Beauty Survivor Style: Snail Slime Mask
If I were on the TV show Survivor, my downfall would be the scary eating challenges – scorpions, cow blood, seafood smoothies…I admit I had a far milder, but similar reaction to the MISSHA Super Aqua Cell Renewal Snail Hydro-Gel Mask that I received in my Glossybox. While I understand that applying snail slime extract to one’s face might be completely normal for some (a precious delicacy like cow blood, perhaps), it makes me shiver a bit. But I persevered in the name of beauty!
Not surprisingly, this trend comes to us courtesy of our brave beauty pioneers in Korea. According to CNN Article Snail Cream: Korea’s newest sin-care phenomenon, snail cream “soothes, regenerates and heals skin,” says Jeong Chang-hyun, deputy head of product planning for MISSHA. According to the article, the high quality snails are fed red ginseng to ensure high quality slime. Ok, I will take their word for it.
Deeeep breath. Here we go. The mask is, not surprisingly, slimy. I had a hard time separating it from the plastic backing. In the process, I left a little snail trail on on the counter and the floor. Once I transferred the mask to my face, it was easier to get it situated – although my face is apparently not quite the right size/shape as it was a bit droopy around the edges. The mask had a light, pleasant aloe-like scent and, once I got over the whole snail slime part, it was soothing and cool.
Fast forward 20 minutes. MISSHA recommends leaving the mask on for 20-40 minutes. My mask started to fall off after about 20 minutes – in part because my husband discovered me wearing my mask and I couldn’t help laughing as I explained that I was applying high quality snail slime to my face.
I have to admit. It did leave my skin soft and dewy. I’m not sure it did a whole lot more than my normal, anti-aging serum, but it feels nice. Only time will tell.
The tribe has spoken.
Would you try a snail slime mask?