When it comes to anti-aging ingredients, the skincare world offers a sea of options, which can sometimes confuse the quest to pick a new product. One of the most lauded anti-agers is retinol, a synthetic derivative of vitamin A in the class of retinoids. It’s been shown countless times that, with frequent use, retinol can make the skin radiant and firm, refine texture, plump fine lines and wrinkles, and diminish breakouts. However, this potency and the fact that it temporarily weakens the protective barrier makes it intimidating for newcomers and people with easily reactive skin. While, indeed, retinol can be intimidating on its own, teaming it up with replenishing and hydrating ingredients can make things turn your way. That’s why in today’s post, we also discuss snail mucin, a Korean ingredient that has been rising in the skincare scene thanks to its moisturizing and anti-aging properties.
Knowing more about these two ingredients raises the question: should you use retinol and snail mucin together? Keep reading to find out.
What is snail mucin?
Snail mucin is made of the slime that snails secrete from their salivary epidermal glands. This mucus has adhesive, emollient, moisturizing, lubricating, protective, and reparative properties and contains a bunch of good-for-skin compounds, including vitamins, copper peptides, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, and glycolic acid. As far as skincare is concerned, snail mucin has anti-aging benefits (as it induces collagen production), antimicrobial, as well as regenerative and protective effects on the skin. This makes it a great repairing ingredient to use after retinol.
What is retinol?
You’re probably no stranger to retinol, but we’ll still give it a short introduction. Retinol is a type of retinoid known for boosting cell turnover and promoting collagen production, which in the long run, improves skin texture, uneven tone, dryness, acne, and signs of aging. However, the accelerated cellular turnover caused by retinol also makes the protective barrier vulnerable, leading to potential redness and irritation. Because of that, using retinol along with calming and hydrating ingredients like snail mucin is recommended.
Can I use snail mucin and retinol together?
Of course, snail mucin and retinol can be used together and make a great team for improving a wide array of skin concerns, including acne, wrinkles, dark spots, and dryness. Because retinol can be harsh, it’s best to introduce it progressively so the skin can adjust to it. A moisturizing ingredient like snail mucin can help in this process, calming the skin, supporting healing, and ensuring retinol won’t cause sensitivities.
You can play with this duo in both your AM and PM skincare routines, preferably with a retinol serum and snail mucin cream. This way, you reap the most benefits of retinol and allow snail mucin to work its best to repair and nourish the skin. But the question is now, do you use snail mucin before or after retinol?
Snail mucin before or after retinol?
If your skin is sensitive or usually reacts to retinol, it’s best to use snail mucin before retinol, as it will create an extra layer of protection that acts as a buffer against irritation. Otherwise, use snail mucin after retinol, so the two ingredients don’t interfere with each other while also reducing the chances of sensitivities.
Benefits of using snail mucin with retinol
It’s clear cut that retinol and snail mucin complement each other. Retinol delivers skin-transforming results but is intense and may temporarily weaken the barrier, causing sensibility. Snail mucin does the opposite, counteracting retinol irritations due to its potential to improve skin barrier function along with its moisturizing and calming effects. Also, both ingredients stimulate collagen production and provide antioxidant protection, so they work in tandem to maintain skin firm and elastic.
That said, snail mucin and retinol is a solid duo to add to your routine, and with products like Sesderma Snailas Serum and SeoulCeuticals Snail Repair Cream, you can have the best of both worlds in a single formula.
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