Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream Review
Snail products are pretty big in the K-Beauty world and for good reason. There are several benefits to using skincare with snail mucin but the big one is its ability to heal your skin. These days, I have less active acne and am dealing with post acne recovering (scarring) so I will use just about anything that claims to have snail mucin in it. Enter the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream.
- Very versatile product- can be used as a light daytime moisturiser, recovery cream or as a serum in your routine.
- Very light consistency.
- *Perfect as a day time moisturiser for oily skin types in summer.*
- Slightly tacky residue left on your skin.
- Crazy affordable!
Containing 74% snail filtrate, the Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Recovery Gel Cream isn't messing around. This is still super refreshing to see, I'm used to Western products claiming that they use some magical ingredient but then when you actually check the ingredient list, it's right at the bottom.
The gel is designed to heal your skin, or as in the name, to help 'recover' it. Generally speaking, you are supposed to use this in place of your cream or moisturiser to help seal in all the goodness you just applied to your skin.
I've found that there is a multitude of ways you can use this gel- as a light daytime moisturiser, a recovery gel for sunburn or as an occlusive before your final cream. From experience, I would not use this as a night time cream simply because it is not nourishing enough for my PM routine but more on that below. I love using this as an AM moisturiser in summer because it helps reduce the oil, making my skin feel so much fresher and nicer.
It comes in a squeezable pink and white 45ml tube with a really cute snail design on it- although admittedly I only noticed the snail design about a week into using it (oops). The gel itself is translucent but as you would expect, very much a gel and not a cream. The texture is quite tacky on your skin but it does not leave any visible residue but I find that by applying SPF on afterward, the tackiness is no longer a problem. The smell is virtually non-existent and so it shouldn't be a problem for sensitive skin.
- First and foremost, I would recommend the Snail Recovery Gel those with an oily skin type. My reasoning for this is because it makes for a really great light day-time moisturiser in the summer time. It is currently summer where I live and if you have oily skin you will know the struggle well. This gel is hydrating enough for the daytime without adding to the oil as the day goes on. Otherwise, I would also recommend this gel for anyone dealing with sunburn or scarring!
How to Use:
As mentioned, there are a plethora of ways to use this recovery gel. Whether you use this as a daytime moisturiser in summer or as a treatment the method will be more or less the same.
- Squeeze a dime size amount of gel onto your finger. It doesn't spread very well so you will need enough to get it across your face.
- If you are using it as a treatment, tap it onto areas of concern.
- If you are using it as a moisturiser in the daytime, tap it onto your entire face after your skincare routine and before your SPF.
- If you are using it as an occlusive in the evening, apply after your serum and before your night cream.
I had originally heard of this product from Morgan (The Beauty Breakdown) because she had discussed it in so many of her skincare routine videos. Now, this girl has near enough flawless skin so I will probably try just about anything she strongly recommends. She mostly uses it as a light morning moisturiser which sounded like a pretty fab idea to me considering it was just heading into winter at the time of receiving this product. I was a little cautious about it, as Morgan has dry skin and I have oily skin so I wasn't sure how it would work out for me. I will admit, it wasn't love at first sight but when I went away for a couple of days it was the only daytime moisturiser I bought with me. This forced me to use it every morning which turned out to be a very good idea. Now, I won't be using any other morning moisturiser until these hot and long summer days begin to cool down.
As mentioned, I like to use the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream as my day-time moisturiser in the summer. I do get the feeling that come winter, I will need something more nourishing but for the hot months, this gel has been such a life saver for my oily skin! I hadn't actually realised there was such a drastic difference in the oiliness of my skin until I went back to my trusty Olay moisturiser that I have used for literal years now. I have never had a problem with that cream but felt significantly oilier when I used that again last week. I wasn't up to much that day, so a few hours later I rinsed my face with cold water (it was so hot you guys) and applied the Mizon Gel. Instant relief. On top of it helping to keep oil at bay for longer, it is also very soothing. It is designed to help recover your skin from any burns, blemishes or scabs and it genuinely does that. Most of my nighttime skincare products aim to restore my skin and fade acne scars- the Mizon Gel has been a welcome addition that really does its part in helping reclaim my skin. Whilst it is not a miracle worker (no skincare products are) I have found that it definitely helps boost the repairing of your skin. It helps reduce some of my redness in the morning and the gel itself always feels cooling when you apply it, making it perfect for summer months.
When you apply it onto your skin, it is slightly tacky to touch but does not leave a visible residue on your skin. Considering this is snail slime, I expected the stickiness but it doesn't linger for very long. I find that this gel actually has a mattifying effect which is in part due to its 'sealing' abilities. It is also a pretty thick consistency so but is super light and easily spreadable. It also begins to melt with the warmth of your hands, it is much easier to spread so I would suggest rubbing it with your fingers before applying to your face.
- I actually received this little fella courtesy of a New Zealand K-Beauty online store called Korean Kiwi Beauty. A few months ago, I discovered KKB when they followed my personal instagram. This was long before I had even considered making a website so I was pretty stoked and excited to see a new K-Beauty store in NZ! Fast forward a few months, and I make a brief post on my instagram about my new website. KKB notice this and offer to send me something from their shop in support of my new blog. They said that I didn't need to talk about them at all, but they were so lovely- how could I not? If you live in Auckland the shipping takes between 1-2 days so it was super speedy. I was completely over the moon (and still am) so thank you so much for supporting me! This is not a sponsored post, nor was I paid to write this post.
I'm still a little surprised about how cheap this gel is. It is insanely affordable and considering how effective it is, it's also a complete steal. The Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream retails for 14NZD and 8USD, depending on where you buy it from. Amazon lists it as being 8USD, but Peach & Lily are selling it for 18USD. Yikes. Always make sure you look around before buying pals! I always list a couple of options that I find but you are by no means limited to where I suggest. It will last you forever (in fact it is more likely to expire, especially if you are using it specifically for the summer time like me) so I wouldn't mind paying more for it but 8USD is a very, very good deal.
ingredients: what they're for and what they do:
The key ingredient here is, you guessed it, 74% Snail Filtrate! The term, 'Snail Filtrate' is simply snail goo that has been harvested in a cruelty-free way from a species of snail breed specifically for the purposes of skincare. Snail mucin has been used for centuries in skincare because of its ability to renew your skin. This means that it not only helps to heal your active blemishes but your post acne scars and general health of your skin too. If you think about snails, it all makes total sense. These little fellas are gliding over things such as like rocks and potentially even glass so they need a way of protecting and renewing their bodies on the go. Transfer this healing power onto your face, and it's a match made in heaven (so long as they are not being harmed in the process of course).
Another interesting ingredient that I have recently learned about is Copper Tripeptide-1. Copper Tripeptide-1 is a small protein composed of three amino acids and is apart of your bodies emergency response molecules that are released to help heal your body. They are immensely helpful and adept at healing wounds as they have been found to accelerate the process. It is also great at 'tissue remodeling' which means that it helps to restore damaged tissue to its original purpose and function. If you look at this in terms of skincare, then it is ideal for helping to heal scarring and sunburn! If you are interested in this funky science, check out this article all about it here.
It also has a bunch of ingredients designed to keep your skin hydrated such as Hyaluronic Acid and Olive Oil. Hyaluronic Acid is this unreal substance that can seriously retain moisture- one gram of hyaluronic acid can actually hold up to 6 litres of water! It is perfect for all skin types because it is a really light substance but packs a hydration punch. Olive Oil is also an amazing ingredient because it is an essential fatty acid. It naturally contains antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Vitamin A which are great and keeping your skin happy and healthy.
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
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. This is so perfect for using in the hotter months!
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