Snail extract has been rapidly gaining popularity as a powerful skincare ingredient for a few years now. It is an extremely popular skincare ingredient in South Korea and has in recent years, trickled over to Western beauty products as well.
I had been thinking about getting snail gel for a while but I was hesitant to add one more product to an already elaborate skincare routine. I don’t struggle to keep my skin hydrated and don’t have any anti-aging concerns.
What finally sold me is it’s complex mixture of glycolic acid, protein, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and other beneficial elements, I was especially interested in the hylaluronic acid and glycolic acid.
Disclaimer : I initially said on this blog that I would buy and review Dr organics brand of snail gel, but I opted out because it has too many other bio active ingredients whilst I wanted something that allows snail gel to play a starring role.
They’re not too many products with glycolic acid in Nairobi and I was curious to investigate if glycolic exfoliates and unplugs pores as well as salicylic acid does, not just for the sake of it but because glycolic is pregnancy safe while salicylic isn’t, and who doesn’t want clear skin when they’re pregnant? Just to be clear, I’m not pregnant.
What I found out about glycolic acid from using snail gel cream and also Neutrogena’s rapid clear toner, is that it does little to nothing for active acne. It however, visibly sheds dead skin, if you have raised black spots on your skin they will literally fall off.
Now back to the snail gel cream (I call it that because it has a gel cream consistency rather than the gel consistency I had envisioned), it combines the brightening effects of glycolic with the hydrating effects of hylaluronic acid while at the same time being anti inflammatory. I’ve used it to soothe my skin after using retin-A and vitamin C, with retin-A I prefer to apply snail gel first then the retin-A a few minutes after.
The gel cream sinks in better than anything I’ve ever tried. I suspect that’s thanks to the hylaluronic acid component but I would have to try another face cream with hylaluronic acid to confirm.
On it’s own it makes for a great night cream. If you’re oily skinned like me, be careful not to over saturate your skin with product as it may break you out.
Current night time routine
If I had drier skin I would wear it as a day cream too underneath my sunscreen and makeup. To sum it all up, snail gel cream is the best thing I never knew I needed.
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