Hi there, how are you? I hope you are having a lovely Friday so far. Today’s #SkincareFriday post is all about… yes a funny ingredient called mucin (snail extract).
Snail extracts have been recognised for skin recovery benefits by ancient Greeks, and it has been making a huge comeback in Korea for the past few years.
I also have heard of beauty products containing spider web extracts, horse oil and bird poo, hair treatment with bull’s semen? I draw the line at snail extracts for now.
I am squeamish, and I have not been adventurous with these “natural but weird” skincare ingredients until now. I keep hearing a lot of good things and how effective snail products are. Apparently, even Katie Holmes is a big fan of snail slime products used for her glowing skin!
Snail extracts also known to help restore skin’s youthful radiance with collagen, elastin, vitamin E and protein. Korean beauty companies have claimed that snail slime extracts can help with hyperpigmentation, scarring, reducing acne and anti-ageing. The list goes on and on, please note I am not a dermatologist, I am not here to tell you the proven facts about snail slime! I can only review the products, pass on my views about the pros and cons on the products I have chosen to try.
My only source for this yummy ingredient is via, you’ve guessed it, Korean beauty retailer memebox. There are many online Asian skincare companies that sell these products, but until I know this is working for me I won’t commit to it!
All the products I will be reviewing are from special box #10 Snail Cosmetics. This is a massive step for me in terms of trying out new skincare. Need to discard the snail images in my head and actually put the stuff on my face!
I didn’t even tell my other half when I use these products with snail slime extracts, just in case he freaks out or tell me to source my snail slime in our garden instead XD
Ok, the review!
DKDN ~ Snail Recover Intensive Serum 30ml
This serum consists of 93% pure extract from the healing property of snails. It claims to nourish, moisturise, and brighten up dull and saggy skin.
This is one of the first products I have tried from the snail box, it is a serum in a glass bottle. The serum itself is clear and the consistency is medium-thick. It smells faintly of plants (??).
The usage instruction for this serum is that you apply it after cleansing and essence, dab a good amount onto your skin and let it absorb the goodness.
I really enjoyed using this, it gives enough moisture to my skin even when I am not using a night cream. I can see the product is getting used up in the bottle, it is starting to make me sad knowing I will run out of this stuff one day!!
This product retails at around $33
Score: 4 out of 5
Pure Smile ~ Non-Silicone Snail Treatment 250g
As you probably know, most shampoo and conditioners contain some amount of silicone. As silicone makes your hair feel smoother and look shinier but it also coat your hair, stopping it from absorbing good nutrients (if you do apply it that is!). It is refreshing to use a non-silicone product on my hair. I have been using this treatment a few weeks, it does make my hair feel softer afterwards. The product smells of artificial rose, but it is undetectable after rinsing. But it does not give me that fake *smoothness* silicone products would!
This product retails at around $16
Score: 2.5 out of 5, I am still a big fan of Argan oil hair treatments, it is not being replaced just yet!
Elensilia ~ EGF Renovage Youth Activating Eye Cream 25g
This eye cream is very hyped up and loved by many Asian skincare enthusiasts.
It claims to have ability to delays, repairs, stops signs of ageing on the eyes. It also nullify fine wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes too.
I cannot verify this cream did all that for me! But I have seen slight improvement on the moisture front, on the fine lines around my eyes. I am happy in that sense, as the new lines appeared after I tested another eye cream from another beauty box! Yes I am annoyed about that!
This product retails at $89, I am not sure this is the real RRP, but it is the price given on the Snail box information card.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
The Skin House ~ Wrinkle Snail System Cream 50ml
This company is famous for producing products that are made from 100% pure nature ingredients. This Snail system cream claims to help retain moisture level for 24 hours, it replenishes and nourishes skin that is dry, rough and wrinkle-prone. This cream is recommended for people with dry skin that’s in need of wrinkle care.
I am not at that stage but there’s nothing wrong with starting your anti-ageing regime. I have oily combination skin and few dry patches. The texture of this cream is the most weird and peculiar, I have never dealt with any face, hand or body cream with the same texture! It is stringy and looks like slime… (don’t fear yet). It is actually fun to use despite being horribly messy to use on the face. I once dropped the protective lid onto the pink memebox. Of course, it had to land cream side down… ah, it smells like herbal plant derived products.
To use, I utilise the little plastic scoop that comes with the cream. I scoop up a little amount and warm it up between my palms (that creates more strings!) before pressing this lightly onto my face. It feels heavy but it sinks into the skin really well, my skin feels like it is just drinking it all up. It scares me, my skin certainly is not moisturised enough for it to absorb all that! Anyway, I am really liking this cream. This is probably my favourite product from the box!
I have been using this cream on and off for past few weeks. I find that this is very nourishing on skin and I do not need to apply this every single night. This is a really good night cream 🙂 skin feels more supple and nourished. Big thumbs up!
This Wrinkle snail system cream retails at $18
Score: 4 out of 5
Purederm ~ Age Regenerating Multi-step Treatment: Age Regenerating Ampoule & Snail 3D Mask, 25ml @ $4
This mask comes in 2 portions, the top pouch is filled with a Cell Illuminating Ampoule, in which you apply this onto the skin before the mask. The mask is cut ok and fitted my face. To be honest, this is the first time I have used mask that comes with extra essence/ampoule. Not sure if this was necessary? 😛 Anyhow, I love sheet masks and I like this one.
DewyTree ~ Snail Vitalising Mask 25g @ $3 approx
This mask was not on the information card inside the box, so I am guessing this is a freebie mask! 🙂
I did enjoy using this mask, the sheet mask itself was very comfortable on the skin and it fits quite well. The scent was quite noticeable but it is not something that would bother me :p
I have left it on for 20 minutes, the result seems good and my skin felt moisturised the next morning. I am not too loyal to sheet masks, hard to say I will seek this out and make a repurchase.
These are all the snail slime products that I have, apart from the sheet masks, the rest of the products are being very loved in my skincare routine.
Thanks for reading 🙂
Are you familiar with these “weird but natural” ingredients? As I know I am late to the party… 😛
14.Oct.2014: Within the UK, you can now obtain snail products in Holland and Barretts. They have a snail skincare range now, Facial Serum £17.99 with free delivery (orders over £10)
If you’re not convinced about snail treatment, then head over to H&B and pick up a hydrating mask trial size at £1.99
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