I Purchased This Just over a year ago, I picked up on the Korean snail cream craze that has since spiralled into a complete skincare phenomenon. When I first heard that people were essentially going nuts for snail mucus, I was both bewildered and intrigued (sort of how I felt when I watched The Human Centipede)…
So, filled with wonder and mild disgust, I did an eBay search for snail cream. A lot of the products that came up were $30+. Not the most suitable for a beauty junkie on a budget. Then, I came across Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. At the time, I wasn’t familiar with Mizon or the brand’s awesome array of wacky skin-care products. However, the recovery gel was only $10ish, so I took the plunge and bought it.
I posted it on my newly created blog, but never got around to posting a full review of it. I know there are a tonne of reviews out there for this product now, but given how often I recommend it to others, I feel like it deserves a review from me.
What is it?
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is part of Mizon’s Snail Recovery line. The line consists of five other products, but this one is the most budget friendly and, in my experience, doesn’t require the rest of the line to produce results. The gel comes in a 45ml tube with plain pinky-peach packaging. It contains 74% snail secretion filtrate and has no discernible scent.
Snail filtrate is purported to reduce signs of aging, repair skin, whiten skin and improve acne.
|Snail secretion filtrate, butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, Bis-peg-18 methyl ether, dimethyl silane, polysorbate2-, sodium hyaluronate, carbomer, glycosyl trehalose, hydrogenated starch hydolsyate, triethanolamine, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethicone, hydroxyethylcellulose, caprylyl glyocol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium polyacrylate, centella asiatica extract, portulaca oleracea extract, camellias sinensis leaf extract, nelumbo nucifera flower extract, betula platylphylla japonica juice, tropolone, copper tripeptide-1, allantoin, panthenol, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, adenosine, disodium edta|
How does it perform?
I apply Mizon Snail Recovery Gel to my oily/combination face every night before bed, when I’m not testing other products. It comes out of the tube as a semi-translucent gel-like substance that spreads easily.
The gel is incredibly light-weight, so it absorbs quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy film behind. When I get up in the morning, my face has a sort of ‘glow’ to it that isn’t caused by oiliness. It just makes my skin look brighter and reduces the redness I’m so prone to getting on my cheeks.
I don’t get as many break outs these days as when I was a teenager, but I’m still prone to them on my chin. There’s a perpetually slightly rougher and redder patch on my face there from years of spots. Scarring, I guess. When I’m using the Snail Recovery gel, I get next to no acne and my chin loses some of that redness. The regenerative ability of snail mucin is seriously amazing.
As people who have struggled with acne will no, that’s no mean feat. I love this product’s ability to keep my skin clear.
As far as being moisturising, this does the trick for me and addresses the few small areas of dryness I have. However, if you’ve got super dry skin, you may want to pair this with a slightly richer face cream. I can use it alone with no problems.
I can’t address the anti-wrinkle claims because I don’t have any lines that are deep enough to truly test it.
Where to buy?
Online Price: $5-12 USD
I’ve sourced this from several different places before. It’s getting increasingly popular, so you can get it from most reputable Korean skin care sellers. I picked this one up from BeautyNetKorea (f2plus one on eBay) for $5.90.
- Anyone looking to try snail cream for the first time (this is an excellent, cheap starter product)
- People with oily/combination skin (though there are always exceptions)
- Those who experience redness and hyper-pigmentation issues
- People with acne (if it’s severe, definitely check with your dermatologist before using a new product, though)
- People with acne scars (this should fade them)
- People who live outside of Asia and don’t like to shop online
- People with super dry skin (you might find it too light-weight)
- Anyone who doesn’t like to have to stock up often (45 mls goes really fast)
|Mizon Snail Recovery Gel|
Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is a great, inexpensive way for you to dip into the snail cream craze. It absorbs quickly, addresses hyper-pigmentation and fades scars. Additionally, it both treats and prevents my break outs. A skin-care staple for me!
|Retail Price: 10/10||Formula: 8/10||Efficacy: 9/10||Final Product: 9/10|
Have you ever tried snail cream before? Icky or awesome?