Moisturizer For Glass Skin | Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer Review

The weather is getting colder and drier, friends! Are you updating your skin care routine as needed? I’m so happy to be able to reintroduce this golden, glass-skin, friend into my routine, and share it with you! I am a fan of Missha’s Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, and when I found out there was a lighter version available I had to try it right away. (Skin care obsessed friends understand when you just buy products on a whim even though you can’t/don’t use them right away.) This was before summer started so I’ve had this moisturizer for quite a while. I delayed writing this review because I felt it was more appropriate to share during the fall so let’s go!

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What It Is

The Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Essential Moisturizer is a lighter version of the cream that was made for acne scar sufferers. It is formulated with 40% snail mucin that works to rebuild damaged skin cells for firmer skin. This moisturizer comes in a glass pump bottle. You get 4.4oz for $33.

Ingredient Analysis

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Snail Slime Extract, Water, Glycereth-26, Butylene Glycol, Mango Seed Butter, PEG-32, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Baobab Tree Extract, Butyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethoxy Glycol, PEG-20Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Betaine, Squalene, Deep Sea Water, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Adenosine, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower/Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Centella Asiatica Meristem Cell Culture, Polyacrylate-13, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Oleate, Polyisobutene, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Xanthan Gum, Octyldodecanol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Dimethiconol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Glycerin, Perfume

Overall, the ingredients here pass the safety test. The most important ingredient, which is also the first ingredient listed (yippee!), is Snail Slime Extract. If you’re not familiar with snail slime, it is a fantastic anti-aging, skin-healing ingredient. The slime itself contains glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and peptides, which are all integral to producing collagen, increasing elastin, hydration, fighting blemishes, and healing damaged skin.

We’re also introduced to Baobab Tree Extract, which is another anti-aging ingredient. It boosts elasticity, evens skin tone, and also hydrates the skin. Niacinamide helps to revitalize skin tone, improve the appearance of pores, fight fine lines, and strengthen skin. With all these anti-aging ingredients, this sounds like a freaking miracle!

Results

First off, this moisturizer has a honey-like texture and is quite slimy/sticky. It is incredibly hydrating and refreshing with a clean fragrance (just like the cream); however, the texture keeps it a seasonal product. Like I said in my introduction, I got this moisturizer earlier in the year (like March…). I had the intention of using it during the summer, but the sticky texture combined with hot weather was unbearable. It dries down tacky and shiny so if you’re going for that “glass skin” look, then this is for you!

 
 I tried to capture the shine as best as possible, but this was still muted. IRL, you get the wet look.

I tried to capture the shine as best as possible, but this was still muted. IRL, you get the wet look.

 

Fast forward to now. The air feels colder and drier, and this moisturizer actually feels perfect. When skin is dehydrated, skin texture gets exaggerated so those pores and lines look so big they can get their own street names. When I use this moisturizer, things stay nice and taut. Makeup also looks and feels so much better thanks to the tacky finish- everything sticks!

With regards to acne scar improvement, it’s hard to say if it really did anything. I haven’t had any major breakouts that I could test this on. And with the couple blemishes I got here and there, they weren’t significant enough to see a difference.

Conclusion

I don’t think this is a moisturizer for everyone. Oily skin friends and those who hate feeling sticky, stay far away from this. I can only stand using this during the day AND in the fall/winter when it’s dry. If you can get over the texture, it is an excellent moisturizer to rehydrate dry, tired skin.

★★★★  out of 5

Pros: Very hydrating, Skin plumping

Cons: Sticky texture

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