I'm back with a skincare review! This time Indokawaii gave me the opportunity to try out the Chilean product called Elicina Crema de Caracol or Elicina Snail Cream.
They sent me a 20 g jar of Elicina Cream The Original. Elicina comes in three types of product that you can choose from depending on your needs:
- Elicina Cream The Original,
- Elicina Cream Plus (which contains extra moisturizer),
- and Elicina Eye Contour Cream.
But of course you have to use it religiously for at least two weeks to see the result. I myself have been using this cream every morning and night for the past three weeks. I apply it all over my face and neck prior to my daily moisturizer which is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and so far the combination hasn't been causing any problem to my skin.
At the back of the packaging you could see the expiration date and the ingredients. As far as packaging goes, I'm quite satisfied. Of course it would be nicer if it weren't in a jar where you have to scoop the product with your finger. But if you're that concerned about hygiene, you could use a spatula to get the product out.
The cream itself is white in color and has a slightly gel-like consistency. It is fast absorbed and it doesn't leave greasy film on the skin. It does look whitish when you first apply it on your face but that goes away after a couple of minutes. I've used this cream under makeup before and I experienced no oily outbreak or anything unpleasant, so I really do like the texture of this cream. It's definitely not too heavy for my oily skin.
Now, the next question is... does it work??
Well, after about two weeks of use I began to notice that my skin does feel more supple and smooth! My skin also looks moisturized and healthy even when I'm not wearing makeup, which of course makes me ecstatic. But, what bugs me is that it doesn't seem to help with my post-breakout acne scars. That really surprised me because the reddish acne scars that I have on my jawlines are relatively recent. I thought the cream would at least speed up my skin's recovery, but no. The scars are still there, looking as obvious as they were three weeks ago.
Maybe I need to wait a bit longer for it to work for my scars but I won't get my hopes too high. I think a lot of factors should be put into consideration when it comes to healing scars, especially acne scars. From my past experience (I did go through a bad breakout before), it did need a few months for my skin to heal from the redness and blotches that resulted from my hormonal breakout. I'm going to rely more on healthy diet to assure that my skin gets what it needs to regenerate new tissues.
Elicina Snail Cream The Original is priced at Rp 175.000 (around $20) for a 20 g jar which is not bad in my opinion. You only need a little to cover your face and neck. If your skin is dry, you might want to purchase the one with extra moisturizer.
All in all, I think this cream is worth a shot if you're looking for something that can improve your skin texture or even out your complexion. I really like the way my makeup sticks to my skin now after using this cream.
So, have you tried this cream before? What's your opinion about it?
If you haven't, would you give it a try?