When I think of snails, the first things that come to mind are the snails I was creating houses for and playing family with my cousin when I was 5 years old or the ones I sometimes step into while walking somewhere. It's gross, isn't it? Oh, there is one more, I made a joke about the snails but I'm not going to share it just yet. (For those who know me, I know, it's so funny). I have never thought I could apply to my face anything that's even related to the snail, but thank god I did!
How it has started
After all, integrating snails slime in a skincare routine is nothing new. In ancient Greece, the crushed snail shells (in an ointment) were prescribed to patients by Hippocrates to treat inflammation. Also, many ancient societies have used live snails as an anti-aging treatment. Can you believe this? Nowadays, a lot of beauty companies are hot on the trail. It all came back in the 2000s in South Korea, where all products like snail oil, snail slime, or the snail serum began popping up in beauty products. As the market expanded globally, it also emerged in the West. How lucky we are now? There is a wide range of snail products we can choose amongst.
Want to know a secret? The researchers found out when snails get hurt, their mucin helps to heal their skin faster because of all the super ingredients it carries. It means glycoprotein enzymes, glycolic acid, and copper peptides. They all help to repair the damage and regenerate skin cells. Sounds good, doesn't it?
I was looking for some products which can lighten my skin, improve its texture and hydration. I came across hundreds of products but found out that this line has the most spectacular results. It compelled me to give it a try, so I took the leap of faith, and here is my review after one month of using it.
SOME BY MI - Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Toner
What producer says
'Formulated with black snail extract, snail truecica and a patented combination of plant extracts, this refreshing and moisturizing toner boasts whitening and anti-wrinkle effects. It makes use of snail’s powerful regenerative power to strengthen the skin barrier, heal damaged skin and soothe sensitive skin, while its special acne spot care solution stops melanin production, protects the skin from ultraviolet rays, and effectively reduces acne scars and hyperpigmentation.'
Snail Secretion Filtrate (90%), Niacinamide, Dipropylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Geranium Maculatum (Spotted Cranesbill) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady's Mantle) Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Helichrysum Italicum (Everlasting) Extract, Hyacinthus Orientalis (Hyacinth) Extract, Jasminum Sambac (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower Extract, Prunus Mume (Apricot) Flower Extract, Robinia Pseudoacacia Flower Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Polygonum Multiflorum (He Shou Wu) Root Extract, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Angelica Gigas Root Extract, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Sophora Flavescens Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Baikal Skullcap) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Arbutin, Adenosine, Glutathione, Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, C12-13 Pareth-9, Water, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Limonene
Toner is one of the first steps in the skincare routine. A light, rapidly absorbing emulsion prepares the skin for the next stages of care, facilitates the penetration of active ingredients inside your skin. This toner makes it happen. Also, I found out that the Korean way of applying toner makes it more powerful. I pour it on my hand, spread it lightly, and "push" it with my whole hands. It absorbs quickly, which is perfect! Also, after applying the product, the skin becomes deeply cleansed, elastic, regenerated, and incredibly smooth. I truly believe the toner together with the serum can fight the imperfections properly.
Action: nourishing, moisturizing, soothing
Aroma: very light
Packaging: 135ml (4.56 oz) fitted with a pump
Price: GBP 18.99
SOME BY MI - Snail Truecica Miracle Repair Serum
What producer says
Multifunctional serum brightens skin while also combating signs of aging! Its formula is enriched with snail mucin to help regenerate skin cells while Truecica soothes skin and refines its texture.'
It contains 890,000ppm of Snail Truecica™ which consists of Black Snail Extract and Truecica™ ( which is a lot!). Also, it repairs skin damage with Black Snail Extract and removes blemishes and scar with a non-sticky finish.
This serum caught my attention because it doesn't contain any harmful skin products. It means, no parabens, no phthalates, and no alcohol. Love it!
Water, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, C12-14 Pareth-12, C12-14 Pareth-7, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Trehalose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Beta-Glucan, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Sucrose, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Agrimonia Eupatoria Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Perilla Frutescens Leaf Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Broussonetia Kazinoki Root Extract, Propolis Extract, Artemisia Capillaris Extract, Cimicifuga Dahurica Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Madecassoside, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Phenoxyethanol
Have you ever felt you’re banging your head against a wall looking for results? We've all been there. The amount of hype that has been assigned to this product makes you think that your skin would magically transform itself a day after applying it. However, every product needs at least 1-2 months of using, before you see any results. So keep calm and make sure it takes its sweet time before your judge it.
I use the serum after toner, twice a day. In the morning and the evening. I noticed the first results 2 weeks after using it. The texture of my skin was improved and it was hydrated and 'bouncy'. After a month of using it's even better, but I know I need to use the second tube to see the results I'd like to see. My hyperpigmentation is lightened a little bit, but I think it's mostly because I combine it with the Vit C serum.
The consistency is viscous. You can compare it to chia seed sludge or thinned-out egg whites. However, it loses its strict form under the influence of touch and warmth of the skin. It becomes a subtle and extremely smooth emulsion with above-average hydration potential. One or two pumps covers the epidermis with a thin, sufficient layer. In the final phase, the serum soaks almost completely into the skin, leaving pleasant protection on it that you don't feel at all.
How to use it
Make sure you don't rub the serum. Instead, tap it gently onto the skin until you feel it's absorbing. Also, don't forget to apply a moisturizer as the next step of your skincare routine. Just wait a moment for it to be absorbed and spread the second product. What’s the catch? The light, watery consistency of the serum will quickly evaporate from the skin and the cream will create a film that will prevent oxidation too quickly. The layered application will take care of all your skin's needs. In addition, it is worth to know that the serum usually has no anti-UV effect. This means that you must use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
Action: nourishing, moisturizing, soothing, lighting, anti-aging
Packaging: 50 ml (1.69 oz) fitted with a pump
Price: GBP 19.89
I hope you found my review useful. I feel like a decent skincare routine is very important nowadays, especially if we have a stressful life. While choosing high-quality beauty products, not only we protect our skin but also we give it all of the nutrients it needs in order to stay young, bright, and happy. This is exactly what we want, don't we?
I would love to know your thoughts! Let me know what you think in the comment box below and meantime have a great day!