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These two products, when used together, really made a huge difference to my skin. I have been using these for close to a month now (2-3 times daily, depending if I’m back home on weekends early). There are many proven benefits of snail mucin found online so I shall skip that part of why it’s so awesome.
By the way, I believe in reviewing products after I have used it for a while, unless of course, I have an instant outbreak within 1-2 usage. Otherwise, I don’t find it’s justified to make a decision or claim within too short a period.
Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask
I started off with the sleeping mask because I was looking for 1. a snail mucin product, 2. something to look after my skin while I sleep. When one is sleeping, it is also when one’s body is regenerating cells. Within a couple of hours of research and reading reviews, I made up my mind to give Missha’s Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Sleeping Mask a shot. The reasons: point 1 & 2 above, plus it says cell renew. So I headed down to the store and got the full tube of 110ml at $31.29 (orig. $39.90) after a discount (20% I think). The texture is smooth and it smells like a cucumber cream, very subtle and I quite like it! Thank goodness too, because the thought of snail mucus on my face isn’t all that pleasant!
This mask is to be used after your daily skin care regime. Well, the SA at Missha did tell me to use this 2-3 times a week but I thought hey, it’s a sleeping mask right? I sleep nightly, so..yeah. Well, not only did it not cause break outs, it made me so happy with my skin within 1.5 weeks that I headed down to Missha and got the cream too!
Let me try and describe the results of this sleeping mask. After application, it’s absorbed very well. Doesn’t leave any residue (more like a sleeping cream than what you perceive a mask to be) and I find that it locks in whatever products I used before it, such that my skin gets the full benefits of my other creams and serums. The next morning, I wake up and of course my skin is oily (I have huge pores and oily skin to start with). But the difference is, in the past, my skin was oily but underneath the oil, there are flakes of dry skin! It’s just baffling. I guess that is what combination skin is about? Oil+flakes. Ughs. With this mask, my skin is PLUMPED and SUPPLE with NO flakes. And because it plumps up my skin, my pores are less obvious compared to my under-moisturized skin before. I wash my face with my daily cleanser and I’m like omg, why can’t my skin look like that for the rest of the day?
Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
So I went down to the store a second time and this time, GSS was on. The discount was (25%+5% rebate on next purchase). The cream cost me $44.72 (orig. $55.90) if I recall right. It comes with a 20ml travel size sleeping mask! Woohoo!
This cream comes in a tub of 47ml and there’s a spatula included so at least I won’t be contaminating the whole tub each time I use it. According to the SA, the sleeping mask contains only 20% snail mucin while the cream contains 70% of “the good stuff”! The cream smells very similar to the mask, subtle cucumber-ish smell, still very pleasant. A little goes a looooong way for me, with this cream. I literally use about a pea-sized amount for my whole face and sometimes there is leftover for my neck (Pea-size referring to the general green peas, not those super-sized any other peas). Once, I over applied and it really didn’t get absorbed even after waiting for 10min. So I use this cream with a very light hand, kind of like applying nail polish, thin first coat, then layer on when necessary. I pat, massage and dab it into my skin when possible (when not rushing for time) rather than rubbing it on my face. I find this helps the cream get into my pores better, and hence absorbed faster.
Naturally, I use this cream with the sleeping mask at night. The SA did tell me to use the cream in the morning and the sleeping mask at night. But again, I’m thinking, if they’re both so good and beneficial, why not use both to maximize the effect right? Thankfully, I didn’t breakout! My skin is in fact calmer and less patchy than before. I have red patchy looking skin on my face because my veins are visible through my skin. So my complexion looks uneven. Coupled with large pores and blackheads and oil and old pimple pigmentation, my skin was really crappy. Plus I like the sun very much and used to avoid sunscreen cos I didn’t like the texture, so yeah, my skin really was one huge mess.
Result after about one month of using these two products: my skin tone is evened out. I haven’t got a zit in nearly two weeks despite using more products and makeup! Skin is much softer and supple. It is much calmer than before and doesn’t get angry red patches from scrubbing or squeezing blackheads for a prolonged period. Any scars and pigmentation also lightened!
So here’s how my skin was before (graphic!):
Here’s how my skin is currently (different lighting, no makeup):
Will I get these again? Hell yeah! It’s my holy grail now. I’m probably gonna stock up before GSS ends!