Let’s talk about snail (or its slime) and why it suddenly became one of the most sought-after ingredients for many skincare products. I did some research aka Google-d shit and what do you know? – Snail slime actually contains a lot of skin benefits!
The snail slime (or snail filtrate) is packed with nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein, and antimicrobial and copper peptide. It’s also best known for its anti-aging properties that help stimulate the formation of collagen and elastin, soothe skin, repair damaged tissues and restore hydration. Snail filtrate can also be used to treat dry skin, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne, age spots, burns, and scars.
Seriously, I did not know that snail contain or is able to do this many amazing things!
But even before I knew any of this, I was already in love with the one and only snail-based product that I have ever tried in my life—a facial soap that I bought from a local brand years ago, which I think is sadly, no longer in business now.
So because I want another snail-based product in my stash and I needed a new facial cleanser, anyway, I opted for this Mizon Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser.
Unlike all the other foamy cleansers that I’ve tried before, this wasn’t stripping or drying. I definitely did not feel it removing every trace of life aka moisture out of my face which is definitely a good thing.
After more than 2 months of everyday use, I didn’t get any breakouts (because of this, anyway) and I didn’t get/notice any dryness or flakiness after every use or due to continuous use. It just cleanses my face, making it super soft and smooth and nice to the touch—and I absolutely love it!
Although, this is not a cleanser that could be used to remove makeup as it’s not “strong” enough for that purpose. I personally only use this as a second cleanser in my PM routine, right after my cleansing balm or micellar water—depends on which I prefer to use on that particular day.
The only things that I didn’t like about this are the scent (reminds me of plastic balloon—if you’re from the PH, you’d most likely imagine what I mean) and the fact that it has a pH level of 8. The first thing, though, wasn’t a super big deal because the smell isn’t overpowering and doesn’t linger.
But the second one is a bit of a deal breaker for me. In case you’re not aware, high pH levels in cleansers are bad as bacteria tend to grow on wide ranges of pH—meaning, you’d be more prone to breakouts. Thankfully, my sensitive and acne-prone skin didn’t have any negative reaction to this which is a good thing but I’m definitely not repurchasing.
For the most part, this is a wonderful cleanser. But because of the high pH, I was seriously turned off. Now I’m back to scouring the web for another snail-based facial wash to try. 😥