Hanbang Mein Cosmetics Snail Aqua EGF Sleep Cream // 한방미인 달팽이 아쿠아 이지에프 슬립 크림
I was buying a gift at a korean cosmetics counter and the salesgirl gave me a bunch of samples to try for my dry skin (I know, even in the summer). One of them being this sleep cream that has snail extracts. Kinda grossed me out at first at the sound of it, but when she put some of the product on my hand for texture, I was in awe. This translucent cream applies smoothly, is rich without being thick. Felt really light and super moisturizing.
I started using it immediately that night after my usual night time skincare routine (cleanser, toner, moisturizer). Even though I added this skincare step on top of the usual (night cream i use is Origins and it’s pretty rich), it didn’t feel like I had too much product. That was confirmed when I woke up in the morning with no breakouts! Usually when my skin has too much product, I breakout really easily.
Apparently, the new trend in skincare is Snail Extracts. Snail extracts are said to consist of unique benefactors for beautiful and healthy skin, including collegen, elastin, allantonin, glycolic acid, vitamin E, protein, etc. Another great thing about it is that it’s great for acne + acne scars. The snail enzymes keep the skin moisturized whereas other acne treatments can leave the skin dried out and flaky. The product claims to be rich, moisturizing, great for acne, anti-aging as it has regenerative properties, and more…
The only downside to the product is that they have a shorter shelf life compared to others since its made of such a natural ingredient. To keep the cream as fresh & uncontaminated as possible, it comes in a pump packaging where you press the top and the product is pushed up through a small hole – pretty smart! :)
Packaging - at 30ml the product is kept unexposed to light, bacteria because it’s in a pump-up form. It’s in a gold exterior which gives it a luxurious feel but the weight is lighter than expected.
Color/Odor/Texture - it is translucent, lightly scented and glides on smoothly. You can feel that it’s rich + creamy but not in a typical “night cream” sort of way. It’s lightweight and soothing.
Price - I got this from a korean cosmetic counter in Toronto. She said the regular price is $49 but gave it to me for $39. This was unexpected because I assumed the priced would be in the $60-80 range. When I went to the brand’s website, they were selling for 70,000won, which is around $60CAD.
Overall - I know there are lots of other brands out there with night creams that use snail extracts but this has been amazing so far. I love the texture, the lightly perfumed scent, the moisture it gives me skin and the price. The cream didn’t remind me of snail goo at all – just felt like a very moisturizing gel.
Have you guys tried any snail products?
Some Helpful Reads:
- Fellow blogger’s review on the product – in Korean
- Snail Extract trend in skincare