Mizon’s Snail Recovery Gel Cream was a product that I wanted to try once I learnt of Mizon as a brand. I regard this product as a gateway to the snail creams that are so popular in Korean skincare. The thing is, I’m not sure how my skin will take to the snail secretion filtrate ingredient and I don’t want to spend so much money on a product which will break me out. Because this product is relatively cheap, I just picked it up to try. If my skin likes it, great! If it doesn’t, then it won’t be too expensive a mistake for my wallet. After using this product on and off for around a few months, I think that I’m ready to provide my verdict on it.
As usual, ingredients are below for your reference.
Snail secretion filtrate. butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, bis-peg-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, carbomer, glycosyl trehalose, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, triethanolamine, dimethicone, hydroxyethylcellulose, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium polyacrylate, centella asiatica extract, portulaca oleracea extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, nelumbo nucifera flower extract, betula platyphylla japonica juice, tropolone, copper tripeptide-l, allantoin, panthenol, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, adenosine, disodium EDTA
How does the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream fare?
When I searched online for reviews on this product, there were pretty divided views on it. Some professed their undying love for it while others claimed that it did nothing for them or even broke them out. This left me feeling a little uncertain since I’m not quite sure on the kind of results that it would produce on my skin. My skin is generally not very sensitive but it will break out in response to random unexpected ingredients. Hence I’m always a little apprehensive if a certain product contains a new ingredient which my skin wasn’t exposed to before.
This product is supposed to be a gel based moisturiser. However, I don’t really think that it provides enough moisture for my combination dry skin and using more of it just results in “rolling” or “flaking” once I top my sunscreen over it. Usually for my other moisturisers, I could easily add in a few drops of facial oil to remedy that problem (of not being moisturising enough), but I tried mixing facial oil with this product and it was an absolute disaster! It totally doesn’t mix well with oil at all! That’s mainly the reason why I used this product on and off. It’s because I couldn’t find a way to make it work for me. Then one day when I’m home from work and feeling absolutely drained and just wanting to go through my evening skincare routine quickly, I applied a very thick layer of this product after washing my face and went to sleep. Surprisingly it works! My skin actually looks pretty good the next day. So for me, I found that the best way I can work this product into my routine is to use it as a sleeping pack of sorts in the night. After I applied all my serums, I can just apply a thick layer of this product and go to sleep.
I find that the main benefits of this product wasn’t in providing moisture since it doesn’t do that well enough for my skin. What it does incredibly well is in wound healing. Yes! Are you surprised? I remembered one time when I’ve got a slight scratch on my face and I applied this gel over it at night. The next morning, the scratch had healed and was barely noticeable. I was curious and I tried to apply it to an insect bite on my arm to see if it would work. And yes! It does work! My insect bite wound actually stopped being itchy and the redness went down. Being that it is quite good for anti-inflammatory purposes, I also find that if I have any small pimples, using this product will allow them to heal faster and without much fuss. Whenever I see any potential pimples forming (you know the small kind when it’s just starting to turn red), I would use this product and the pimple would flatten and heal fast. The best part is that it could do all that without being drying for my skin unlike conventional acne fighting ingredients. Quite cool! I like this product so much for this purpose that I’ve already bought 2 more in my backup stash. And that is the ultimate proof of my love – a repurchase!
Where can you find it?
I bought this product from iHerb online. It retails for S$11.66 online (45 ml sized). I believe that you can get this product at a cheaper price elsewhere but there’s no guarantees on the authenticity of the product.
Side Note: Get 5% or 10% off your next order with iHerb by using my code HLV042!
Thank you for reading!