Serums are my favourite products to use because they effectively target your skin issues. As the treatment step, I am always looking for brightening products with calming and healing properties. I have combination skin with sensitive area but I am also acne prone and hormonal break outs are my main issue.
I was fortunate enough to have received IUNIK Black Snail Restore Serum from Unique4u and was so excited to try it. I am a big fan of the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and the Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence so I had big expectations from the Black Snail serum especially as most reviews are quite positive. However I am not a big fan of sheet masks with snail essence but mainly because of the gloopy essence texture and its distinctive snail smell (although I might just be the only one who can smell it).
I love the brand image and find their packaging very clean and simple. The product comes in a clear bottle with a dropper. I can't smell anything and the serum has a typical gloopy texture known to snail products.
As its name indicates, the serum promises to restore the skin.
With its content: an impressive 70% of Black Snail extract that will help your skin restore its natural barrier and protect it, heal and calm skin redness while improving its texture and keep it hydrated and nourished.
Snail Secretion Filtrate,Centella Asiatica Leaf Water,Methylpropanediol,Glycerin,Niacinamide,Glycereth-26,Water,1,2-Hexanediol,Sodium Hyaluronate,Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract,Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract,Laminaria Japonica Extract,Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract,Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract,Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Extract,Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract,Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract,Caprylyl Glycol,Butylene Glycol,Allantoin,Centella Asia Tica Extract,Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract,Artemisia Vulgaris Extract,Vaccinum Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract,Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract,Rosa Canina Fruit oil,Carbomer,Arginine,Pentylene Glycol,Adenosine,Ethylhexylglycerin,Xanthan Gum,Aspalathus Linearis Extract
I am very impressed with their ingredient list: its pretty clean and each ingredient is rated low hazard on the EWG website.
The serum contains 70% Black Snail extract and 10% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, the rest is a blend of roots and extracts. It does contain fermented ingredients too so I would always suggest to do a patch test before.
Snail Secretion Filtrate
Before going ewwww on the product, check out the benefit of snail mucin on the skin:
*Improves skin texture
*Reduces skin inflammation and redness
*Soothes and calms irritated skin
*Has healing properties
*Minimises pores and reduces acne scars
*Boosts collagen production
Snail slime is also rich in Hyaluronic Acid and glycoproteins which protects skin from damage and restore moisture loss.
Centella Asiatica Leaf Water
Another skin boosting ingredient, Centella Asiatica is a medicinal herb that will help skin regeneration and promote healthy complexion. Also rich in vitamins and minerals to boost collagen production and fight against premature aging.
The power of 5 Black natural foods
Black beans, Black rice, Black sesame, kelp and eggplant are all antioxidants rich that will nourish and protect skin.
Is it love or hate?
When trying new products because you don't start with a clean blank canvas, your skin already has its issues and you already have a set routine, it's not easy sometimes to see an immediate effect on the skin and it will usually take about 4 weeks to see some real results. So after 2 months of using the Black Snail Restore Serum, I can definitely say that I love it!
It took some time for me to see some real effects. I find the serum very hydrating and the texture is quite pleasant to apply on the skin. It absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave a tacky or oily feeling.
how i use it
The first few weeks, I use it as part of my routine after my toner and essence and I did not see any improvements although my skin did look brightened and healthy. I have lots of acne scars on my chin and cheeks and I like products that can help fade them away until I break out again (story of my life).
Then I started using it before my sheet masks in the evening and that's when I started to see real improvements. My scars have literally faded but everytime I have a new pimple, I just apply a small amount on it before applying my sheet mask (I especially love it paired with Polatam Optimal Repairing Water Gel Mask) and the pimple will reduce in size and my skin will be soothed and calmed.