The one thing that some people like to point out about Asian beauty is the “weird” factor. Snail mucin is an Asian beauty ingredient that has drawn attention for being “icky” and “weird.” Don’t quite understand the turnoff considering people eat snails and mollusk all the time, but to each their own! I quite enjoy the effects that snail mucin has on my face, with its promise of softer, more hydrated skin, while promoting healing. What better way to test out the benefits of snail than picking the snail essence that the internet has been raving about nonstop?
CosRX has earned its place as an internet favorite, their snail essence being on of their claim to fame products. I wanted this product to help me understand the hype around snail, and I was not disappointed. What I got was skin that felt softer, looked smoother and recovered from breakouts faster.
What it’s supposed to do: Provide hydration, revitalize skin, fight acne scars, aid in skin recovery.
Skin types that would benefit: All skin types, acne prone skin, seems rather safe for sensitive skin.
How to use: Apply to face after cleansing steps and before moisturizing. Although the name has “essence” in it, I consider it more a serum (the technicality in the naming doesn’t really mean much in this instance, just put it on your face)
One thing I love about this brand is the size of their products and affordability. While CosRX is a midrange line that is priced a little higher than most drugstore products, this 100ml bottle typically runs for around $18~ and it lasts me whileeeeeee. CosRX isn’t going to win a cute packaging award (although they do have a rather enduring mascot, Mr RX) but it’s simplistic and I can appreciate the hygienic pump action bottle.
I’ve been using this product for a solid two years and I’ve worked my way through two and a half bottles. The spreadable texture allows me to use only one pump to cover my face. CosRX boasts that their essence contains 96% snail secretion filtrate, which no doubt contributes to the jelly-like and tacky texture.
Looking at the ingredient list, this serum clearly has one job – to be the snailest thing sitting on your counter. It’s not loaded with all sorts of different ingredients to be flashy, which I appreciate. No crazy promises, just snail.
So What Did My Face think?
This product makes me happy because it makes my skin feel super soft. I also found it to be useful on my elbows, which get easily irritated. Using this on my elbows calms the bumps down and clears up rough, patchy skin.
I try my best to keep my skin hydrated since my skin can get rather imbalanced. This essence is on the more hydrating side without having a heavy feeling. The skin softening abilities of this product are what get me the most. After consistent use for a month, my skin was noticeably more bouncy and felt softer to the touch. I also noticed that the big red spots I give myself from picking at acne healed faster. When I end up causing damage to my face from picking at it (some habits die hard) it’d usually take 2-3 weeks for my face to heal. Using this daily has cut that time in half. Of course, the lesson here would be to avoid the situation entirely and just stop picking at my face. Oh well!
When I first started using this product I was using too much on my face, which made it sit without really absorbing and felt tacky. Turns out two pumps is way too much and now that I’m using only one pump it sinks down in a matter of seconds.
Some people claim that snail helps to greatly reduce their wrinkles, using it as an anti-aging treatment. I’m not saying that it won’t help fight wrinkles, but if you’re not normally moisturizing then you will see a reduction of wrinkles as this product helps to moisturize and plump the skin.
Overall, I really enjoy this product. It moisturizes, helps give me a dewy look, and speeds up the recovery of active irritation. Boom. Those are my three big concerns right there. Will it make wrinkles disappear? I don’t think any more than normal moisturizing would (you’d have to hit the actives for some serious anti-aging benefits.) Will it brighten your complexion? Not as much as it will make you look dewy. Is it still a staple in my arsenal and did I freak out when I left this at my mom’s house? Absolutely.
- Great at providing an extra bit of moisture while being light weight
- Chasing the dew? This will help you get there
- Skin feels so soffttttt