Snail Facial | Beauty Treatment for Sparkling Smooth Skin

The very thought of these slimy suckers moving on the face might give you chills, but snail slime or mucin have ingredients that have anti-aging benefits for the skin. Could this be the fountain of eternal youth? If it is yes, then I’m in!

Looking healthy and young is everybody’s dream and women all around the world will do anything and everything to look young and beautiful. Some even don’t fear to go under the knife and get all their necessary features enhanced while others who are a little on the scared side, they also have millions of options available as well to beautify themselves.

One of these ways is the snail facial. As the name suggests, in this facial, live snails are left all over your face and they are left to treat your face with its mucin. The benefits of snail facial are many and to name a few it is loaded with antioxidants, proteins and has hyaluronic acid which we all know is a great enrolment to rejuvenate and hydrate your skin. Here in this article, we shall learn all about snail facials and the benefits of snail mucin.

In recent years, spas in Korea, Tokyo, and London are offering services where you can experience an actual live snail facial on your face! Sounds a little too much for you? Then you definitely need to read further…

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What is Snail Facial?

Snail facial has recently gained massive popularity thanks to Korean beauty, but the use of snails in skincare actually dates way older than you think. It was first used in Ancient Greece. Hippocrates would crush snail shells to help heal their skin from burns and wounds (Poor babies).

Then in the early 80s, Chilean snail farmers discovered their hands were softer and younger after constantly handling these tiny creatures. It led to snail mucin becoming popular skincare ingredient. To acquire their mucin, snails are gently stimulated just enough so they secrete it, which is then sterilized before formulating them into skincare products. No snails are harmed during this process. Thank goodness!

What Does Snail Slime Do for Your Skin?

Snails can do wonders to your skin and from being garden crawlers to appetizers they have paved their way into the beauty industry.

Snail slime or snail mucin is the key products of many creams, masks, and serums. No one ever thought that this little animal can do so much to your skin until the Koreans began experimenting with it and incorporating them into their skin.

The snail slime is filled with the goodness of glycoproteins, glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid whose benefits are uncountable. Snail mucin is not subjected to rigorous studies yet its evidence are such that even dermatologists can not deny it’s beneficial properties.

Cosmetic dermatologists claim that snail slime can make your skin supple, healthy, glowing and young. It hydrates and moisturizes your skin from within and also locks in the moisture to allow the penetration of any other products that you put on top. Especially the products with active ingredients in them.

The potential of snail slime cream ranges from preventing skin dryness, therefore, making your skin hydrated and dewy due to containing some allergenic properties which heal your skin. If you are not someone who wants to use a lot of over the counter products rather want to try your hands on some natural products the snail slime cream can be a good replacement for retinoids and glycolic acid products.

Apart from its moisture sealing and skin healing benefits it also has anti-aging properties. Clinical studies have found that snail mucin is rich in antioxidants and hyaluronic acid which boosts the collagen production thereby facilitating young and fresh skin. Dermatologists suggest that regular use of the snail slime cream can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can also provide elasticity to your skin.

Benefits of Snail Facial

Periodical snail facial can leave your skin deeply nourished, youthful and glowing. Here are some of the most popular benefits of snail facial.

  • Stimulates collagen production on the skin: It contains Phyto Mucin which has anti-aging benefits and can make your skin firm and taut. It helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Effectively hydrates the skin: This facial can deeply nourish and effectively hydrates the skin, keeping it moisturized and supple for a long period of time.
  • Brightens up skin tone: It also has brightening effects and snail mucin contains Vitamin B3 which is popularly known as Niacinamide which is known to even out skin tone and lighten and brighten it.
  • Helps to repair damaged tissue: This facial can rectify any skin damage such as acne scars, dull skin, dark spots, age spots and can also reduce the damage of photoaging.
  • Soothes inflammation.
  • Protects skin from free radicals.
  • Keeps acne or breakouts at bay.
  • Helps fade dark spots and acne scars.

Is Snail Slime Good For Acne?

Snail mucin is not actually formulated to treat acne but it is proven to work wonders for your skin. Acne and acne scars are awfully stubborn and it is not an easy task to get rid of them. If you have tried everything from ointment to peels to even LED lights but with no avail then you must want to give this hero product a try.

It is a mixture of copper and zinc peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants with anti-microbial properties which are known to heal, soothe and repair skin.

Dermatologists say that snail mucin is popularized in the Korean beauty industry as an anti-aging product but it is very helpful in clearing acne as well. It can make your skin appear smoother and softer.

How is snail facial done?

Step 1: The facial is started by gently cleansing the skin using a snail foam cleanser.

Step 2: An aloe vera toner is used to tighten the pores.

Step 3: Snail cream which contains snail mucin extract is used all over the face and massaged for a few minutes.

Step 4: Here comes the part only for the brave-hearted! Live snails are placed all over the face, and their position is securely monitored by the beautician.

Step 5: Snails are removed and placed to their home sweet home and the leftover mucin is massaged into the skin for deep penetration.

Step 6: Snail mask is placed onto the skin.

Step 7: After cleansing the skin using a wet towel, snail lotion/serum is applied to the skin.

The process may differ from salon to salon but this is usually what most salons offer in a live snail facial. Please keep in mind – this is not a miracle treatment and may require regular treatments for you to see a visible difference just like other skin treatments. Though many users claimed for softer supple skin after the treatment.

How much does it cost?

It may differ from place to place but it costs roughly around $200-$250.

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How to do it safely at home?

Since live snail facial is not available everywhere, you can buy snail mucin skincare products online to get yourself a snail facial at home.

You will need a snail cleanser, snail toner/or any other toner, snail mucin cream and a snail facial mask. Right after cleansing the skin using a toner, massage the skin for 7-10 minutes using a snail mucin-infused cream. Wipe the excess product using a wet wipe and apply a sheet mask and wait for 15-20 min. Repeat once a week to reap the full benefit.

Is Snail Slime Dangerous for your skin?

Snail mucus is not generally dangerous and they contain many healing and anti-microbial properties. However, working with snail slime is not without risk. They contain E. Coli, rat lungworms and other varieties of dangerous bacterias. Rat lungworm is potentially dangerous as it can reach your brain causing symptoms of meningitis. This can lead to severe damage to the brain tissues and can also cause swelling of the brain.


Please DO NOT run after and collect snails from the garden attempting to do a live snail facial at home as it can be harmful to the skin rather than doing anything good. Since they contain bacteria and other bad stuff which is removed by a cleansing process by professionals prior to a snail facial. Therefore, it’s a very bad idea to do it at home.


All the cosmetic and beauty industry all over the world are going gaga over snail facials. Snail mucin is practically one of the best product you can put on your skin to combat all skin problems. From dry skin to acne, it can soothe and heal all. So if you are also tempted and intimidated to try snail facials or creams then grab it at once.

Here’s a fun video about people getting snail facial for the very first time!

Let us know your thoughts about live snail facial! Already tried it? Please comment below your experience, hope you add snail products to your beauty routine, thanks for reading! 🙂

6 thoughts on “Snail Facial | Beauty Treatment for Sparkling Smooth Skin”

  1. Rachel Harrison

    I was with you on this until I read about the live snails! Haha. Really interesting though. One day I may be brave enough to try it.

  2. Elisabeth Southgate

    I appreciate you helping me learn more about snail facials. I am glad to know that the snail serum is sterilized before it is formulated into skin products. I just might have to give a snail facial a try sometime.

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