I finally cracked open my tube of Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. I’ve been itching to try this since purchasing it late last year, but wanted to wait until I finished my other serums first. Last month’s skincare empties paved the way for me to finally give this unusual product a go:
I purchased this on eBay from a Korean seller and it cost me $8 for the 45g tube.
The tube comes with security features – first, a hologram sticker to ensure authenticity:
Inside the box is a standard tube:
Which is sealed for another layer of security:
It contain 74% snail filtrate. Just what IS snail filtrate? It’s a nicer sounding name for snail slime, aka MUCUS. From Wikipedia:
The foot mucus of a gastropod has some of the qualities of a glue and some of the qualities of a lubricant, allowing land snails to crawl up vertical surfaces without falling off.
Snail filtrate is mostly water with proteins and antioxidants. It purports to promote formation of collagen to help repair the skin, as well as anti-aging properties. This is my first time using any skincare containing snail filtrate…
It’s a lightweight gel that’s not slimy as one might expect. But I did find that it left a slightly tacky feeling to my face after application. It’s odourless (what do snails smell like, anyway?) and colour / paraben free. This gel also contains hyaluronic acid which is a key ingredient I look for in hydrating serums. This product calls itself a gel cream but I don’t find it creamy at all – it’s best described as a silicone-y gel. I used it the same way I would use any serum: applied after toner and before moisturizer.
Here’s the thing, I’ve been using this on and off for the past 6 weeks but I waited to post a review on it because I just did not know how I felt about it! Does that ever happen to you? I didn’t know how it was benefiting my skin, if at all. It felt nice on the skin, but I saw no noticeable difference, either positive or negative. My skin condition was in good shape when I started using the Snail Recovery Gel. But then a couple of week ago, I experienced a break out (which I narrowed down to a BB cream I started using on a daily basis – Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream, and I suspect the offending ingredients were either Macadamia Ternifolia or Simmondsia Chinensis [Jojoba] Seed Oils). Anyway, I used my trusty BHA and Benzoyl Peroxide to combat the break out, and while they were effective in ridding the blemishes, my skin got irritated, dry, and flaky. Enter Mizon Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream. It helped to calm my skin and keep it hydrated, without exacerbating the existing blemishes. Overall, I think this is a good product but I’m not sure if I need it all the time – unsure if I would repurchase. 7/10
Another note: the date stamped on the box indicates its manufacture date, not the expiry date. I’ve found that many Korean and Japanese cosmetics indicate the manufacture rather than expiry date which I prefer. I can do my own math of when I think a product will expire. 😛
Have you tried any skincare containing snail filtrate?