A few months ago I blogged about the latest and greatest skincare craze in Korea: snail creams (read it here). True to my word, a month or so later I purchased the Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Gel Cream and slathered it on my face without qualm.
The texture is a clear viscous gel that is quite slimy and sticky (I’m guessing that’s the snail slime?). The slimy texture remains after applying and massaging onto the skin.
Even though it’s slimy, it does get absorbed into my skin over night, and adequately hydrates my oily skin. There were some brightening and pore tightening effects which I was rather pleased with, but not significant enough for others to notice.
But…. and this is a big BUT – whilst I can tolerate the slimy texture, I just cannot stand the smell. Ughh the smell! The gel has a synthetic floral fragrance at first whiff which I dislike, but again can tolerate as long as it doesn’t cause any allergic reactions (which it didn’t). The unbearable part that comes later is the waft of saliva smell. I tried holding my breath which actually made it worse, as I end up with a noseful of the scent once I (inevitably) had to start breathing again. So I take small shallow breaths when applying this. After 2 months of it, I had to give it up cos I was NOT going to get used to the smell.
If it wasn’t for the smell, I would probably at least finished the jar as I was reasonably pleased with the results.
Being the eternal optimist for eternal youth, I have not given up on snail creams just yet. Next I shall try Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, which I received a couple of sample sachets for, and later down the track Elishacoy Skin Repair Snail Cream.
Secret Key Snail + EGF Repairing Gel Cream retails for about AUD$25 and is available on Gmarket and Ebay.
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