Like a multivitamin for your skin, COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence contains 96% snail mucin to nourish, repair, and plump with moisture.
After cleansing and toning, apply a small amount on your hands and gently pat the product onto the face, using fingertips to aid absorption. Follow with moisturizer.
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Arginine, Allantoin, Ethyl Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol.
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I haven't ordered this product from Ulta, but I purchased it from elsewhere, but I highly recommend this essence.
Please note, because this essence not formulated like a moisturizer, unless it's very humid or hot or you have normally hydrated skin, this will NOT be a replacement for your moisturizer. Essences are just additional hydrating steps BEFORE your moisturizer. Also, for sensitive skin types who react badly to AHA/Alpha Hydroxy Acids (i.e. lactic acid, glycolic acid, etc.), there's a potential chance for irritation as snail mucin has a very low dose of naturally occurring AHA. Allergies to shellfish/mollusks and dust mites may also not have the best reaction to snail mucin either.
Anyway, this stuff keeps my skin soft and is a protective step for the winter air for me currently. It also soothes my angry acne when I pick. It's also safe to put under the eye (test this before trying, of course), so I use it as an extra layer of moisture before my eye cream. I use four pumps which is one more pump than you really need, but I like a thick layer of this stuff. My skin just drinks it up. I spray Mario Badescu's Rosewater mist on my skin first, so it soaks in even faster.
I am 52 and have never been able to use any kind of anti-aging products, I'm getting a little desperate cause my skin is still oily and acne prone plus sensitive. This is light but sticky for 20-30 minutes, it plumps up your skin, it's nice, but it is breaking out my forehead. I'm keeping it to use around my eyes and my neck to see if it does any long term anti aging.
My skin looks smooth, refreshed and my wrinkles look less noticeable.
I would often see many people on different apps that would show their skincare routine and this being one of the products. They were very happy about the product and left their skin looking great so I decided to try it for myself and I love it so far.
To start of, I have sensitive combination to oily skin and I follow the skin cycling method. I've tried this for almost a month everyday. the first day it gave me a nice glow and hydrated skin, but then I noticed I started to get little bumps on my forehead and a couple of zits on my nose (my most oily area: the t-zone). I thought it was not the snail mucin and maybe I was purging from my retinol. However, the retinol actually calmed the bumps down and on my recovery days where I would apply this in the am and pm, I noticed the bumps to resurface. I've stopped using it now and the bumps on my forehead have gone away. I concluded that after all, as much as I wanted to like it, this product did not work for my skin. However, don't let this discourage you from trying it, it is hydrating and light in my opinion. My skin simply did not like it. Side note: this product does not cause purging do not believe people who say otherwise because it has no active ingredients such as BHA or retinol, so if this is breaking you out just cease use.
I was so excited to try this. I don't have sensitive skin and have tried different types of face products in the past and NOTHING has ever caused me to break out like this. Not just breakouts but PAINFUL, under skin breakouts. I wish it had worked out for me but this is definitely a no go
I have sensitive skin and it seems really gentle yet effective! Really helps to keep my skin barrier strong during these cold months!