If you’re not wearing snails, you’re not doing skincare.
I have no problem experimenting with unusual ingredients on my skin. A bird’s nest mask for one evening and a placenta mask for the next. There seems to be something new and amazing coming out every month that is going to revolutionize your whole routine within its first use. One of the gimmicky-sounding products to come out and actually prove its benefits is the humble little snail.
COSRX is my go to for my sensitive skin routines, I picked up their Advanced Snail 92 All in One Cream a while ago. Snail comes with a few promises: anti-aging, hydration, and damage protection. It’s supposed to stimulate the skin to form collagen, protect from free radicals, repair damage and on and on and on. Now that I’ve been using it for a few months I’m ready to give it a full review so let’s get into it!
COSRX describes this as:
Made with all-natural domestic 92% snail secretion filtrate, the Advanced Snail 92 All In One
Cream acts to prevent aging and promote a healthy, rejuvenated skin while keeping in the hydration of a snail cream.
This product is a thicker cream version of their sister product, the Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. The cream contains 92% snail secretion filtrate combined with a few emollients and occlusives to bind it together for a stable cream. If you want an even more minimal ingredient product and even more snail power than you’ll prefer the Advanced Snail 96 essence.
Ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate, betaine, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, sodium hyaluronate, cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, arginine, dimethicone, carbomer, panthenol, allantoin, sodium polyacrylate, xanthan gum, ethyl hexanediol, adenosine, phenoxyethanol
If you’ve had previous reactions to snail related products on the pass obviously do not use this! CosDna has a few red flags for acne; Cetearyl alcohol(2), Stearic acid(2), and Dimethicone(1). Two for potential irritation; Cetearyl alcohol(2) and Carbomer(1). All these are relatively low for the acne and irritant scale, so most users aren’t likely to have any reactions.
The cream comes in a stackable jar with a screw lid. When opened, there is a plastic lid protecting the product and a little spoon for scooping the product out. If you have issues with sanitation, this is plenty to keep your cream relatively germ-free. The only con for me in the packaging is it can be hard to open if my hands have moisture from previous steps in my routine.
The cream itself is very obviously snail. It’s goopy, smooth, and super sticky. There is no scent to the slightly translucent white cream. The slimy texture is easy to spread across the face without any pulling. When applied, there is a bit of stickiness left behind but no shine. I have combination skin, and after consistent use, I can confidently say this will work well on oily, normal, and dry skin types. The hydration it supplies is not too greasy and could benefit all dehydrated skin.
How to use:
1. After cleansing, at the last step of your basic care, apply an adequate amount to the face, dividing up the portions and applying each small portion to different areas. Lightly tap the area to help absorption.
2. Gently massage the whole face using your palms about 2-3 times to ensure full absorption.
Note: My brows were filled in differently (arched in the before, straight in the after) and I am not lifting them in either photo
Does it actually do anything? Well, for me absolutely! I’ve started get a few fine lines on my forehead and after consistent use for ~4 months they are hardly noticeable. Now, this is in combination with the OST Pure Vitamin C 21.5 serum (review here) so my results are really a cocktail of the two.
My skin loves this stuff. It feels bouncier, hydrated, and happy. I’ve found it to be most beneficial as the first step in my night moisturizing routine, right after cleansing, using a quarter-sized amount on my face and neck absorbs in an instant. I can easily skip it a night without any difference, but if I skip this for multiple days there is a noticeable dehydration in my skin. The jar itself is ~ $16USD for 100ml of product. I’m about half way through my jar with almost once a day use over 4 months.
If you are looking to add snail to your routine or replace your snail cream for something with fewer additives, give this a try!