Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snail Slime on Your Face?! Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask

At this point I'm sure you know that I'm willing to try just about anything where face masks are concerned. At the end of last year I wrote about Dr. Jart's Water-Ful Hydrogel Mask which did very little for me, whereas many of my favorite cream masks are absolute god sends particularly when the temperature drops anywhere below forty degrees. When I received February's International Style Glossybox and discovered that it contained a Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask I was over the moon. Though the rest of the content's in this month's box weren't terribly exciting, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test this undeniably unique skin care innovation.

Missha describes the mask as follows: "Moisturizing and skin reconstructing mask with an innovative formula of full vital Snail Slime Extract." Though this description may cause those with more delicate stomachs to involuntarily gag, snail slime is the next big thing in the beauty world. Snail's are apparently gifted with the ability to heal incredibly quickly all thanks to their much sought excretion. Missha's Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask contains 5% snail slime extract, and from what I understand the snails themselves are fed red ginseng to encourage the production of quality slime. Though this could be the next beauty "snake oil," the mask itself is incredibly moisturizing and brightening though I'm not enough of a scientist to guarantee that this is due entirely to the excretion of our friends the gastropods. 

Before I even applied the mask, the first unique trait I noted was the instruction suggesting that the mask be left on between twenty to forty minutes which is considerably longer than many of Super Aqua's sheet mask counterparts. The mask itself is made up of two parts: a chin piece that traces the jaw line and rests mid way up the cheek, and an eye, nose and forehead piece that covers the rest of the face. Though many sheet masks I've tried have been linen, this mask is made of a gel material that seems to adhere more to the skin as the liquid it holds is absorbed.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Ceratonia Silqua Gum, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Lactobacillus Ferment, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed oil, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum)

Immediately after removal (I left the mask on for roughly thirty minutes) I noticed an marked improvement in the brightness and complexion of my skin. After thirty minutes in a sheet mask, my face was also left undeniably more moisturized. But ... the next day I discovered a small breakout on my forehead. Given the fact that I'm incredibly careful when I test products to only use one new item at a time, I can be certain that something about Missha's Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Hydro-Gel Mask did not agree with me. I'm sure it's not the snail slime that was the culprit, though the uniqueness of the ingredient certainly has me wondering!

Have you tried beauty's next big thing, snail slime in skin care? What were your thoughts.