There are certain brands I constantly overlook. Like Mizon. I just don’t think about them much these days, which is a shame. Mizon might be easy for a fickle blogger to outgrow in the quest for exciting new things, but the brand’s solid if unglamorous products have a lot to offer at really reasonable prices (if you buy them from the right places). Take the Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack. Do you like snails? Do you hate wrinkles? Do you enjoy sleeping? You might like this!
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Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack Review
First, a little backstory. I actually tried Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack for the first time a really long time ago. Over a year ago and maybe even before I started this blog. Joan from Kinseng had mentioned it a few times (she later gave it a rave review), and I was intrigued. So I bought myself a jar and gave it a shot.
And I hated it. I hated the way it felt so much that I just couldn’t stick it out. I sold my jar off (possibly to Joan, I don’t remember now) after just a few uses.
The thing about my original terrible impression of the Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack is that my skin has changed since then. It’s important to keep skin’s changing needs in mind when putting together a skincare routine. So when I spotted this product on Amazon, I bought myself another jar and tried again.
Purpose: Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack is a sleeping pack that claims to revitalize skin and reduce fine lines.
Best suited for: Dry and normal-to-dry skin with visible fine lines and loss of elasticity and firmness.
Do not use if: You are sensitive to fatty alcohols, citrus and other botanical oils and extracts, or anything else in the ingredients list.
When and how to use: As the last step of your nighttime skincare routine, smooth a small amount over skin. Let dry for a few minutes before going to bed. Pat in for a more comfortable finish.
Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack ingredients: Snail secretion filtrate, glycerin, butylene glycol, propanediol, cetyl ethylhexanoate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, cyclopentasiloxane, glyceryl stearate, 1,2-hexanediol, cyclohexasiloxane, peg-100 stearate, carbomer, magnesium aluminum silicate, polysorbate 20, potassium hydroxide, sodium polyacrylate, water, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, adenosine, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, disodium EDTA, dipropylene glycol, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, ocimum basilicum (basil) oil, pinus sylvestris leaf oil, camellia sinensis leaf oil, dimethicone, glacier water, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, hydrogenated polydecene, sea water, honey extract, sodium hyaluronate, propylene glycol, alcohol, hydrolyzed extensin, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract, caulerpa lentillifera extract, glycine soja (soybean) seed extract, beta-glucan, gentiana lutea root extract, achillea millefolium extract, artemisia absinthium extract, arnica montana flower extract, salvia officinalis (sage) extract, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, saussurea involucrata extract, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower extract, dioscorea japonica root extract, plumeria rubra flower extract, tremella fuciformis (mushroom) extract, ethylhexylglycerin, rh-oligopeptide-1
Notable ingredients: Snail tops the list here, which is always a good thing in my opinion. There’s plenty of other good stuff in here as well, ranging from dependable moisturizing ingredients like caprylic/capric triglyceride and cetyl and stearyl alcohols to more exciting anti-aging substances like adenosine and rh-oligopeptide-1, also known as Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF). I’ve noticed that Mizon loves using peptides, among them EGF, in their products. EGF is said to stimulate collagen and elastin production. As Kerry explained in her Mizon snail cream review:
Often called EGF (an acronym for Epidermal Growth Factor) in skincare products, Ogliopeptides are molecules that are used in medicine to help treat wounds and burns, assisting in the regrowth of skin. They work by increasing cell growth, and in addition to helping with cell and blood vessel growth, they also play a role in collagen and elastin production. I had a hard time locating any studies that are specifically focused on Ogliopeptide-1 (that doesn’t mean they don’t exist – it just means I couldn’t find one), but this is a very interesting study concerning the efficacy of Ogliopeptide-10 (PDF), which showed it to effectively stimulate collagen production without any serious side effects.
There are some potentially problematic ingredients in this sleeping pack as well, though. Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack contains a ton of botanical extracts and oils, among them some that are commonly known as irritants, including lavender in both oil and extract form. This product also contains citrus extracts and oils. There’s some controversy around these ingredients in commercial skincare products due to their possible photosensitizing and phototoxic effects. After having used many, many skincare products containing citrus extracts and oils, often during the day, I’ve made the choice for myself to be okay with them. I’ve never experienced a UV reaction from such products, and it’s unlikely they’re present in concentrations that could be harmful. My guess is that they’re included primarily for fragrance purposes. If you’ve had issues with citrus extracts or oils in the past, however, you may want to approach this sleeping pack with caution.
Even if you’re wary of citrus oils and extracts because of their photosensitizing potential, however, you may not have to rule out the Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack. That’s because this is a pure play sleeping pack that hardly anyone will want to use during the day. Despite having the subtle translucence of a typical light and hydrating gel cream, it’s remarkably dense and emollient.
Thick and smooth, with a light citrusy-herbal fragrance and a lot of slip, Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack glides easily onto skin, where it forms a protective barrier against moisture loss. This is not a product meant to fully absorb into skin. It’s also not particularly hydrating. Like I said, this is a pure play sleeping pack. It will seal in whatever skincare you’ve applied beforehand, and it will deliver some skincare benefits while you sleep, but it will not not replace a moisturizer step. I’m fine with that because I enjoy layering lots of skincare products at night. If you’re looking for a more all-in-one sleeping pack, however, this is not the sleeping pack you’re looking for.
This is also not the sleeping pack you’re looking for if you can’t stand products that leave a sticky finish, because Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack leaves a very sticky finish. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s applied to bare skin or over a full skincare routine, either. No matter what, it will dry down sticky. STICKY. This and the heavy emollient feel of the product were the reasons I hated it when I tried it the first time.
This time around, I made my peace with the stickiness and the heaviness. My skin no longer minds a bit of heaviness, since prescription tretinoin and the Ravages of Time have made my skin more prone to dryness than it used to be, and the stickiness can be mitigated a bit with some patting down after the product absorbs. For me, these little flaws are worth it because this product does exactly what I want it to do. Mornings after I use it, my skin always looks extra supple and extra smooth, with a noticeable increase in firmness and bounce. I wouldn’t use this every night even if my current testing schedule allowed it, but I highly enjoy the results I get on the two or three mornings a week after I do use it.
Conclusion: Like other Mizon products I’ve tried, Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack isn’t spectacular, either in experience or effects. It has some weaknesses and a few entries in its extensive ingredients list that may make it a no-go. If you can put up with a bit of stickiness and none of the ingredients are triggers for you, however, this sleeping pack could become a staple in your skincare wardrobe. It’s generously sized at 80ml, and the effects are excellent for the price as long as you don’t buy it from someone who’s trying to convince you that Mizon is a prestige brand normally sold at prestige prices.
Where can I buy Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack?
Mizon Snail Wrinkle Care Sleeping Pack is available from several sellers:
- RoseRoseShop for 12,600 won (currently about $11USD) with free shipping (generally, RRS has the most rock-bottom low prices for Mizon, and all Mizon products are free shipping from their site)
- Amazon for $15.55 with free two-day Prime shipping*
- Wishtrend for $18.99*
- Mizonworld for $23
- Peach and Lily for $26
Do you own any products with serious flaws that you always forgive?