You could not have observed, however I actually like snail mucin in my skincare. So when my new good friend Kevin from Korean magnificence model Swanicoco requested me which of the model’s merchandise I’d be most focused on making an attempt, I put their Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum proper on the prime of my (in all probability unreasonably lengthy) recordof calls for.
(Thanks for every little thing, Kevin.)
It was about time for me to offer a unique snail product an opportunity, since I’d been utilizing my beloved COSRX Superior Snail 96 Mucin Energy Essence for over a yr at that time. I’ve now used the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum for six weeks. The bottle is empty. Let’s speak fermentation snails!
Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum Assessment
For the previous couple of years, Swanicoco has been showing within the routines of a few of my fellow AB bloggers, like Vainness Rex, who gave a optimistic assessment of the emulsion on this line early final yr. From what I’ve seen, the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum is fairly consultant of the model’s intensive product portfolio: a mixture of purposeful elements like niacinamide and adenosine with plenty of extracts and a beneficiant serving to of ferments.
Objective: Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum claims to brighten, soften, and moisturize pores and skin whereas bettering elasticity and the looks of high-quality strains.
Finest suited to: All pores and skin sorts.
Don’t use if: You might be delicate to snail mucin, ferments, niacinamide, or anything within the elements record. Patch check rigorously you probably have a mud mite allergy, as there seems to be some cross-reactivity between mud mite and snail allergic reactions. For what it’s value, I’m very delicate to mud and under no circumstances to snails, however higher secure than sorry.
When and easy methods to use: Use after cleaning and any actives in your skincare routine, inserting it after any toners and/or watery essences however earlier than any thicker serums, ampoules, emulsions, or lotions. (For extra on easy methods to put merchandise so as in your routine, try this publish.) Dispense 2-3 pumps of product and clean over face. Pat in or let dry barely earlier than transferring on to the subsequent step.
Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum elements (record supplied by Swanicoco; differs from its itemizing in Hwahae): Snail secretion filtrate (52%), butylene glycol, rh-oligopeptide-1, wild ginseng cell tradition extract, nicotinoyl tripeptide-1, caffeoyl tripeptide-1, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, saccharomyces/viscum album (mistletoe) ferment extract, saccharomyces/imperata cylindrica root ferment extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, niacinamide, 1,2-hexanediol, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, carbomer, polysorbate 60, centella asiatica extract, hydrolyzed elastin, arginine, magnolia kobus bark extract, saccharomyces/angelica dahurica root ferment extract, rhus semialata gall extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, adenosine, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) leaf extract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract, thujopsis dolabrata department extract, ruta graveolens oil
Notable elements: The primary ingredient within the record is snail secretion filtrate, and in line with the endlessly educated and useful Kevin, the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum comprises 52% of it. That may sound like rather a lot however is definitely on the low aspect for a snail therapy product. COSRX’s essence clocks in at 96% and the cream at 92%; Benton’s Snail Bee Excessive Content material Essence comprises 90% snail in line with Pores and skin and Tonics, the place Kerry additionally lists the snail in Mizon’s Snail Restore Intensive Ampoule as 80%.
The COSRX snail essence publish I linked earlier comprises a extra detailed clarification (with citations) of the identified and potential skincare advantages of snail mucin. Briefly, snail slime is at minimal a splendidly moisturizing and skin-softening substance. It could additionally ship wound-healing, UV damage-repairing, and atrophic zits scar-improving advantages. It’s actually good, and I prefer it in very massive portions on my face always.
Within the absence of a giant proportion of snail slime, the opposite elements on this product have to shine. The Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum comprises a number of ferment elements. These could present extra-bioavailable antioxidant, brightening, and anti-aging compounds to pores and skin.
The product additionally options ginseng stem cells. Ginseng is superior for me, in order that’s thrilling. There’s niacinamide within the serum for brightening, peptides for potential firming and wrinkle management, and tons of botanical extracts, which I lump collectively as of late underneath the “basic pores and skin well being” umbrella.
A few not-so-happy notes: For the primary time since I began utilizing the app, I discovered a discrepancy between the elements record I used to be given by the model and the elements record proven in Hwahae, the Korean cosmetics ingredient database. A substantial whack of elements are lacking from the Hwahae entry, which doesn’t present allantoin, carbomer, polysorbate 60, centella asiatica extract, hydrolyzed elastin, arginine, magnolia kobus bark extract, and saccharomyces/angelica dahurica root ferment extract. The remainder of the elements match up.
I’m going to go along with the model’s ingredient record for this assessment, because it contains elastin, which is talked about on the product packaging however not within the Hwahae entry. Might simply be a knowledge entry error. I’ve some continued lingering doubts because of the scent of the product, however we’ll get again to that later.
The opposite factor I’m not terribly joyful about is that if the elements record I used to be supplied is full, the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum doesn’t appear to make use of a very sturdy preservative system. It’s comparable in that regard to the Olivarrier Twin Moist Hyaluron Essence that I reviewed (and preferred) late final yr. How bizarre is it that 2016 is “final yr” now? Anyway, if you happen to want to keep away from parabens, which may make this product additional enticing.
On the plus aspect, the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum is available in an airless pump bottle to stop contamination and untimely degradation. That’s why I’m not marking it down a lot for being extra weakly preserved than I want.
You understand how typically folks like a factor, however you don’t, they usually simply can’t perceive how you possibly can not just like the factor? I’m like that typically. For instance, it’s an irrefutable proven fact that Jesus is one of the best character on the present season of The Strolling Lifeless and there’s no proof on the contrary so you possibly can’t argue with me about it.
Snails, although? Yeah, I get why some folks may be within the results however squeamish about making an attempt the precise merchandise. As a result of even the ingredient identify is slightly freaky. There isn’t any fairly technique to record the snail ingredient. It’s both snail MUCIN or snail SECRETION filtrate. The colloquial phrases are snail SLIME or snail GOO. I can’t fault anybody for being reluctant to place MUCIN or SECRETION or SLIME or GOO on their face, particularly if the product truly feels like all of these phrases.
(I’ve seen a minimum of one model check with the ingredient as MUCUS, which is…effectively. That’s slightly a lot even for me.)
Fortunately for the goo-averse, Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum doesn’t resemble mucin or secretion or slime or goo in any respect! It has a watery gel consistency that spreads simply over pores and skin and sinks in rapidly. No stringiness and no glistening path of slime. The obvious lack of silicones and waxes, and the very low oil content material within the product, permit it to layer effectively with different merchandise, too.
The odor did throw me off, as I discussed within the elements part up above. For a product that’s ostensibly scented solely by the extracts within the formulation, the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum has fairly a regular (and powerful) soapy/floral perfume. The scent itself doesn’t hassle me the best way many perfumes do. It’s simply puzzling, since I wouldn’t affiliate this sort of odor with a no-added-fragrances product.
A number of of the Swanicoco merchandise I acquired from the model share the identical scent and a number of other of the identical extracts, so I think about both that individual extract mix makes that perfume, or the ingredient provider has tucked perfume into a number of of these extracts.
I do know I’ve been occurring and on about fragrances in merchandise these days, and I’m sorry if it’s getting tedious. I do it as a result of perfume can have such a strong impact on the person expertise of a product, person expertise tends to find out whether or not you retain utilizing it or not, and you may’t get outcomes if you happen to can’t convey your self to maintain utilizing the product.
In my case, the scent grew on me, so I stored utilizing the product. I’ll observe the path of snail slime nearly anyplace.
Brief-term outcomes had been encouraging. Whereas the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum comprises much less snail goo than many different snail merchandise, it does ship one of many key advantages of snail: that light-weight emollient softening impact that leaves pores and skin feeling child comfortable and guarded with out being weighed down.
The impact isn’t as pronounced and this serum isn’t as deeply nourishing as my go-to COSRX snail essence, however the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum has some results COSRX’s doesn’t. COSRX’s Superior Snail 96 Mucin Energy Essence is a singlemindedly snaily product. The Swanicoco serum provides a wider vary of advantages, which started revealing themselves between a couple of days and some weeks after I began utilizing the product. It has a redness-calming impact that I observed particularly round my mouth space, which tends in direction of extra sensitivity (rattling these SLS toothpastes that I simply can’t stop) than the remainder of my face.
The calming skills of the Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum developed, over time, right into a basic enchancment within the brightness and evenness of my pores and skin. It’s not a brightness within the sense of pale pigmentation a lot as it’s a wholesome floor glow, the mix of a really clean floor with very hydrated pores and skin and an absence of discoloration attributable to irritation. This product additionally offers my pores and skin a pleasant elastic bounce even when it’s the one serum I’ve time to use within the morning. And regardless of all my choices, I incessantly selected this as my solely morning serum.
Conclusion: After six weeks and an entire bottle of product, I’m proud of my expertise with Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum. The airless pump bottle addresses my reservations in regards to the preservatives, whereas I discovered the perfume completely manageable in spite of everything, and it gave me some very nice outcomes. It will not be the snailiest snail product round, however it’s a effectively rounded serum. I feel it’d be particularly helpful for individuals who don’t wish to layer a ton of merchandise however do need softer, calmer, and extra luminous pores and skin together with a style of snail. (Not actually. Don’t put it in your mouth. Doesn’t style good.)
1 – This needs to be taken off the market, or this failed at its one main job.
2 – Brought about me some issues or doesn’t work very effectively; wouldn’t purchase once more.
3 – Meh. Neither nice nor unhealthy.
4 – Fairly good. Price rebuying.
5 – I’ll by no means be within the marketplace for a alternative except this one is discontinued.
Disclaimer: Opinions on this weblog are descriptive, not prescriptive. Particular person experiences with merchandise could differ. As at all times, patch check, know your sensitivities, and bear in mind, YMMV!
The place can I purchase Swanicoco Fermentation Snail Advanced Care Serum?
This product isn’t tremendous straightforward to search out for the time being. Let’s hope extra sellers decide it up quickly.
Are you into tremendous snaily snail issues? Try my assessment of Naruko NRK Snail Essence Intense Hydra Restore Masks for an expertise that’s the precise reverse of this stealthily snaily snail product!