close-up of a Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca skincare product under a dim natural light on top of a rose gold rug

How often do you experiment with skincare ingredients? Do you like trying something new, even controversial? When it comes to skin's health and beauty everyone seems to go for a good-old hyaluronic acid and collagen, as they never seem to fail. But, this is definitely not about Elizavecca! This K-beauty brand never let skincare enthusiasts down, constantly setting up new standards and implementing innovative technologies. 

Today we are going to take a closer look at one of the most iconic skincare products by Elizavecca. I'm talking about the Milky Piggy Snail Mucin Essence, which is claimed to transform even the dullest skin, making it smooth and glowing. Do you feel intrigued? Because I absolutely am, can't wait to share my thoughts on this product with you!

close-up of a Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca skincare product under a dim natural light on top of a rose gold rug

About Elizavecca Milky Piggy Snail Mucin Essence

Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca* contains 97% snail mucin, which is a naturally occurring substance that is said to have many benefits for the skin, including:

‣ Hydrating and moisturizing the skin
‣ Improving skin elasticity
‣ Promoting wound healing
‣ Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
‣ Protecting the skin from environmental damage

The essence is also said to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It is a lightweight and non-sticky formula that absorbs quickly into the skin. And, most importantly, this product is cruelty-free.

  • Packaging

Milky Piggy Snail Mucin Essence comes in a tall, transparent bottle with a stylish font describing the product. Unlike most other skincare products by Elizavecca, Snail Mucin Essence has a very simplistic, minimalist design, which distinguishes it. The bottle features an in-built dispenser, that allows essence to slowly drop on the skin, instead of freely flowing. However, I believe a glass dropper bottle would be more convenient in this case.

  • Texture and scent:

Snail Mucin Essence is absolutely transparent, with no strong scent to it, just a soft flower fragrance, which you can barely feel on the skin. The product feels mostly watery, with a very delicate slimy touch to the liquid. It easily applies to the skin and absorbs in a matter of seconds. For those of you, who are squeamish: snail mucin feels pleasant to the skin, and there is absolutely no stickiness to its texture, just a slight viscosity.

  • Ingredients:

And now to the ingredients. The first and major ingredient of this product is, of course, Snail Secretion Filtrate aka mucin – a powerful concoction that consists of proteins, peptides, and enzymes. This secretion acts both as glue and lubricant, protecting snail's skin and acting as a barrier to infections. Thanks to its wonderful healing and protecting benefits, snail mucin is a popular and very effective skincare ingredient.

collage with two images: close-up of a Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca skincare product and a demonstration of a texture of this snail mucus on the skin

What Is Snail Mucin?

Snail mucin works wonders for all skin types, but it's particularly beneficial for those with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin. Its hydrating properties help lock in moisture, preventing dryness, while its soothing attributes can calm irritated skin, making it a suitable choice for individuals dealing with redness or inflammation. For acne-prone skin, snail mucin's regenerative abilities aid in repairing damaged skin, potentially reducing the appearance of acne scars and promoting a more even complexion.

A board-certified dermatologist and skincare expert, Andrea Suarez, states: "The number one benefit of incorporating snail mucin into your skincare routine is simply because it is very hydrating. Mucin is rich in humectants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients improve water retention, supporting skin's barrier health and allowing your skin to protect you better from the outside world."

Additionally, Elizavecca Snail Mucin Essence contains a chemical compound Allantoin that protects the skin from minor cuts and scrapes, relieving irritations. Glycerin is another powerful humectant that attracts moisture from the air into the top layer of the skin, dealing with dryness. For the topping, products also include a rare skincare ingredient – an extract of Magnolia Liliflora buds, which have a soothing and anti-aging effect on the skin.

close-up of a Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca skincare product under a dim natural light on top of a rose gold rug

How to Use Snail Mucin in Skincare?

Integrating snail mucin into your skincare routine can drastically transform your skin. To begin incorporating snail mucin into your routine, start by cleansing your face to ensure a clean canvas. A well-cleaned, exfoliated skin will absorb even more products deeply into the tissues. A few drops of snail music serum is typically sufficient; gently pat or massage it onto your skin, allowing it to absorb fully. 

The magic of snail mucin lies in its ability to enhance skin hydration, making it an excellent addition after cleansing and toning. Remember about the consistency! As with any other skincare product, the regiment is key when using snail mucin. Incorporate it into your routine daily, both in the morning and at night, for optimal results. 

Layer snail mucin with other skincare ingredients and products, ensuring it follows lighter consistencies and precedes heavier ones to facilitate maximum absorption. Its lightweight texture allows it to seamlessly blend with various products without feeling heavy on the skin.

Additionally, while snail mucin is generally well-tolerated, it's wise to perform a patch test before application to ensure compatibility with your skin. This test involves applying a small amount of the product to a discreet area and observing for any adverse reactions, such as redness or irritation, over 24 hours.

close-up of a Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca skincare product under a dim natural light on top of a rose gold rug

Final Verdict...

And finally, I simply loved it! Of course, I was skeptical about using it for my skincare routine. I heard all those wonderful reviews and feedback from influencers about snail mucus benefits for the skin. But, those weird images with giant Achatina snails on faces have never sold snail's mucin as a skincare ingredient for me. Well, I think I have finally given in, and wish you all the same!

After applying this serum to my face and neck before bed, the next morning I woke up with noticeably softer and more nourished skin. I also have a few fine lines under the eyes, which were nearly invisible the next morning. All of this after just one use! Pleased by these immediate results, I am excited to incorporate snail mucus into my bedtime beauty routine, along with retinol and AHA exfoliator.

If you are skeptical about trying Milky Piggy Snail Mucin Essence by Elizavecca, try any other mucin-based skincare product, that 'conceals' the slimy texture of the mucus. Think skin moisturizer or sheet mask. They should work just as well, without giving you the chills.

Lots of love,