Friday 14 November 2014

Snail Slime(y) Selfies!

From my trip to Korea in the summer, I’d picked up some of their more ‘unique’ beauty products to try.  Read about it here.

So when I was with my mama and sisters, we decided to put the ‘Snail Slime Face Mask’ to the test!

There were plenty to chose from in Seoul but I’d selected the Missha ‘Hydro Gel’ one with 5% snail slime extra to “moisturise, soothe and regenerate” skin. Apparently snail slime contains natural healing and regenerative properties when applied to skin - helping it to recover from skin damage and strengthen it.

According to the Missha website: “Snail slime is a very precious ingredient since the amount of snail slime secreted from a snail for 6 hours is only 1g.”

From a bit of (online) research, it seems even the ancient Greeks used snail slime:

"Snail mucin extract is a complex blend of proteins, glycolic acids and elastin. It has been recognized for many years-as far back as Ancient Greece-as an ingredient that reduces inflammation. The extract is renowned for its regenerative properties, and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring." Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D.

The instructions were simple - and even in English! 

We armed ourselves with spritzers and set about sampling this beauty trend.

The soft fabric masks were mounted on thin plastic to make them (relatively) easy to remove and identify which part was for the top and bottom of your face.

They were very cool and soothing on your skin without any smell - a lovely feeling after a day of kite surfing in the Spanish sun!

Though perhaps not the most attractive look…Freddie Krueger may have some competition!

We helped each other smooth out the edges and paused for a few selfies... 

....before talking our drinks and slimey faces to the sofas where we had 40 minutes to let the mucin do its magic.

I have to say - I love it! I’ve used them a few times since and my skin always feels so soft and healthy afterwards. I’m always nervous about trying new products on my skin in case I had a reaction but these are perfect for me…I’m bulk-buying next time I’m back in Korea!

Highly recommend a try, providing the idea of snail slime doesn’t freak you out! At least you don’t have to do it the Japanese way…

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