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Friday, August 9, 2013

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer - Review

Another product, I acquired during Missha's semi-annual sale is the Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer. For the record, Missha does have frequent sales but I think their semi-annual sale is the best because pretty much the whole entire store is on sale. So if Missha is on your next list to try, be sure to subscribe with your email so that you get notification for the sales. They usually have specials for new customers.

What Missha says about this moisturizer
  • contains 40% snail slime extract, the key ingredient.
  • nail slime contains healing and regenerating properties such as collagen, glycolic acids, and antibiotics which are beneficial for the skin
Now, I'm not sure how everyone feels about the fact that this moisturizer contains snail secretion, which means that this isn't vegan. I have no idea of how it is processed, produced, or if it is cruelty free. I understand some of you are sensitive about these type of products and may strongly object. I've googled for some answers and didn't really find specific or detail information on how the slime is extracted. It is said that the snails are exposed to "safe mechanical stress" and that the slime is filtered several times to ensure purity before it is sent to cosmetic companies. The use of snail slime goes back centuries and have been used for treating wounds. 

I guess for me, I picked this moisturizer because I needed one and I was curious to find out if the slime does anything good for my skin.

  • Packaging exceeds my expectation. This bottle is huge and is going to last me a very long time! I'm impressed. I think the bottle is made of glass. It's quite heavy so be careful not to drop it or I think it will be disaster. The cap is either plastic or acrylic. And as you can see, it comes with a convenient pump. 
  • 130 ml, approximately 4.40 oz 

  • This moisturizer is more of a gel-like type. It has a milky but transparent color and it does look a bit like snail slime. Now if you can get past the slimy feel, it absorbs quickly without leaving a slippery or uncomfortable feeling behind. 
  • It has a soft, fresh, and herbal scent to it. Scent goes away fairly quickly. 
  • A little goes a long way. Two drops is enough for the entire face. It's not too thick or thin but feels light-weight. I wasn't kidding when I said this is going to last me forever. I might have to find other uses for it, like combine it with my hand cream. 
  • This moisturizer did a very good job at keeping my skin hydrated. I also noticed that I am less oily when I use it. I feel that it is suitable for all skin type. I have normal/combination oily skin 

Final Thought

This moisturizer gave me just the right amount of moisture and tough it doesn't claim to control oil. I noticed less shine on my forehead when I use it. It feels a bit slimy at first but it absorbs quickly and the scent isn't too overpowering, at least not for me. Overall, I do like it as a moisturizer. Do try it if you can get past the thought of spreading snail mucus on your face.

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $33.99
Availability: Missha

What are your thoughts about snail slime being used in skincare?


  1. Thanks for sharing. Great review.

  2. Hmmm I'm interested and that is a big bottle! I like the idea of a gel texture.

    1. Yes, that is a huge bottle and since you don't even need much to use it on the face, it's going to last a very long time. I like gel texture too. It absorbs faster and doesn't make me feel oily.

  3. Sounds AMAZING! I really love the packaging and the contents of it sound really nice for a normal moisturizer :)

    1. I got such a good deal during the semi-annual sale that I couldn't pass it up :D


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