STYLE Summer 2020 Edition (reprinted by permission)
Los Angeles, CA, 07/16/2020 3.45 PDT
Hollywood generally embraces — if not publicly, then privately — any treatment, procedure, or ingredient that promises miraculous fountain-of-youth-like results, and the latest trend to make its way stateside is no different, though it’s a little cringe-worthy. Snail slime, technically known as snail mucin or mucus, is a popular Korean beauty ingredient that has its origins in ancient tradition but has been modernized (think intense filtration process) for today’s slew of creams, serums, and sheet masks.
A growing number of Hollywood Superstars and models have reportedly tried it, as has celebrity makeup artist Troy Surratt (Leann Rimes, Adele), who says the ingredient piqued his curiosity. “I had heard the trend was gaining popularity because a doctor in Korea had discovered snail mucus had healing benefits and it expedited the healing of burns and had the ability to stimulate collagen production,” he says. He then headed to Seoul with fellow makeup guru Fiona Stiles to check it out.