The beauty world is a great wide mysterious place full of new adventures and experiences just waiting for us to explore. But exactly how much are you willing to push out of your comfort zone? As a beauty blogger I’m probably a bit more wild on this front than the average girl but I’ll tell you it took me quite a long time to decide that I was ready for snail.
Product: Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule
Key points: No artificial colours, fragrance or paraben, appears to be oil-free.
Range: Cleanser, Ampoule, Gel, Cream, BB Cream, Mist, Eye cream
Price: $35 CAD / 39000 won (though you can often get it cheaper)
Availability: eBay, Korea Depart
Would I repurchase: Undecided.
Yes, you heard me right this is a snail treatment for the skin. When I first expressed my love for the Mizon Snail Repair BB Cream (reviewed) many of you looked at me with bewildered expressions but a few of you informed me that the use of snail secretions has been around for decades in other parts of the world. I first happened upon this trend after seeing it popping up in Korean skincare in everything from treatments to creams and all kinds of repairing products. From what I’ve heard snail extract (from the slimy secretions they produce) has moisturizing and healing properties just like they do to help protect the delicate body of the snail.
Now I know you’re all wondering…
Is this slimy?
The quick answer is yes.
Does it smell like snail?
Not at all, maybe a hint of alcohol.
What if you get this in your mouth?
Doesn’t taste like anything, I’ve tried it.
With all those curiosities out of the way, let me continue… I found using this product to be very simple and easy to slip this into my daily skincare routine with causing major disturbances. It’s name as an “ampoule” might be a bit confusing as we tend to be familiar with ampoules as single use potent treatment “shots”. However I’ve found this term to be use much looser in Korean skincare, usually referencing something very similar to the feel of a serum or essence.