COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review
My first every Holy Grail... The COSRX 96 Snail Essence is the bomb.com and I will preach its virtues to just about anyone who will listen.
- Cuts the healing time of your blemishes by half!!!
- Not super sticky but enough sticky to know your using snail.
- Bottle lasts forever- all you need is one pump to cover your face.
- Absorbs into your skin well.
The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is an lightweight and easily absorbed essence that helps to recover and heal your skin. This product was my very first holy grail- I loved it the minute I used it but only realised just how rad it is when I experimented and stopped using it for two weeks. My skin took so much longer to heal and the blemishes were much redder than they had been when I was using it. So now I am finally writing a review on my favourite skincare product ever.
COSRX is a brand you very likely know by now- it hit the K-beauty world by storm in the last few years and hasn't stopped since. It is well known for its effective products that sell at affordable prices (we all know how expensive skincare can be..) without cutting back on all the good stuff. The brand focuses on using minimal ingredients in order to bring you an ingredient list that you can actually read. Their packaging reflect this- there are no frills, only the real deal.
"Formulated with 96% Snail Secretion Filtrate(Mucin), this essence protects the skin from moisture loss while keeping the skin texture smooth and healthy. This essence is created from nutritious, low-stimulation filtered snail mucin in order to keep your skin moisturized all day while bringing back your skin’s vitality. The filtered snail mucin replenishes and revitalizes nutrients with looking healthy skin." - COSRX website.
The essence comes in a tall 100ml bottle with a pump dispenser. It is a clear bottle, with minimal labelling- a simple black and yellow sticker on the front. The essence is clear and sticky, no surprises there given that it is made from 96% snail filtrate. It is sticky but absorbs well. It doesn't have any noticeable fragrance to it.
- I would recommend this beauty to everyone and everything. It is suitable for all skin types- including sensitive. It would work the best on blemish prone skin as it helps to heal, but is a wonderful moisturiser and emollient for any skin type.
How to use:
- To use after toner and before heavier serums/creams.
- Push down on the pump ONCE, putting the essence on your finger.
- Gently pat onto face.
I'm not kidding when I tell you that words do not describe the love I have for this 100ml bottle of pure goodness. I have been using it for just under a year now, using it morning and night without fail and I only needed to purchase a second bottle 2 months ago. Well, I actually made sure that I had my second bottle WELL in advance of completing the first because I couldn't bare the thought of day without it. I knew this essence was powerful from the get go but I only really understood just how great it is until I stopped using it in the middle of the year. Long story short- I had been too happy go lucky with adding new things into my routine and realised I didn't actually know what products were doing what. So I stripped back the routine to 3 (cleanser, toner and moisturiser and boy was it painful). After *not* using the COSRX 96 Snail Essence for one week, I noticed that my blemishes were taking twice as long to heal. I had been quite used to the faster healing time when I was using it but I hadn't realised that this snail essence was 95% responsible for that. I figured out pretty soon after that this essence was almost solely responsible for my three days top (hormonal acne) recovery time.
- Let me clarify what I'm referring to as recovery time and healing. For context, I typically suffer with hormonal acne now which can take up to 2 weeks to go away if they are bad enough. When I use the COSRX 96 snail essence, these pimples are noticeably less painful, less red and less tender to the touch. It does not heal them completely, but quickens the process of blemish healing during the (arguably) the most painful period, the beginning. It fastens the recovery time of regular acne much better and helps with scabbing.
The consistency of the essence is lightweight but is sticky- which may put off some buyers. Despite the initial stickiness, it absorbs into the skin very quickly without leaving a visible residue. It is surprisingly hydrating which makes it perfect for all skin types.
One of the best features of COSRX is the price tag of their products. Who knew that great quality skincare could be both good quality AND affordable. The COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence retails for 26NZD, 20USD.
INGREDIENTS: WHY THEY'RE THERE AND WHAT THEY DO.
Snail, snail and more snail. I'm honestly surprised that I have yet to extoll the virtues of snail on Farrellia because it is one of my absolute favourite ingredients. Much like centella, if something has snail in it, I want it. However I do believe that this essence is one of the best snail products on the market.
ANYWAY so the deal with snail as a skincare ingredient is huge regenerative qualities which aren't that surprising when you consider the snail itself. The ingredient in the COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is (96%) snail mucin filtrate or in other words, snail goo. Yes- the slimy stuff they leave on the concrete (but don't worry it is all very humane and also goes through a process of vigorous cleaning before it reaches your face). Snails are constantly traversing bumpy, painful and rocky terrain. It is the goo that protects them, nourishes them and keeps them from getting hurt. Put that on your face and it does the same sort of thing!
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Didn't do anything for me.
3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better for my skin type.
4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.
5/5: HOLY GRAIL STATUS.
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