As you may know, I've been using other snail products (such as my Benton goodies) and enjoying them. Today I'm going to review Mizon's snail gel, which I had initially used but wasn't impressed... until I got a humongous stress-induced red spot on my nose signaling a pimple.
Option 1: use Oxy/salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. I used this during my teens and only dried out my skin while the pimple remained unchecked. A definite nay.
Option 2: dab tea tree oil or lavender oil. It smelled good, but didn't work for me. Only plus point is that because they were oils, there was no drying of the zit area.
Option 3: get a shot at the dermatologist. Expensive.
Option 4: Mizon's Snail Gel-Cream! I first discovered this product and bought it after being convinced by the lovely lady at this blog.
Product: Mizon Multi Function Formula Snail Recovery Gel Cream
Price: SGD13.90 for 2 bottles, from Qoo10
Snail mucuous filtrate (74%), butylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, bis-PEG-18 methyl ethyl dimethyl silane, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, carbomer, glycosyl trehalose, hydrogenated starch hydrosylate, triethanolamine, polymethylsiloxane, hydroxyethylcellulose, caprylyl glycol, ethylhexyl glycerin, sodium polyacrylate, centella asiatica extract, portulaca olearacea extract, lotus extract, birch tree sap, copper tripeptide-1, allantoin, panthenol, olive oil, sunflower seed oil, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, adenosine, disodium EDTA
** As usual, ingredients that I'm not thrilled about highlighted in red.
Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 (extra 0.5 star for the low cost!)
I don't know why it's called a "gel cream" because this is definitely a gel to me. This is a cloudy gel with a very mild scent that reminds me of a cross between a floral and powder fragrance. When I first used this as a moisturizer, I wasn't impressed as it didn't provide adequate hydration for me.
However, this gel works WONDERS as a pimple stopper. Pat a pea-sized amount on your to-be-pimple and the areas around it, smother it in the gel, at bed-time. I have found it to work well at stopping pimples from fully appearing - the skin calms down and the swell also goes down overnight. Amazing stuff.
But what to do if you already have a fully erupted pimple on your skin?
Try Weleda's calendula diaper cream! I actually found this to be really good for healing pimples that I didn't manage to spot in time/ that suddenly appear. Don't let the "diaper cream"label put you off, the zinc content in the cream is great for troubled skin. And if it's good enough for a baby's sensitive skin, it's good for me :)
Just put a huge glob on your pimple and it will shrink and calm down overnight. Best thing is that the cream doesn't dry the skin, so you can put concealer on it without horrid flakes around the affected area.
I got my Weleda cream from iHerb here. If you quote my member code of CIJ604, you get $10 off your first purchase of $40 or above, and $5 off if you purchase less than $40.
Do share if you have other pimple remedies!