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Snail Mucin: Before or After Glycolic Acid?

by Yu-Jun Park 12 Mar 2024

Alrighty gorgeous people, let's dive deep into the wondrous waters of K Beauty. 

Today's hot question on the table: "Should you use snail mucin before or after glycolic acid?" 

It’s a royal rumble between two titanic forces of skincare, ready to duke it out in the ring. 

Are you hyped?

Should you apply snail mucin or glycolic acid first?

Short and sweet answer? Apply glycolic acid first, then snail mucin.

Or to put this whole scenario into more scientific terms… 

Glycolic acid, with its small molecular size, penetrates the skin easily and quickly, strategising a well-planned attack on dead skin cells. It's a sort of sorcerer with a spell potent enough to dissolve the binding lipids holding the old, cruddy cells together. 

And as an added perk, it waves its collagen-boosting wand, giving rise to plumped up, firmer looking skin. 

Meanwhile, the snail mucin, in all its slick glory, is not to be outdone. It houses a powerhouse of ingredients like hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans, antimicrobial peptides and copper peptides. 

This constellation of components means it has multiple jobs to do. 

Not one to shirk its responsibilities, snail mucin swoops in post acid job to impart serious hydration, confer wound-healing properties, reduce inflammation and deliver a skin-brightening effect. 

"But what's the exact process?" you ask? I sense your curiosity isn't satiated just yet.

  1. With clean, dry skin, apply your glycolic acid product using a cotton pad, making sure to avoid the delicate eye area. Glycolic acid, though wondrous, has a proclivity for dryness, so it's keen to jump right into action with a minimum of fuss. Give it a gratifying 20-30 minutes to seep right in, down to the deepest realms of your skin, leaving no dead cell unturned.

  2. During this waiting period, it’s best to avoid any distractions and allow the glycolic acid to truly shine solo. Maybe do some stretches, take some time to meditate, or browse your favorite online book store. Remember patience is a virtue, particularly in skincare.

  3. Once you feel your skin is ready, dispense an appropriate amount of snail mucin onto your palm. Don't let the thought of it deter you - the texture is really less 'ew' and more 'squee'. Using your fingertips, tap it lightly into the skin, allowing for thorough hydration and absorption. Snail mucin brings up the rear, providing that lush, cushion-comfort layer, while still letting the skin breathe.

And voila! There you have it - unabridged, scientific and yet oh so approachable instructions on the optimal order for glycolic acid and snail mucin application. 

This duo promises to be a game-changer in your skincare regimen. 

And from now on, there will be no hesitation, no confused wavering amidst your creams and potions. You'll know exactly who's up at the front of the queue, and why.

What should you avoid after glycolic acid?

So, you've given your skin a fantastic glycolic acid treatment, and you're feeling great! 

Now, you may be wondering, "What next? What should I avoid after this?" 

Well, dear reader, we have some must-avoid tips that will keep your skin from throwing the equivalent of a temper tantrum!

Firstly, after treating your skin to glycolic acid, steer clear of retinol or too many high-concentration AHAs/BHAs. 

Imagine these ingredients as the hot chili flakes of the skincare world. They are potent and effective alone but combined with glycolic acid they can send your skin into a reactive frenzy! 

Ever seen a beetroot and thought, "Wow, that's the skin-tone I want!"? 

No, we didn't think so. The combination of glycolic acid and strong ingredients like retinol can cause inflammation, leading to a less than desirable beetroot-red complexion. 

Moving on, let's talk about the sun. 

After a glycolic acid treatment, the sun is not your best buddy. We're not saying you need to become a full-time vampire; just make sure that sunscreen is your new BFF. 

Why? Because glycolic acid, while amazing for skin renewal, does leave your skin slightly more vulnerable to sun damage. 

But you know what they say about every cloud having a silver lining. In this case, the silver lining is like a knight in shining armor - it's called sunscreen! 

Sunscreen acts like a shield, fending off those harmful UV rays that are only too eager to wage war on your fresh post peel skin. 

We know, wearing sunscreen all day, every day, even when it's cloudy seems over the top. But trust us, it's worth it. 

Let's break it down. When you have a glycolic acid treatment, it removes the superficial layer of your skin, exposing the new, fresh cells underneath. These brand spanking new cells are sensitive and susceptible to damage, especially from the sun. The UV radiation can penetrate deep into the skin, alter DNA, and cause premature aging. 

"Premature aging? No, thank you!" we hear you say.

And that's where sunscreen, the knight in shining lotion, comes in to save the day! 

An SPF of at least 30 is a good rule of thumb. But don't skimp out, apply generously and remember to reapply every two hours. Take the time to protect your new skin and it will thank you by looking fabulously radiant. 

So, to round up - post-glycolic acid skin care is all about avoiding the 'spicy' ingredients like retinol and additional AHAs/BHAs that could irritate your skin, and embracing the protective power of sunscreen. 

It’s time to shine, but remember – the sun's rays shouldn't be the ones doing the shining on your skin after a glycolic peel! 

Remember, your smile is the best thing you could wear, so let's keep it radiant by treating your skin right after a glycolic acid treatment.

Do you use toner or snail mucin first?

Toner is notorious for being a step many overlook in their skincare routine. 

However, it's a vital player in the overall performance of your skincare team. 

This lightweight liquid works to remove any remaining dirt, sweat or makeup on your skin after cleansing, creating a clean canvas for what comes next.

Think of it like this: you wouldn't put a dollop of creamy mashed potatoes on a dirty plate, right? 

That's how your toner feels about your skin. 

In addition to acting as the ultimate cleanser, toners can also balance your skin's pH after washing, which keeps your skin healthy and glowing. 

You've probably heard a lot about "pH-balanced" products, and for a good reason. Our skin naturally leans towards the slightly acidic side of the pH scale, and alkaline-based products (hello, facial soaps!) can disrupt the balance. 

Thankfully, toners ride to our skin's rescue to restore balance.

Onto snail mucin. 

To be clear, in case you don’t know the score already - it's precisely what you think it is. That is, the slimy trail left by a snail. 

But before you scrunch your nose and dismiss it, this little gooey secret holds capabilities that can make your skin sing. 

For starters, snail mucin is packed with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and antimicrobial peptides. Or in easy-speak, the things that can hydrate, exfoliate and repair your skin.

Here's the exciting part: thanks to a toner, your skin is prepped and ready to absorb these juicy nutrients. When applied on a clean, toned face, snail mucin can work more effectively by sliding deeper into the pores to deliver hydration and brightness directly to your skin cells.

So, yes, there's a method to the madness in the Korean skincare world. 

Using toner before your snail mucin is akin to laying out a luxurious, velvet carpet for the true hero (snail mucin, that is) to stride upon and work its magic. 

And remember, skincare isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. It's all about commitment, consistency, and using products in the right order to achieve maximum benefits. 

So go ahead, let your toner serenade your skin before unleashing the power that is snail mucin.

In the end, it’s not just about looking good but feeling good in your skin. An effective skincare routine is a literal confidence-boosting, glow-up anthem, and you’re the maestro conducting it. 

Your skin will thank you with the radiant glow and smoothness that's the ultimate red carpet-worthy look. 

And — yes, we’ll say it again! — always remember to finish off with a good sunblock. It's the sunglasses and hat for your skin, protecting it from harmful UV rays, just like you would on a sunny day out.

So, go forth, your skincare army awaits! The toner is your opener, the snail mucin your headliner, and don't forget the encore performance by your trusted SPF. 

It’s all in the order of application, darling!

What do you put on after snail mucin?

You've mustered the bravery to spread the slime, and now you're sporting that snazzy snail mucin glow! 

But don't rest your beauty laurels just yet; it's time to unfurl the red carpet for the heavy hitters of your skincare repertoire. 

So now you're looking at your skincare shelf and wondering, "What comes after the goop?"

Besides the sunscreen we keep nagging you about, of course.

We've all been there. You look at your reflection in the mirror and see a face already reveling in snail mucin glory, but you know it’s prudent to take it up another notch because, after all, the skincare world has more to offer.

Alright, enough with the suspense. 

Cue in moisturizers, oils, and eye creams - the tight-knit clan of sealants in your skincare empire that hold the power to lock in all that maxi-sized moisture the snail mucin has so generously bestowed upon your skin. 

The philosophy here simulates preparing your skin for bedtime: nestling it in with a 'skin' nightcap. 

Think of it as a fortress where the treasure (your skin) gets guarded by the mighty walls (moisturizers and creams). This TLC ritual helps your skin under the moonlight as you unplug from the world and catch those sweet Z's.

Take your pick from the heavyweights compartment of your skincare shelf. 

You can consider a hydrating moisturizer oozing niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. They are like the seasoned and trustworthy knights protecting the castle: hyaluronic acid secures the moisture, while niacinamide improves skin texture and tones down any redness. 

Next, the step that is often underestimated but does the important job of locking that moisture in - utilizing a facial oil. 

Precious drops of oil on your skin can seal all the goodness and hard work you've nurtured through the previous regime steps. Plus, oils can serve as a delightful mini facial massage tool. 

And in case you're wondering about that twinkle in your eye? 

Yes, you guessed it! The cherries on top are eye creams. A smudge of eye cream under your eyes is the perfect finishing note, combating those perky dark circles and pesky fine lines. 

And voila! You will emerge from this well-choreographed skincare routine with skin that feels as fresh as morning dew and glowing brighter than your favorite constellation.

So, lock up that juicy moisture, queen, and let every pore of your skin celebrate the snail mucin fest. 

Remember, honing your skincare routine is like organizing your closet. There's a place for everything and everything in its place. 

It's all about finding a rhythm, striking a balance, and enjoying the process.

The beauty world is your oyster, and no one knows your skin better than you do. 

So, mix 'n' match, rinse 'n' repeat, until you discover your skin’s magic potion. 

And remember, happy skin equals a happy you!

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