What to know about the $32 'amazing snail' product Emily Ratajkowski uses

Alyssa Tria
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When it comes to effortless fashion and beauty, nothing compares to the cool-girl stylings of model and actress Emily Ratajkowski. But when she's not rocking controversial, head-turning ensembles or casually showing off her faultless torso, the 28-year-old is at home dealing with a common issue many people suffer from. Yup, I'm talking about acne breakouts.

“My skin freaked out at the beginning of quarantine,” she revealed in an Instagram Story over the weekend. So she did what any other skincare guru would do — and updated her routine.

In the series of clips, Ratajkowski shared with fans the products in her current skincare lineup. In between the Dr. Loretta Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser and retinol cream, she introduces one product that she vaguely refers to as “snail.” But what exactly is it?

Enter: Cosrx’s Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence, a K-beauty staple formulated to minimize pores and reveal a brighter, clearer complexion.

Cosrx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence

Cosrx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence

SHOP IT: Amazon, $32

A lightweight cocktail of 96 per cent snail mucin, an ingredient known to aid in skin repair and hydration, and panthenol, this exfoliating toner penetrates the skin to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, acne, scars and dehydration while also prepping the skin for other topical products that follow.

Safe to use for all skin types, it also helps boost, elasticity and moisture and improves skin tone and evenness.


While its affordable retail price of $32 may be nothing compared to the Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop line, more than 1,700 ratings say this stuff actually works.

“I'm a vet of this product and have been using it for almost two years. It’s part of my daily skin routine and a little bit goes a long way. For those of you who don't know, snail mucin is extremely restorative as it heals wounds that snails get when they slither across rough surfaces,” says one five-star reviewer. “If you suffer from acne scarring due to my terrible habit of picking at my acne, this product is a must-have.”

“Amazing stuff, great for problem skin, acne/rosacea...Five pumps for my face and neck the second I get out if the shower and that's it, I don't need anything else for the whole day,” says another. “Breakouts have reduced to almost nothing and redness is diminished.”

Following cleansing, toner and retinol, Ratajkowski then finishes off her routine with a “delicious serum” by Dr. Loretta which primes skin for makeup and protects from pollution. 

Are you experiencing "quarantine skin" like Ratajkowski? Don't fret — the likely cause could be stress impacted by the change of your daily routine. With triggers such as genetics, hormones, stress, the natural slow-down of cell renewal and loss of elasticity, acne continues to be the most frequently diagnosed condition by dermatologists, affecting 35 per cent of adults.

A simple and effective solution can be a revamp of your skincare routine. To go the Em Rata route, scroll through and shop her other must-have products below.

Dr. Loretta Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser

Dr. Loretta Micro-Exfoliating Cleanser

SHOP IT: Revolve, $49

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer

SHOP IT: Dermstore, $75

Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum

Dr. Loretta Intense Replenishing Serum

SHOP IT: Dermstore, $70

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