PRODUCT: Ferment Snail Hand Cream Timeless
COMPANY: Tony Moly
COST: ~12,000 WON ($12)
DESCRIPTION: This hand lotion boasts the much-coveted snail secretion ingredient. This is called snail secretion filtrate (SFF) and is literal "snail slime," the mucus that snails leave behind as they move around. This is a HOT ingredient in Asian skin products and has been used for centuries. The be-all-end-all of cosmetic ingredients, SFF is proclaimed to solve every skin blemish and banish every wrinkle. In reality, there is no such magical ingredient but SFF has been shown to have a deeply moisturizing and healing effect. The box claims an "anti-wrinkle & whitening & moisturizing" in line with typical snail product advertising.
EXPERIENCE: This was not nearly as moisturizing as I had hoped, and I needed to use a lot to get a moisturizing effect. Snail secretion is super popular in k beauty products. This particular product, however, was disappointing compared to others I've used. Also you have to use a lot to get a moisturizing effect, which is not ideal given the cost/size.
INGREDIENT ANALYSIS: This product has dozens of ingredients, with snail secretion filtrate and shea butter appearing several down, which may explain the less-than-awesome results. There are also traces of aloe, lemon peel/orange/lime oil, bergamot and eucalyptus.
SMELL: None noticeable
TEXTURE: Slightly sticky
YAY OR NAY: Nay. There are better snail products out there I'm sure.
INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Niacinamide, Palmitic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter...[and more]
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