. Totally getting the repair cream and sheet mask nowwwww.

  • YY

    I really wanted to try Snail cream/gel/mask/treatment and about a year ago bought the one from Mizon. While we're talking about concentrations etc, could I mention that most of them contain silicones? As a milia prone gal with tendency to clogged pores I can't afford to have it on my skin. Any tips to snail treatments with NO silicone derivatives?

    • elle

      take a look at benton's line- i think there isn't any silicone.

  • jo

    Yess to the greatness of urban outfitters beauty department! I was pleasantly surprised the other day I browsed through their website.

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm not sure how I feel about the potential of this. When I was a child one of my neighbors found a huge cache of snails under a pile of rotting wood. I mean like hundreds. He then poured salt on them and started shooting them with an airsoft gun his dad brought back from the UK. Needless to say after spending time picking snail rain out of my hair for hours I'm not sure I was to revisit anything snail related ever again.

    • Tamim Alnuweiri

      I think snail rain would put me off of wildlife for eternity too. I haven't had that traumatizing of an experience with snails and I was still skeptical but it makes your skin so soft and you glow!!

  • Shann Oliver

    I love LOVE snail mucin products. Total game changer. Mizon is fantastic.

  • Haiku Jew

    An old ex-boyfriend
    kissed a big banana slug
    and I lost the bet!

  • bebe666

    Yesss! All of you who are dubious/feeling queasy about the slime are missing out. I use the Mizon snail repair cream as an overnight spot treatment on pimples, mosquito bites and other skin irritation and they go down by the next morning. any redness/potential for scarring fades much faster too!

  • Jasmine

    $15.56 USD and free shipping ;) roseroseshop is my fave

    • Amanda

      Thank you!!

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  • Nicole

    Love the title of this post :'D

  • pamb


  • FreneticPenguin

    Has anyone had any good results with Benton Snail Bee Essence? I'm so taken in by their marketing and I don't even care: snail slime AND bee venom? Can't go wrong.

  • Cay

    It's gotten SO good! They carry Mario Badescu now, too. And I love to hate on many of Urban's corporate practices, but here in NY, they're carrying a TON of tiny local brands too, which is awesome to see (i.e. Goldies).

  • Blythe Irish

    I've been using the cream from Elensilia. It's more of a gel though. Super cooling and hydrating. Great if you are a red faced, irritated skin person. Highly recommended

  • Jay Kanderi

    I swear by the Benton snail bee steam cream. I have oily skin and this works perfectly fine. I use it only at night.

  • Lola Gusman

    I think it is. Or, rather, you can just have a snail crawl on your face. I remember when my aunt had a whole jar of snails that she used for homespun snail facials. Only thing is that they were the big giant snails - kind of like the ones you'd use for escargot.

  • Cinamaron

    Okay, so I bought those Skin Food Snail mask sheets (from and used one last night. I'm new to Korean sheet masks, but my skin has NEVER felt as soft as it did after I took that sheet off! Super amazing.

  • NYC African

    so awesome starting a snail farm to obtain 'slime'.


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TONYMOLY Prestige Snail Lip Treatment Balm
Dr. Jart+
Dr. Jart+ Premium Time Returning Serum 1 oz
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Mizon Snail Repair Blemish Balm
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Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream
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Skinfood Hydro Fitting Snail Mask Sheet
TONYMOLY Intense Care Snail Eye Mask Jumbo