Okay, so I’ve read and heard about snail masks from fellow beauty bloggers and the ladies from Buzzfeed’s Lady Like series. Upon going to a Korean market with my sister a couple of weekends ago, lo and behold, I found a snail mask sitting on display shelves overflowing with face masks! There were a variety of face masks from the regular face masks made of fruit extracts, green tea to horse oil. You read it right, horse oil…
Removing the sheet mask from the packaging, I expected the serum to be a lot slimier. Surprisingly, the face mask also did not have an overly powerful smell, actually it didn’t have a smell at all. The instructions suggest putting the sheet mask on after cleansing your face and leaving it on for about 15-20 minutes.
My skin felt a slight tingling sensation within the first few minutes that the mask was on. I always enjoy that when trying new masks! It gives me hope that the formula from the serum is doing its job 🙂 While waiting on my skin to absorb the serum on the mask, I went ahead and did some research on the benefits of using masks or beauty products containing snail mucin.
Found in moisturizers, serums, facial treatments and masks, snail mucin has been a popular ingredient in Asian beauty products, particularly in Korea. The snail mucin is known to contain hyaluronic acid, glycoprotein enzymes, proteoglycans and antibacterial copper peptides. All of which are great ingredients to improve the skin. It has also been said that the snail mucin has been helpful for healing acne scars and cell regeneration.
After 20 minutes, I took the mask off and left it on for the entire day. The instructions on the packaging didn’t indicate washing the face, simply letting the serum dry down before applying make up (if you are applying make up). It took another 10-15 minutes or so before the mask was fully dry on my skin. Also, it felt a tad tacky or sticky on the skin, which may be perfect if you decide to apply foundation on top of it.
Overall, it will probably take another 2-4 uses before I can see visible results from the face mask as it was not an intense treatment. It cost me around $2-3 per sheet mask. Not a bad price if you ask me! I wonder what it would be like to have the actual snail facial, with real snails crawling on my face…Hmmm.
Just a heads up ladies, I will be posting a new DIY mask recipe soon! You only need 2 ingredients!
Have you tried snail masks or facials before? Share you experience with us by leaving a comment below. We’d love to hear it! 🙂