I first got Missha’s Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream (what a glorious mouthful) as a sample I stumbled across on Amazon. Those five little sachets lasted me a good couple weeks, since I applied sparingly. But then they were gone. And I wanted more. That’s when it happened. I made my first purchase of a full-size product I had sampled. And it was good.
At first I contemplated just investing in a ton of samples. But after seeing how gorgeously packaged the actual product was, I couldn’t resist splurging. It’s so… elegant. I bought the set, which includes a deluxe travel-size tube of the Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask.
Contains snail mucin (70% in cream, 15% in mask)
For acne, scars, uneven tone and wrinkle care
From the MisshaUS website:
Containing Snail Slime Extract and Botanical Stem Cell, this cream renews and triggers the regeneration of skin. Also, Baobab Tree ingredient and Deep Sea Water Complex provides abundant amount of moisture onto the skin.
I’m all about the snails right now. Snail mucin has been a huge thing in Korea (and Europe and some South American countries) for awhile, but it’s slowly trickling its way Stateside. I know, I know. If you’re totally unfamiliar with snail slime and are hearing about it for the first time, you’re probably making some sort of disgusted face. If that’s the case, I’m going to have to tell you to sack up and quit being such a girl. It is seriously not gross at all. Promise. I’ve used a ton of snail products and unless you’re explicitly told what’s in them, you would never know.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding snail mucin right now, and also a lot of skepticism. Snail mucin is reported to have a bunch of healing properties. Its uses include combating acne, evening skin tone, and reducing scarring and wrinkles. However, there’s not a ton of scientific studies backing up those claims. Yet. But I found it absolutely lovely on my skin, and I found so many glowing reviews around the internet. I imagine those people who are bitching about it or skeptical for whatever reason are those that are grossed out/afraid to try it, or are against animal cruelty. Snail mucin is “mechanically stressed” from the generous snails. That sounds harsh and unpleasant, but Missha claims the snails used for their products are unharmed, and are fed red ginseng. I don’t know about you, but if I was a snail, I’d be all up on your slime receptacle for some red ginseng. Also escargot is delicious. Just throwing that out there.
So, as you can see, the Snail Cream is a lightweight creamy gel, with a very watery consistency. A little goes a long way, seriously. It also has a very pleasant cucumber scent, which is super refreshing. Not snaily at all. It is one of my favorite product scents ever.
This stuff absorbs incredibly fast, and isn’t oily or greasy at all. I think people often use this cream in the morning after the rest of their skincare regimen, but I like to put it on at night. Your skin heals and regenerates best when your body is resting, so I personally like to think it’s more effective. Yes, yes, the Sleeping Mask is for that purpose, you say. I know. And I’ll throw in a little blurb about that also. Here.
The Sleeping Mask. Much like the Snail Cream, but specified for nighttime. It’s nice. But I do like the cream much better. The Sleeping Mask is a thicker cream, not a lightweight gel like the Snail Cream. Confused yet? Hey, I didn’t name these things. Anyway, you can definitely feel this one on your face, unlike the cream which almost instantly absorbs. I also woke up with super oily skin from it, so I don’t use it very often. Lastly, the Sleeping Pack only contains 15% snail mucin, while the Snail Cream contains 70%. And of course, you can go crazy and use both at once. If you’re into that.
Pros: Super hydrating, lightweight and non-greasy. Absorbs quickly. It makes my skin feel healthy, supple and smooth when I wake up in the morning. And it has made spots and scars on my face fade away. It’s not a miracle cream, you won’t see results overnight… but I’d say you probably will in a week or so.
Cons: I don’t have any issues with the Snail Cream. The Sleeping Mask is a bit too much for me, but it might be good on other skin types. Don’t be afraid to try it!
Final Verdict: I love the Snail Cream. Obviously enough to buy the full-size product. It is seriously great and I highly recommend it, but it’s a bit spendy so I’d suggest getting some samples on Amazon or eBay first. I purchased the set of both the cream and the sleeping mask for around ~$40 USD on Amazon, and before that I bought some samples on eBay for cheap.