My Quest For An Age-Appropriate Skincare Routine Coutines…And Now It Involves Snail Mucin

A few weeks ago on the blog I confessed that, until a year ago, my skincare routine was in desperate need of updating – a makeover for my makeunder, if you will. I realised I was only doing the bare minimum for my skin: removing my makeup (vigilantly), washing my face in the shower with Cetaphil, a face mask once a fortnight, a touch of moisturiser when I could be bothered, and literally that.was.it. I had relatively good skin but the perfectionist in me wondered just how goodmy skin could look if I had a routine as meticulous and methodical as those profiled in the bible, Into The Gloss.

So I started my quest by hunting down the best dedicated cleanser and it was an overwhelming success. I discovered the Eve Lom Cleanser and not only am I now the brand’s biggest cheerleader, I have somehow convinced a lot of you guys to try it – and fall in love with it- too.  So then my attention moved towards serums and, full disclosure: I had no idea what a serum was or did until beauty editor Megan Bedford told The Twenties Club. “Consider them a multi-vitamin for your skin. They’re not essential but they are a great way to get a concentrated dose of beneficial skincare ingredients. Serums are made to target different skin issues, so if you want to experiment with serums in your twenties focus on those with hydrating and brightening properties.” But on my quest to have perfect, not just good, skin I decided I couldn’t just ignore serums all together.

So I poured through pages and pages of Into The Gloss looking for any recurring themes on what brands or ingredients people swear by for serums, and I came across something, or rather someone, that stopped me in my tracks. A financial auditor from New York who had the most incredible skin I have ever seen on a non-celebrity.

Just look at her. Between her financial capabilities and flawless skin I was literally on the floor.

 And guess what product she swears by? SERUM (!!!)

But not just any serum, Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin from Korea.

Mucin? Is that… poo?

Actually it’s snail enzymes that have properties powerful enough to smooth the texture of your skin, clear redness, fade acne scars and deeply hydrate without leaving any heaviness or greasiness often associated with moisturisers. Essentially promising that super-natural glow we’ve come to expect from any skincare product that comes out of Korea. Besides, at this point I was hardly concerned with putting snail slime on my face and more concerned with tracking down the serum as quickly as possible.

So what was it like? Well, Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin is clear, scentless and gel-like (but also snail goo like) in texture. Initially it freaked me out that it had no scent (very hard to ignore snail involvement when it doesn’t smell like lavender) and it was thinner in consistency than I had hoped and I just had to wander if maybe this was in fact the glue I used for paper mache in junior school mixed with something a snail recently excreted.

But paper mache aside, after four weeks of using it twice a day, my skin is noticeably smoother and softer. My skin feels hydrated but not in that greasy way a moisturiser often does. The colour of my skin is definitely more even which I love; less red and more good old-fashioned pale. I don’t know if the serum has faded any of my tiny acne scars and my financial auditing skills haven’t improved at all. In the essence of not wasting product (pet peeve of mine) I’ll continue using the Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin until the bottle runs out and after that I might experiment with something new, until I find the serum that reigns supreme.

Has it changed my skincare routine? Definitely.

Has it changed my life? I don’t think so.

And so…the quest continues.