Product Review: COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE, 100ml, US$19
COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE, 100ml, US$19

Tired of all the perfumes, colorants and alcohol found in most Korean skincare? I am glad there are options! My skin, which is sensitive, dry and dehydrated, can no longer tolerate these additives — especially alcohol, which tends to burn my skin — so it is a nice relief and surprise to finally find a Korean skincare brand that does not use the bad stuff in its formulation.

COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE, 100ml, US$19
COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE, 100ml, US$19

COSRX is not a previously known brand to me, but after doing a bit of research, it seems to be a good brand that doesn’t rely on the additives or fancy packaging. The ingredient lists in its products are short, compared to most Korean brands, which, actually, is a good thing, especially if you have sensitive skin.

For some reason, the snail mucin really works for me. I thought it was just one of those fads at first — but after using a Missha snail serum, I am hooked. I find that it heals my skin from windburn, sunburn, chemical burn or alcohol burn, and it actually prevents my skin from forming any zits, even around that time of the month. I was going to buy another Missha serum, but to be honest, Missha is a cheap brand, and I don’t want to shell out $40 for a Missha product…enter COSRX, which I found from Jolse.com, my go-to Korean website of late. It’s affordable (most of its products are around the US$15-20 price range) and the ingredients are solid. No fillers, no baddies.

COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE Ingredients
COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE Ingredients

Look at the ingredients. It’s 96% snail mucin, no alcohol. Hurray! Skincare really should be like this!

Anyway, I have been using this 100ml for 2 months, 4 pumps daily and I have half a bottle left. It isn’t sticky, hydrates rather well, and keeps my skin very supple, problem free. I bought it when it was on sale for US$16 on Jolse.com. COSRX has other essences and I plan to try them too. 🙂

COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE
COSRX ADVANCED SNAIL 96 MUCIN POWER ESSENCE

And for those who are confused about the dates printed on Korean skincare, I love that a lot of them (including COSRX, The Face Shop, etc.) now clearly print both the manufacture and expiry dates, taking the guess work out of using the products.

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