Aloe Talk: Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist

When you hear Aloe Vera mist, the first thing that comes to my mind as a K-beauty fan is the Nature Republic’s 92% Soothing Aloe Mist. A lot of people love the gel type that’s in the tub since it’s a very versatile product that offers more than 12 ways to use it. You might be thinking– wait, we’re supposed to be talking about the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Face & Body Mist, right? Well, the best way to start this review is to compare the two since there are a lot of similarities with regards to the 92% Aloe content, the scent, packaging, etc.

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First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Nature Republic’s Aloe Mist. I’ve emptied about 3-4 bottles of that until I decided to look for an easier and possibly cheaper alternative– the Bench one. In the Philippines, the Nature Republic Aloe mist is about P330+. I forgot the exact price but if you have their membership card, they offer about 10% discount on your purchase. I use the mist to freshen up my face when it feels too hot outside. Sometimes, when I have rashes on my face or slight irritations, I just spray this on my entire face before I slap on my moisturizer. As much as I love this specific aloe mist, I’m having problems getting my hands on it. The nearest mall that I could find it is not a store but a small kiosk in the mall. (Note: You can’t use the 10% discount on kiosks) Unfortunately, the aloe mist is always out of stock. Plus one on the Bench Organics 92% Aloe Mist, because almost every mall in our city has a Bench store in it. Another plus one, because it’s only P218 per bottle.

 

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It contains 5.1floz/150ml which is the same as the Nature Republic one.

What surprised me about this Bench Organics Aloe mist is that it smells exactly, like literally exactly like the Nature Republic one. What kind of sorcery is this? I told myself that maybe it’s because that’s what aloe really smells like. But really? I remember trying out another Aloe Vera gel in a tube that I purchased in Watson’s, I can’t remember the brand since I tossed it in the garbage years ago (because that’s where it deserved to be!) and it didn’t smell like that. It smelled like glue, so I’m pretty sure that’s not how Aloe is supposed to smell like.

But I won’t further question those two brands on why they smell 100% the same. Because I honestly think that they both work just fine and since the Bench Organics is cheaper, plus highly available almost everywhere for me, I’m choosing it over the Nature Republic one.

It hydrates, yes.

It freshens you up, yes.

It soothes your skin, yes.

Although, I’ve heard other people use it for setting their makeup. But I find that every mist that I use makes my makeup melt instead of setting it. I’m not sure if it’s because it doesn’t work well with my makeup or what. So I never really use it as a setting spray. However, whenever my brow pomades start to dry up, I just spritz a little of this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist and it instantly revives the texture of the pomade. What a lifesaver, right? Another thing, if you’re a shaver (facial hair or whatever) you can spritz this after in order to avoid razor burns. I find that it really does help soothe your skin.

Another plus one for this Bench Organics Aloe Vera mist is that I like the spray better than the Nature Republic one. I find that the Nature Republic Soothing Aloe mist sprays random big droplets of the product on your face, while the Bench Organics one sprays evenly all over your face. I think that the spritzer itself makes a huge difference for a misting product to work well. If I was going to splash my face with big chunks of liquid, I should have just doused my face with the aloe mist instead.

Final Rating:

Bench Organics 92% Aloe Vera Face & Body Mist – 4.5/5

Nature Republic 92% Soothing Aloe Mist – 3/5

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To Splurge or Not to Splurge?

There are a lot of beauty products out there that claim to be able to do a tremendous amount of improvement for your skin along with a jaw-dropping price tag. Do not get fooled! There are a lot of products out there that are advertised in such a way that can make you feel like you need it despite the price, but you actually don’t. Expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better. Sometimes, it’s the other way around. So the question is, to splurge or not to splurge?

Most of us already know that before we could find our holy grail products, whether it’s skincare or makeup, it takes so much time, effort and money just to finally find one that fits all your needs and criteria for a holy grail status. Now, we all hate having to spend and waste our hard-earned money for things that don’t really do what it claims to do. In this post, we will tackle some of the things that you need to think twice about before splurging a huge amount of money. Below is a list of 5 beauty products that are not worth splurging for.

1. Expensive Facial Cleansers

How long do you even use a facial cleanser on your skin? I’m pretty sure it’s less than a minute or two before you start rinsing it off. After that, it’s going down the drain along with the dirt and gunk you just washed away from your face. So why spend so much money on expensive facial cleansers? Facial cleansers are often used to balance your skin’s pH and/or remove dirt or makeup on your face. Although some cleansers offer additional benefits such as exfoliating and brightening– those are fine and very possible. But anything too extreme is slightly questionable in my opinion. Like how can a minute or two of slathering my face with a cleanser claim to do things such as shrink my pores? Remember, you rinse the product off! Even facial masks that offer great results requires about 15-20 minutes of being on your skin to get maximum benefits. Yes, you do need facial cleansers to wash your face because bar soaps are never a great option because it’s too acidic and it can lead to breakouts. But splurging on expensive facial cleansers are just really not worth your buck. As long as the cleanser does a good job in cleaning and it doesn’t break you out, I think that’s already a thumbs up for the brand.

2. Expensive Toners

Toners are usually meant to remove the makeup residue that your cleanser failed to remove, balance the pH levels of your skin if your cleanser is too acidic and to prep your skin for the next skin-care steps. Again, any other brand that you prefer will probably do. I think that it’s better to splurge on other beauty products such as serums or creams instead since those are the ones that have greater benefits because of the higher concentration of good ingredients that can really improve your skin condition.

3. Sunblock with very high SPF

Just because you went out under the sun with your face and body covered with an SPF 100 sunblock, it doesn’t mean your skin is safe from damage. Just a little side story from my own experience, I was on the beach with a couple of co-workers during a beach outing. I was sporting an SPF 30 sunblock while my friend was using an SPF 100. She felt secure that she wouldn’t get burned under the sun because she was using such a high SPF sunblock. Now, kindly refer to the break down below.

SPF 15 = Blocks 93% of UVB radiation

SPF 30 = Blocks 97% of UVB radiation

SPF 50 = Blocks 98% of UVB radiation

You see, there isn’t really a big difference in the performance of your sunblock even with such a low SPF one. So, why the high price tag along with the high SPF? Back to my story: At the end of the day, my co-worker still got sunburn and a very obvious tan. As for me, my skin looked pretty much the same before I even stepped out in the sun. I was still this fair light skinned me. Why? Because I reapplied my sunblock and she didn’t. She was so confident that the high SPF will protect her skin even after a long exposure under the sun. Bottom line, it’s not really about the high SPF that makes a sunblock do its job properly. Another thing to consider is that in the market, the higher the SPF of the sunblock is, the price tag also doubles up–some, even triple. Now ask yourself, is it really worth it to splurge on an expensive one?

4. Expensive Makeup Removers

Makeup removers are like facial cleansers. They just remove makeup and usually get rinsed off after even if it was the emollient balm type one. I haven’t really seen any makeup removers that claim to do anything other than leaving your skin feeling hydrated or supple after removing your makeup. This is a no-brainer. Don’t splurge.

5. Pore-Minimizing Products

One thing that’s proven and scientifically tested is that your pores don’t open and close. So if a product claims to shrink your pores, what’s the truth in that then? The pores that you currently have now will be the size of your pores until you get older. Environmental factors may seem to affect the size whenever you would check the mirror, but that’s mainly because your face has probably been producing more or less sebum, or even sweat, making it look enlarged. However, that doesn’t mean that your pores are opening and closing.

Although there are products that claim to make your pores less visible, that’s a different story. Products with silicone or pore-filling primers are different. A better alternative to purchasing pore-minimizing products is to get yourself something that can deep cleanse your pores to avoid clogging and making your pores look more enlarged because of whiteheads and blackheads.

6. Bonus: Cute Packaging

If you like K-beauty, then you’re probably splurging on products with extremely adorable packaging that seems to beckon you from afar. Most of us are guilty of that! A product or two that has bunny ears for your lip gloss cap is fine–but if it’s becoming such a habit–Stop yourself. I have never really found a product with adorable packaging that has delivered good results. That’s just me, though. I bet you guys don’t even use those products that you bought just because it’s shaped like a banana or a cat.

For those who have money to spend, go ahead and do whatever floats your boat. In the end, it’s your skin and your wallet. Let’s admit it, a little healthy splurging here and there is fine as long as it’s something that your skin actually needs. I’m just here to remind the whole lot of you that there are other skin care products that are worth splurging for and there are products that are not.

 

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Yay or Nay: CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser

The Korean brand CosRx is becoming a staple for most Asian women lately in terms of skin care. Almost every beauty blogger/vlogger that I see recommends something from their brand and this gel cleanser was always on their list. CosRx has an extensive array of skin care products that can cater to almost any skin problem that you may have. From acne-prone skin to dry sensitive skin, they have the perfect products for you.

Basically, the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning cleanser has a pH level of 5.0~6.0 which is the optimum pH level needed on your skin. It is a soft subacid cleanser that balances your skin and provides a daily exfoliating effect through the natural ingredient BHA. It also has Citric Acid that helps in brightening your skin and deep cleansing. It can also be used by all skin types even for those who have sensitive skin because it is very gentle.

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It is in a 150ml tube. It’s actually very affordable for P349 (On sale when I bought it!) in Shopee because of the big size. A little goes a long way too so this can last for a very long time!

The Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA

It smells strongly of tea tree. Which seems a little strong the first time I used it. But after a while of continued use, it started being bearable.

Before anything else, I just wanted to include the cleansers I was using alternately on my face before I switched to the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel. In the morning, I would use a collagen facial wash from my dermatologist for a gentle cleanse. If I wore makeup during the day, I would use my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to remove what’s left of my makeup after using the Garnier Micellar water. If I wasn’t wearing any makeup, I would use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night.

Disclaimer: Don’t get me wrong, I love using the products stated above. They don’t break me out and I have been using those products for more than a year already. I just really wanted to try the CosRx!

Now, I wanted to include the previous list of cleansers I was using because I noticed that after a week of using the CosRx Goodmorning gel cleanser, I didn’t really notice any significant improvements on my skin. Yes, it was a very gentle cleanser that is great for use in the morning when you don’t really have much to clean on your face. But on days when you have makeup on, whether it was just a BB cream or something heavier like a foundation, I honestly suggest that you use another cleanser. I used to have whiteheads on my nose area, but blackheads were something I didn’t really struggle with. When I started using the CosRx cleanser, I started getting more and more of those blackheads on my nose area. Since I wasn’t struggling with blackheads before, I didn’t know anything about it or what causes it. So, I googled it and that’s where I found out why I was suddenly getting these black dots on my nose.

Below are usual causes of blackheads: (there are more…)

  • Age, hormonal changes that trigger a spike in sebum.
  • Androgen, the male sex hormone, triggers greater secretion of sebum and a higher turnover of skin cells around puberty. Both boys and girls experience higher levels of androgens during adolescence.
  • After puberty, hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, and the use of birth control pills can also bring on blackheads in women.
  • Overproduction of skin cells by the body can cause blackheads.
  • The blocking or covering pores by cosmetics and clothing.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Environmental factors such as humidity, grease, etc.

After looking at the long list of causes (that I didn’t list down anymore), I figured mine was being caused by a possible clogging of pores due to the cosmetics residue. The CosRx Low pH Goodmorning gel cleanser is very gentle, to the point that it fails to remove 100% of any makeup residue that your micellar water/makeup remover failed to remove. Yes, it is non-drying and it leaves your face nice and soft in the morning when you use it. It is also good for sensitive skin, as it did not break me out and it didn’t inflame or irritate my skin in any way. But I find that it is only effective when you don’t have much to clean on your face. Probably just in moments where you just want to remove the excess oil on your face or rinse last night’s skin care products. Although it says ‘Goodmorning Gel Cleanser’, some people use it at night as well and they’re fine with it. But for my preference, I would like something that can thoroughly clean my face from any makeup residue in order to prevent the clogging of my pores. I don’t exactly think it deep cleanses.

Others also use cleansing tools in order to maximize the use of this gentle cleanser. They use Konjac Sponges or Cleansing Brushes along with it in order to improve the cleansing power. I have dry to combination skin and I find using tools such as those on a regular basis makes my skin drier since you’re adding an exfoliating device. I would prefer using the CosRx cleanser on its own, but the fact that it fails to remove any hard dirt and gunk on your face doesn’t really make it an amazing product for me. Although, it does help my dry skin somehow, as I wash my skin 2-3 times a day and this cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry afterward. I love that aspect of it.

I switched up my cleansing routine again but continued incorporating the CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel cleanser for those times that I’m not wearing any makeup or in need of dire cleansing. I still rely on my Cathy Doll Makeup Remover Toner & Serum Foam Cleanser to fully remove any makeup residues and it works just fine. On days when I feel like my skin needs a little acne-care, I use my Celeteque Acne Solutions gel cleanser at night instead of the CosRx.

Would I repurchase?

Although I do love that it’s very gentle and non-drying, I dislike the fact that I have to purchase 2-3 cleansers aside from this one in order to do the all-around job for me. I’m trying to fix my overall skin care routine in order to lessen the cleansers I’m using, like probably adding acne-care on my toner or something, but still. For something that is well-raved about, I kind of wished it did more than just lightly cleanse. If I want to keep repurchasing this, I will end up switching up and looking for more products to use in my routine. Which is a bit tedious and costly, to be honest. Plus, I’m already using a line of CosRx products on my existing routine. I’m on a 50/50 on this. But I’ll keep on trying to make this work for now.

Rating?

Until I am able to justify the improvements it did for my skin, I’m going to give this a 3 out of 5… For now. But I just wanted to clear out that I do love the cleanser because it’s very gentle and helps with my dry skin, but I needed that extra oomph with my skin care and this doesn’t make that much of a difference.

Would I recommend?

I would definitely recommend this for those who don’t have a lot of issues that they want to correct on their skin. Someone who’s looking for a low pH cleanser that won’t irritate their skin. This is a good cleanser despite what I personally think about it and I would still recommend it to those who are not looking for something extra in their products. Plus, I find it very affordable for its size.

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Skin Woes & Empties: St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer

It’s a sort of a unique phenomenon when I manage to finish up a bottle or a tub of skin care product. I’m still in the search of that staple for my skincare routine that I would repurchase over and over again because it has worked wonders on my skin.

Lately, I’ve gone from breaking out to having itchy, flaky and inflamed skin due to irritations because of my constant search for amazing skin care products. I was an impatient little puppy a few weeks ago that I added two to three new products in my routine and I couldn’t figure out which one was causing the irritation. After a few more weeks of trial and error, I managed to eliminate the culprit. Everyone was raving about the Missha Time Revolution Essence and I wanted to try it for myself, so I purchased a bunch of trial sachets along with my CosRx Low pH Goodmorning Gel Cleanser, Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream and Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. Only to figure out after a few days that the Missha TRE has made my skin worse than it already is.

I was aware of my lack of judgment for introducing all of those to my skin all at once. But again, I was so desperate to finding something that can help my skin recover. I figured that I had to use moisturizers to soothe the inflammation and flakiness, so I started looking for another moisturizer because I thought that the St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer was not doing the job. I came across the CosRx Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap and purchased it, then replaced my St.Ives Moisturizer.

Long story short, I ended up wanting to re-purchase my almost empty St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer after my long search for a better one. The main reason why I decided to keep looking for moisturizers other than this, is because I could not justify the benefits it gives my skin. Sure, it was very cheap for such a huge tub, but I simply cannot think of anything that makes it “work”. I was probably underestimating it because it was so affordable and I haven’t really seen famous bloggers using this. Before I purchased this moisturizer back in 2015-16, I remember reading somewhere that Collagen does not exactly work together with Elastin in the anti-aging department in order to achieve awesome results. Something along the lines of those ingredients cannot work alone for it to be effective. Like it lacks another ingredient to make it active or something. Well, I can’t be all scientific on this as I have no enough knowledge to prove my claims, so I took the blogger’s word for it. But anyway, here I am with an almost empty tub of St.Ives Timeless Skin Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer and absolutely loving it.

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Below is the information I found on the St.Ive’s website:

Collagen Elastin Moisturizer St. Ives

See ya later scale-agator. Nourish your skin with the goodness of 100% natural moisturizers (Safflower seed oil). Infused with hard-working collagen and elastin this hydrating formula will help capture that fresh-faced glow we all love.

Safflower Seed Oil


A lesser-known relation of the sunflower, the safflower is a thistle-like plant with red, yellow and orange flowers. Don’t be deceived by its prickly looking exterior, the oil is known to help to smooth and moisturize skin.

Our safflowers come from all around the world, as far away as Australia and Argentina and lots of places in-between. The flowers are picked by hand and refined to extract the oil, which is 100% pure.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua, Eau), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum, Huile Minerale), Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Geraniol

I actually really regret purchasing so many items to add to my skincare when all the while, I have loved the St.Ives Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer but failed to appreciate it. I have damaged my skin so much that after a week of it being inflamed and extremely stingy. It even started peeling and being scaly after a few more weeks. I was so devastated and I was very desperate for my skin to heal. I began reducing my skincare routine to cleansing and double moisturizing. I used to use a cleanser-toner-moisturizer-eye cream-oil serum in my routine, but since I was trying to help my skin recover, I minimized the products I have been using.

It’s been 3 days and I can say that my skin has improved so much and I honestly don’t think it was the fact that I lessened the products I’ve been using on my face. It’s good to take note that when I minimized my skin regimen, I went back to using the old products my skin was used to. I completely removed the new ones that I was unsure of. During those days and weeks that my skin was at it’s worst, I realized that only the St.Ives Collagen Elastin Moisturizer did not feel stingy against my skin. It gave my skin a fresh, cooling and soothing feeling after I apply it on my face after cleansing. That was the reason why it was the only product that I could pretty much tolerate applying to my face. My face was less flaky, itchy and scaly immediately after 3 days of continued usage. I also tried using Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Gel, but due to its alcohol content, my skin just felt drier, so I switched back to this.

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This moisturizer is really underrated. It’s a very simple yet an amazing product that can work wonders for your skin. It also smells very nice and I love applying it at night because of that. However, I use this 2-3 times a day and it works just fine. During the day, I’m okay with applying this under my makeup, as it gives my skin a healthy looking glow without looking too oily. Although, I don’t think that I can recommend this to those who have oily skin especially when using it under your makeup. It can get quite heavy. But for someone who has dry combination and sensitive skin like mine, it works just fine. My skin drinks this up easily. Another good thing about this moisturizer is that I don’t think I need an eye cream to add to my skincare routine anymore. It hydrates my under-eye nicely and it makes my concealer application easier. I still don’t know how I can justify how this moisturizer works on my skin, but I can truly say that I am in-love with this and I will definitely keep repurchasing.

If you want a moisturizer that does the job without any complicated claims, I highly recommend this to you. It’s a simple moisturizer that doesn’t have too much gimmick going on but definitely excels in the moisturizing department. Just an additional use for it too: I spilled this once and I didn’t want to waste it, so I scooped out the spilled contents and used it as a lotion. (Don’t get me wrong though, it wasn’t dirty or anything. I just didn’t want to keep using it on my face.) This product is so moisturizing that it works amazing even as a lotion. I find that it really locks in the moisture on your skin and it doesn’t have a sticky feel to it. Since this product is a whopping 10oz/283g product for such a cheap price, (P200+ something in the Philippines, available in Watson’s and other grocery stores.) using it both as a facial moisturizer and a body lotion is not exactly a bad idea. Just make sure that you use a spatula to scoop the contents out to prevent contamination.

Would I repurchase?

Definitely! Over and over again.

Rating?

I’m giving this a 5/5 because it was the only product that truly helped my inflamed and irritated skin!

Update: My 65-year-old grandmother was starting to get bothered by her sagging skin and fine lines. So here I am to the rescue! I gave her a new tub and told her to use it at least twice a day. Guess what? She loved it! I also noticed that her skin really did improve. It seemed to be a lot more supple and her fine lines aren’t too visible anymore because her skin was plumper now. This product is really amazing even for mature skin.

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A Love-Hate Relationship: Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream

I finally decided to purchase this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel (Cream) after a long contemplation of whether to buy it or not. Reviews over the internet are confusing. There are those who like it and those who hate it. Sure, there’s always something like that about makeup or skin care products since everyone’s skin will be different from each other. However, there was a higher percentage of dislikes among those who have tried this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel. Yet, here I am with this pink tube of snail gel on my vanity.

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Nothing too special about the packaging. It’s just a baby pink tube that I actually find very cute because of the color. I also love that it’s in a squeezy tube, not a tub.

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It contains 45ml (1.52 fl. oz.) per tube with 74% snail secretion filtrate.

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The packaging has an expiration date indicated.

First of all, what was the reason behind me purchasing this product despite the higher percentage of negative reviews? Everyone was saying that it was nowhere near ‘hydrating’ when it was labeled as a ‘moisturizer’. In my personal opinion, upon reading the English part on the packaging, it didn’t say anything about being hydrating. So, I wasn’t expecting it to be hydrating either. However, it was the percentage of the snail secretion filtrate that had me wanting to buy this, plus, it’s in a gel form that is claimed to be lightweight. Perhaps, there was more to this pink tube than being a failure to be an actual moisturizer.

I have dry combination skin that is sensitive. I have recently tested that I’m not allergic to snail filtrates, so I started venturing into that category with my skin care. As far as I know, snail secretion filtrates aid in the cell turnover of the skin. It quickens the process of cell turnover and heals your skin faster. This also helps in reducing the appearance of your blemishes.

I also have dry patches on my under eye area and some on my cheeks. I wanted to get rid of that, but despite the lack of moisturization this Mizon Snail Gel has, (According to the reviews of others) I believe that the quicker cell turnover will remedy my dry patches to an extent.

After that long introduction and sharing of feelings, here’s the actual review.

Is it moisturizing?

No, I also don’t find it moisturizing. However, it did improve the texture of my skin. The small bumps that I had on my cheeks and chin are now gone, only after using it every day, 2x a day, for a week. It did lack in the moisture department, but I think that was mainly because I had dry skin and this is a gel-type almost water-based product. I think products like these are meant to cater to those who have oily skin but wanted to add a moisturizer to their routine for balance. But for someone who has really dry skin, this is not something that you can use alone. Don’t treat this as a moisturizer. It does something far more than just to moisturize! I believe that this Mizon Snail Recovery Gel is good for healing your skin and not to moisturize alone.

What surprised me about this product is the first time I have used it. I woke up with a smoother and brighter looking complexion after using this the night before. It was then that I knew that this product really works wonders for your skin regardless of the lack of moisture and plumpness that it gives.

Although, for a product that claims to be multi-functional, it doesn’t seem to do much at all aside from healing your skin. But it’s a very affordable snail product, so if you’re just looking to try one that won’t hurt your budget, I guess this can be right for you. I purchased this via Shopee app, this is on sale for only P289 each.

Will I re-purchase?

I will continue to use this until I have used up the tube and I will give you guys updates. As of today, I happen to still have a love-hate relationship with this product. I do love the fact that it made my skin brighter and that it improved the texture, but since I have really dry skin, I would honestly prefer something that can moisturize, improve the texture of my skin and brighten it up all at the same time. I dislike the fact that I have to layer on a couple of different products just to achieve the results I want. Since I have very sensitive skin, doing so may lead to breakouts or irritate my face. So I try to keep my skin care on a minimal level.

I just wanted to shed a different light on this Mizon Recovery Snail Gel and remove it from the moisturizer category as I don’t think it’s the strength of this product. If you have oily skin, has a couple of blemishes that you want to fade, or you want to remedy uneven skin texture, this product may work for you but don’t expect it to deliver extreme results.

Rating?

I would rate this product a 3 out of 5. Simply because it was meant to suit other skin types and not mine. However, I would love to continue using this as it does a fine job in brightening and smoothing out the texture of my skin. It wasn’t that bad, to be honest, I would be loving this so much if there was an added variety that can cater to a drier skin type!

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Lily’s Touch Snail Serum Review

Snail filtrates in skin care have been a growing trend nowadays. Brands are going back to basics with their all natural skin care products.

Today, we will talk about the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. Below is how the product looks like.

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“Contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discoloration of the skin.”

In the Lily’s Touch official website, it says:

Snail serum was popularly used in Ancient Greece as an ingredient to reduce inflammation. It is known for its regenerative properties and facilitates the restoration of damaged tissue and replenishes moisture in skin. It is also effective in treating acne and scarring.

Snail serum contains a patented technology using secretion filtrate of snails that encourages the skin to repair itself. Snail secretion filtrate diminishes appearance of dark spots and discoloration of skin.

It is the perfect product if you want to slow down the ageing process of your skin.

Good for:

Dark under eye, scars, melasma, warts, visible pores, dark circles, puffy bags, wrinkles, uneven skin-tone, and dull skin.

Snail slime becomes latest beauty must-have as mollusc mucus is touted to clear acne, heal scars and beat wrinkles.

The science behind snail slime as a viable beauty cream is mostly derived from lab studies where the effects of the slime have been tested on a variety of cell cultures. In these studies, research suggests that snail slime will stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, increase fibronectin protein production, and stimulate increased proliferation of fibroblasts. The perfect thing if you want to slow down the ageing process to a snail’s pace.

Slime harvested from the creatures is the key ingredient in new range of anti-ageing products.

The makers claim they can make users appear six years younger in just four weeks. The benefits for human skin were discovered by Chilean snail farmers who noticed their skin healed quickly without scarring when they handled the creatures which were being exported to France.

  • Dermatologist tested
  • FDA approved
  • Tried and Tested
  • Mercury free
  • Paraben Free
  • All Natural ingredients

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It retails for P550 per 30ml bottle on their website but is usually on sale via Shopee app for about P275. Always check with the seller regarding the expiration dates especially if the item is on sale.

Again, here’s a list of my skin issues if you haven’t seen them in my other posts.

  • Redness around my nose and below my chin.
  • Uneven skin-tone.
  • Dull skin.
  • Dry to Combination skin, oily on the T-zone.
  • Blemishes on my cheeks.
  • Large pores.

These are the things that I wanted to correct when I decided to purchase the Lily’s Touch Snail Serum. I’m currently using their best-selling Lily’s Touch Miracle Cream as a part of my morning routine, but for my night time skincare routine, I needed a potent serum to cure or improve my skin woes overnight.

I have been using this serum for more than a month now. I still haven’t seen any drastic improvements on my skin, considering I have been using this 3 times a week with intervals.

3 times a week with intervals instead of everyday, because I noticed that with everyday use, I tend to have more whiteheads on my nose and chin area. I think it’s because it’s very thick and oily on the face, probably clogs my pores to an extent. I feel the need to exfoliate 3 times a week instead of 1-2 because of this.

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It doesn’t break me out, nor did I have any allergic reactions. I’ve read that there are people who get allergic reactions to any type of snail filtrate products. So if you want to try this out, start with patch tests first.

It has a scent that’s hard to explain. No, it doesn’t smell like a snail. It’s something between powdery or your grandmother’s old makeup or perfume. It’s not that bad at all, I personally don’t mind it since I usually apply it at night.

Don’t go overboard in applying this. A little goes a long way. Just make sure that you distribute it on your face in small amounts so it’s easier to blend and spread. If you apply too much, it will feel tacky and warm against your skin. Almost as if your skin is saying that it’s suffocating and it can’t breathe. The first time you use this, you will notice a slight tingling sensation. It’s somewhat itchy but after awhile, the tingling sensation goes away. It’s not an allergic reaction, at least for me it’s not. The next day, I woke up to glowy soft skin that looked so hydrated and healthy.

However, the moment I washed it, I could barely see the difference. It seemed as if the product was only working when it’s on your skin. But the moment you wash it off, you’re back to your old skin but slightly better.

I don’t recommend using this during the day since it feels very heavy on the skin and it doesn’t set or dry even after hours of application. It stays oily and tacky until you decide to wash it off.

The reason why I keep on using this product, despite that I hate the feeling of having a thick oil against my skin, is because it did improve my complexion in a way. Whenever I feel like my skin feels so patchy and dry, I would apply this at night and I’d wake up with a better and normal skin without the dry patches or bumps. After I wash it off, it does feel dry again but without the patchiness. I would just apply moisturizer and my skin looks and feels so much better. I think that this serum is a decent moisturizer that can remedy extreme dryness overnight. It does claim to ‘encourage skin repair’. But the rest of its claims is something I haven’t seen. I don’t think it lightened my blemishes, nor did it shrink my pores. Also, I think that this isn’t meant for everyday use, probably just on days that you feel like your skin needs a pick-me-up.

If you’re looking for a snail serum that will work wonders for your skin in all aspects, I honestly don’t think that this will deliver the best results. It’s a so-so product, given too much credit because Lily’s touch is known for their best-selling Miracle Cream that’s patronized by local celebrities. That’s the main reason why I purchased it, regardless of how very few reviews are available online for this product. Although I wouldn’t say that this is a bad product, it’s actually a decent one.

Would I repurchase?

The 30ml bottle is a lot and it will last you for a long time. However, in the Lily’s touch website, it says that it’s best consumed within a month. I don’t think that you can use all of it in a month, since you’re basically just using 3-4 drops of it for your entire face. I’m not sure if I’d repurchase, there are probably better snail serums out there, especially in K-Beauty brands.

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