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Monday, August 24, 2015
My First Korean Skincare Product! Snail Bee High Content Mask
Hi guys! It's been a minute. What have I been up to? Well, I've fallen down the Korean skincare regimen rabbit hole.
Being 29, I've been really into perfecting my skincare routine. I love trying new serums, lotions, creams, eye creams, etc. I've heard how elaborate an asian skincare regimen can be, and was really interested to find out more. Many products here in America are multi-taskers - they supposedly do it ALL. Korean products are a lot more concentrated to one concern or area - one product for anti-aging, one for anti-acne, one for brightening, and so on. That's what I found to be the biggest difference thus far.
Seemingly hundreds of articles, websites, customer reviews later, I finally decided to bite the bullet and try some of the fun asian products for myself! I ordered from a website that's right here in America (http://www.beauteque.com/) that sells everything from sheet masks, to essences, toners, the whole nine yards. It came quick and the prices were good! Being that I am so new, it took some research (and some websites that were written in English) to figure out what products I should try.
I figured that a sheet mask was a good bet, but the next question was - which one? There are hundreds upon hundreds of sheet masks, so back to Google I went. I kept seeing this Snail Bee High Content Mask show up on favorite lists of prominent bloggers and magazines so I ordered it, and a few other products too (will blog when I try them!)
So now to the mask. I am a huge mask fan. I try to do a mask 2-3 times per week and genuinely enjoy the experience. I think I currently have about 8 or 9 regular masks in a tube or jar. I'm not easily impressed. This mask was AMAZING!! I cut open the pack (it's a single use mask) and unfolded the mask. There was a TON of product on it. It feels very wet and a little slimy. The texture was a little odd at first. I put in on my face - there are holes for your eyes, nose and mouth - and smoothed out the bubbles. I immediately felt relaxed. I left the mask on for 30 minutes, which is a lot longer than I leave my other masks on for. I laid flat on the couch while watching a movie and that seemed to work well - the mask stayed in place. After 30 minutes I took it off and rubbed in the excess product. After my face drank up the excess, there was a noticeable smoothness all over my face. It felt really great and polished.
The next day, I feel like my skin was even BETTER than the day before due to this mask. It was so nice waking up and feeling super smooth skin. If you're not familiar and are wondering why the mask has Snail in the title, you read that right. Snail mucus is a popular ingredient in Korean skincare that supposedly works wonders - fights wrinkles, promotes whitening and brightening, smooths skin, etc. There are entire skincare lines that include this ingredient and people swear by it. If this is what one sheet mask can do for my skin, I'm very interested to try a cleanser or even a night cream with this ingredient.
Now, I am in no way saying that I'm about to adopt the asian skincare way all at once - putting 17 products on my skin is a drastic change that has to be worked up to so you can see what your skin can handle and what works for you. But it certainly has opened my eyes to trying new products and techniques.
Thanks for reading guys!