COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is Skin Care that May Just Blow Your Mind
can an essence really blow your mind?An essence that is so good that it may just blow your mind? A little hyperbole, on this fine spring day perhaps, but the fact remains that essence is an integral part of my skin care routine and this essence, in particular is living up to it's promise.
why do I need an essence?
A good essence is like a vitamin shot for the skin. The thin, watery or gel like texture is a perfect early step to apply after cleansing and toning and before serums and moisturizers to bathe the skin in nourishing ingredients that can brighten and soothe, improve tone and texture while it boosts hydration and encourages that natural, healthy glow we all love.
so... what is it?
COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is comprised of 96% filtrate snail mucin, an ingredient that revitalizes, repairs and boosts elasticity and hydration of the skin. The texture is a silky, slightly elastic gel that spreads smoothly across the skin and drops in almost instantly leaving the skin feeling soft, plumped and lightly hydrated.
how do I use it?
After cleansing and toner, I dispense a pump into the palm of my hand, lightly rub my hands together then pat and press the essence into my skin. A little bit goes a long way, one pump per application is plenty. Some days, I apply one layer, others, especially if my skin feels especially dry and stressed, I'll apply additional layers, often alternating with a hydrating and cooling mist to drive additional, comforting moisture into my skin. After application, I can move right on to serums and moisturizer.
snail mucin... is it weird, smelly or slimy?
In a word, nope. I know that this is a concern, with a product that contains snail mucin but there is nothing to worry about. Although the gel does have a slightly "stringy" quality, it isn't gross... there is no odor and it doesn't feel slimy. I am extremely sensitive to texture and "slimy" is one I absolutely can not tolerate in skin care or food, for that matter. This lovely essence doesn't in the least bit trigger an adverse reaction from me.
What's in this Stuff, Anyway?
What's in this Stuff, Anyway?
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol.
are snails harmed or killed in the production of this essence?
From what I understand, no. Most snail mucin filtrate skin care products are produced in Korea where animal testing is illegal and skin care companies strive to make sure that any animal derived ingredients are collected in a more ethical manner. Modern collection techniques center on maximizing output of the mucin without stressing, hurting or killing the snails. This blog post has more details and additional information is a simple Google search away. I am going off of the most recent information available.
where to buy it and my bottom line
I bought my COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence from Ulta Beauty and it goes for a very reasonable $21.00 for 100 mL/3.38 fl oz. I like this essence; it makes my skin feel plumped, soothed and lightly hydrated and it's a perfect additional layer of moisture that my Sahara Desert dry skin so desperately needs and yeah, I have to say that this stuff kind of blows my mind. I will definitely be buying more, when this bottle runs out.
If you are oily to combo, this essence may supply just the right amount of moisture that your skin requires, especially under makeup. Oh, how I wish that I'd had essences, hyaluronic acid serums and other K Beauty style treats when I was struggling to properly care for my young, oily, unbalanced and acne strafed skin. I think that modern skin care products would have helped me so much, back then! You whippersnappers reading this have no idea how lucky you are to have all of these wonderful, innovative beauty products at your fingertips.
Have you tried this essence or any essence, for that matter? do you love them? Do they blow your mind? What are your favorites? I'm always open to try new things so please, enable me.
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