Snail mucus, once a novelty ingredient that made us scratch our heads and go "Uh, what now?", has become a mainstay in many beauty routines. First seen in K-beauty products such as Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence ($21) and Mizon All in One Snail Healing Cream ($38), the goo has been lauded for its ability to reduce fine lines and inflammation while boosting collagen production. If that wasn't enough, snail mucin has been known to treat acne and hydrate skin. Basically, if you want to glow, slither on over towards some mucin. Thanks to Reddit, we've spotted another surprising benefit of the goo: healing new tattoos.
In a post on the Asian Beauty subreddit, user tryingmyvvbest wrote about how they rubbed mucin on their fresh ink to help it heal. As they wrote, "I've been slathering Cosrx Snail Mucin on my healing tattoo. So far, the scabs have peeled off so quickly, and I'd say I'm extremely pleased with the rate the tattoo is healing: one to two days ahead of what [my tattoo salon] predicted."