Snail cream is made from snail slime, known in the industry as snail secretion filtrate. It is packed full of collagen and elastin, both vital to healthy skin, hyaluronic acid, the natural glue that holds collagen and elastin together in the skin, and antioxidants. It’s also rich in glycoprotein enzymes, antimicrobial and copper peptides, and proteoglycans, all natural ingredients that are typically added to other skin care creams and lotions.
Here are our picks of the best snail creams on the market. We’ve chosen these snail creams based on their snail extract content, quality and value.
Missha super aqua cell renew snail cream is composed of 70% snail extract and 30% excipients. In addition to snail slime extract, it also contains concentrated baobab tree extract, known for its skin toning, regeneration and antioxidant properties, and deep sea water activate, a substance rich in nutrients that are essential for healthy skin.
Missha snail cream is one of South Korean’s leading cosmetic skincare brands and was established back in 2009. It’s one of the more popular snail cream brands, both throughout Asia, where it has grown to become a first choice snail cream for many, and in the west, becoming increasingly popular across North America and Europe.
- Contains 70% snail extract
- Non-greasy and lightweight, and feels luxurious
- Contains an added moisturiser
Read our full Missha snail cream review
Mizon all in one snail repair cream is the bestselling snail cream in Korea and is composed of 92% snail extract and 8% excipients, making this cream the highest in snail extract content from the Mizon skin care range. In addition to its snail extract content, Mizon also contains a number of different plant extracts, adding antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Unlike Elicina, Mizon snail cream does contain a moisturiser, however many of those using this product tend to comment that this isn’t enough and that it is best to use an additional moisturising product in conjunction with it.
- Contains 92% snail extract
- Lightweight, watery and not sticky
- Paraben free
Read our full Mizon snail cream review
Elicina crema de caracol snail cream was the first and original snail cream to make its way onto the market back in 1995. It is composed of 80% snail extract and 20% excipients.
The original Elicina snail cream doesn’t contain a moisturiser, so those who suffer from persistent skin dryness are recommended to use either Elicina Plus or another moisturising product in addition to Elicina snail cream.
It is ideal for people with a mixed or oily complexion, and is effective in reducing the appearance of and treating acne, scars, stretch marks and wrinkles.
- Contains 80% snail extract
- Suitable for all skin types
- 100% safe, natural and organic
Read our full Elicina snail cream review
Here are our picks of the best snail gels currently available. We’ve chosen these snail gels based on their quality, value and snail extract content.
Mizon snail recovery gel cream contains 74% snail slime extract and 26% excipients. It’s certified by the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) for wrinkles care and has developed a cult following, thanks to it being both one of the first Korean snail gel creams and one of the cheapest, making it great value for money.
Its designed to be used with the rest of the Mizon snail cream range, as the last step in their recommended daily skincare regime. As a result, it’s not moisturising enough on it’s own, so should be used alongside additional moisturising products, being applied afterwards.
In addition to it’s use as an anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle gel cream, it’s also recommended for people with a number of common skin issues, including acne, general skin irritation and pigmentation, as it’s range of additional active ingredients give this snail gel cream anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
- Contains 74% snail extract
- Certified by the KFDA for wrinkle care
- Non-greasy gel that’s quickly absorbed
- Artificial colouring, fragrance or paraben free
Read our full Mizon snail recovery gel cream review
- Most popular snail gel in the UK
- Luxurious, thick consistency that’s easily absorbed
- Long lasting, making it great value for money
- Free of parabens, fragrances, SLS, artificial colours and preservatives
Read our full Dr Organic snail gel review
Purebess snail school gel cream is made up of 90% snail secretion filtrate and just 10% excipients, giving it one of the highest concentrations of snail slime of any other snail gel cream currently available on the market.
Something that separates this snail gel cream from it’s competitors is it’s simple ingredients. Unlike other gels, which have long lists of active ingredients, Purbess have kept things simple, opting to give you a higher concentration of snail slime rather than loading it with all sorts of weird and wonderful extracts.
That being said, this Purebess snail cream does have a limited number of additional active ingredients that add to this products anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. These are aloe vera, althaea rosea, human oilgo peptitde-1 (EGF) and tremella fuciformis.
Offering one of the highest snail slime content at one of the lowest prices, Purebess snail school gel cream offers great value, making it a great way of getting snail secretion filtrate into your skin care regime without having to make too much of an investment.
- Contains 90% snail extract
- It’s hypoallergenic
- Simple, gimmick-free ingredients with a high snail extract content
- Easily absorbed into the skin, leaving skin matte
- Inexpensive product, offering great value
Read our full Purebess snail school gel cream review
Snail slime cream is much more than a beauty fad, it has been scientifically proven to be beneficial in the prevention, management and treatment of a whole host of different common skin conditions. These conditions and skin problems range from acne, to ageing, and to the treatment of burns, scars and stretch mark fading. We’ve provided a full list of the conditions and skin problems that snail slime has been proven to be beneficial in treating on our site at the link below.
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Snail slime is similar to and rich in the nutrients and proteins that compose our skin, making it perfect as a natural skin care solution as it works to replenish these within our own skin. By doing so, you’re promoting skin regeneration and repair, leading to firmer, smother and healthier skin. Snail slime is 100% organic, natural product and safe. This has been demonstrated in a number of scientific studies, information of which is available on our site at the link below.
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Snail slime skin care products have been available since 1995 when the first commercially available snail cream, Elicina snail cream, was release onto the market in Chile. Since then, the popularity of snail cream has soared throughout South America, Korea and Japan. In recent years, although being relatively new and unknown in Europe, snail cream has seen a rise in popularity with celebrities including Katie Holmes having been reported to swear by it as their secret to a youthful complexion.
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