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Gift of the Day: Essence of Snail for the Skin-Care Obsessive

Friends that slime together stay together.

Photo: Devin Doyle
Photo: Devin Doyle

Give it up for the humble snail. While you wouldn’t think the slimy stuff left behind by your average garden-dweller would amount to much of anything, it turns out snail mucin contains all kinds of skin-benefiting properties (like hyaluronic and glycolic acid, copper peptides, and antioxidants). Among beauty obsessives — especially those in K-Beauty circles — this mollusk excretion is a superpower ingredient, beloved for its ability to plump skin and fight dark spots.

With over 47,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, COSRX’s Snail Mucin Essence is one of our favorite beauty gifts for the skin-care beginner or pro. The serum-like formula comes out of the bottle thick and syrupy and is applied to the face by gently rubbing or patting it in. It’s meant to be used after washing and toning, and layered under a facial moisturizer to lock in all the dewy goodness.

For the giver, the $15 price tag makes it a particularly appealing gift. Splurging on luxe creams is great if you know exactly what the recipient wants, but a $300 shot in the dark may not be a gamble you’re willing to take. It’s also small enough to serve as a stocking stuffer, and we love the idea of making it part of a spa-themed package with a travel-size lotion, face cloth, and a few masks.

With the holidays just a few weeks away, there’s one last thing this essence has going for it: Prime shipping. If you’re trying to squeeze in some last-minute holiday purchases, it will still make it in time for the celebrations. In this case, a snail’s pace is refreshingly speedy.

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Gift of the Day: Essence of Snail for Skin-Care Obsessives