In a recent article published by Irish News, we delve [source] into the intriguing world of Irish skincare innovation, spotlighting Monaghan’s Kieran Corley and his groundbreaking venture with snail slime.
Corley, tapping into a burgeoning global beauty trend, harnesses the mucin from an estimated one million snails on his farm to create a unique skincare line. This trend, gaining traction in Korean beauty circles with A-listers like Jennifer Anniston and Jessica Alba as proponents, recognizes snail slime’s hydrating and protective qualities against skin damage, inflammation, and infection.
Snails produce mucin for three reasons – movement, adhesion, and healing.Kieran Corley
Snail mucin, as Corley explains, serves three primary functions: facilitating movement, enabling adhesion, and promoting healing. This multifaceted substance creates an antibacterial barrier for the snail, an attribute that translates well into skincare, offering healing properties beneficial for a variety of skin conditions and general care.
Corley’s journey into this niche began with an interest in snail farming for escargot, spurred by a radio interview. However, after selling his heating controls company in 2018, he shifted focus towards skincare, inspired by his passion for animal welfare and nature. This led to the birth of Bragan Skincare, named after the nearby Bragan mountain.
Faced with high costs from pharmaceutical companies, Corley eventually partnered with an Italian firm, bringing his EU-registered and certified products to market in July 2022. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, earning him the endearing moniker “the snail man”. He eagerly anticipates showcasing his products at the upcoming Gifted fair in Dublin, curious about the public’s reaction to his innovative ingredient.
This exploration into snail-based skincare underlines a shift towards unique, natural ingredients in the beauty industry, blending traditional methods with modern innovation. Corley’s commitment to sustainable and ethical practices further adds to the appeal, making Bragan Skincare a notable entrant in Ireland’s beauty landscape.
How Global Brands Are Embracing Snail Slime for Skincare
At the forefront of the slime trend in beatuy is the Korean brand COSRX, recognized as the forefather of the snail mucin movement. Their Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, which contains a remarkable 96% snail mucin, has gone viral for its ability to rapidly absorb into the skin, providing intense nourishment and rejuvenation.
Mizon, another Korean beauty giant, has also embraced snail slime in its acclaimed All-in-One Snail Skin Repair Cream. Favored for its ability to heal acne, hydrate the skin, and promote firmness, this cream is a testament to the multifaceted benefits of snail mucin. Rich in proteins, glycolic acids, and elastins, it’s not just a solution for common skin woes but a gateway to healthier, more resilient skin.
Missha, a name synonymous with innovation in the Korean beauty industry, has expanded the use of snail mucin beyond creams to serums, face masks, and even shampoos. Their Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, boasting a 70% snail slime extract, has set a precedent in the beauty world. It’s celebrated for its anti-aging prowess and its effectiveness in reducing acne scarring, showcasing the versatility and potency of snail mucin in diverse skincare applications.
These brands, through their pioneering efforts, have illuminated the potential of snail slime in skincare, transforming a once unconventional ingredient into a cornerstone of modern beauty regimens. The global beauty industry, constantly on the lookout for groundbreaking ingredients, has embraced snail slime, marking a shift towards more natural and efficacious solutions in skincare.