Before I even get started, I having a feeling of the thought that’s going through your head. “S-snail gel?”… Yes, you read the title correctly, snail gel. And I initially raised an eyebrow at this when I saw this in one of the Holland & Barrett store in Cardiff. However, I picked up two sachets of this mask, since my curiosity overtook the slight horror in the pit of my stomach as the image of snail trail got pushed to the back of my mind. These individual sachets can be picked up for £1.99 each, which is absolutely brilliant as a tester kind of product.
What does it claim to do?:
As the photo above shows, this mask claims to rejuvenate, purify and moisturise, as well as being an anti-ageing. From this I imagine this is great for oily and dry skin, since it’ll moisturise dehydrated and dry skin, and the purifying element is great for oiler skin that needs a good detox.
What’s in it?:
Obviously the headline ingredient is snail gel, but breaking it down further this product boasts an impressive ingredient list:
Snail Secretion Filtrate, Aloe Vera Juice, Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Amino Acids, Vitamins B5, Chamomile Extract, Sweet Clover Extract, Mallow Leaf Extract, Linden Extract, Yarrow Extract, Marshmallow Extract, Plantain Leaf Extract, Artemisia Extract, May Chang Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lime Oil.
Wow… Where to start? I won’t talk about each individual ingredient as these are just the “bioactive, natural and organic ingredients”, but there is a generous mix of moisturising and detoxifying ingredients. There’s also what it claims to not have that also needs to be considered:
Free from: Parabens, Synthetic Colours, Phthaletes, Petrolatum, BHT, Isothiazolines, SLS, Mineral Oil, Silicones, Glycols, DEA.
While I’m not educated on what all of these ingredients are, I can appreciate that there aren’t any parabens, SLS, etc.
So what is it like?:
When I opened this, I admit I was mildly nervous about what I would find inside. I have a weak stomach, so if it looked like real snail slime, I probably would have gagged. However, I was pleasantly relieved. It’s a gel-cream texture, and smooths very nicely over the skin. It has a very medicinal scent, which I’m not very fond of, but I’m happy to ignore it.
You’re supposed to wear this on your face for around 10 minutes, and to be used once a week. I didn’t use very much of the product and was able to cover my face with a light layer. If I had a sealable bag, I would keep this away to use this again, rather than open the next sachet, since I used a quarter of the contents of the sachet.
Did I like it?:
Overall, I did like it a lot. The scent is a bit off-putting, but I can ignore it since you only put it on your face for up to 10 minutes. Once I washed this off my skin, it felt ridiculously smooth, and despite the weirdness of the snail gel, you wouldn’t really be able to guess it was that if you were just looking at the mask itself.
I think it would be great if this was available in a jar form, so I get as many applications out of this as possible. From the Holland & Barett website, the sachets are the versions of this product available. I would definitely buy this gain, and if you are able to get over the unusual front-lining ingredient, then I definitely suggest this product.
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