Hello, my lovely beauties! Today I’m coming to you with a review of Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I bought and tried quite a while ago but didn’t have time to publish the review fo it (I know, it’s just the matter of one click on the ”Publish” button, but what can I say- it just happened). So, without any further ado, I present you with my humble opinion on the cream from one of the most popular Korean skincare brands.
About the product
According to YesStyle website, the cream is meant to do five things: moisturize (without clogging pores), regulate oil-moisture balance (make the skin glow without looking greasy), repair damaged skin, whiten and provide anti-wrinkle benefits (fade fine lines and nasolabial folds). It is also recommended for acne-prone and sensitive skin as it’s formulated with mild, non-harmful ingredients.
The Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream takes its ”Steam” name from the way its combined ingredients were treated- high-temperature steam is injected into the mixture to stabilize it. It also contains Bee Venom and Snail Secretion Filtrate, hence the part ”Snail Bee” in the name.
Ingredients and Texture
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Behenyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Palmitic Acid, Sorbitan Olivate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Plantago Asiatica Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Campestris (Elm) Bark Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Carbomer, Urea, Arginine, Adenosine, Bee Venom, Pentylene Glycol, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin
- most of the ingredients are rated green meaning they’re safe to use (the only exceptions being Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea and Polysorbate 20 which have a yellow rating)
- contains many skin-beneficial ingredients such as the staple Snail Secretion Filtrate (anti-aging and promotes wound healing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating), Niacinamide (brightening and anti-aging), Arginine (increasing hydration and collagen production) and Adenosine ( soothing and skin-restoring)
- as well as quite a few plant-derived oils (e.g. Jojoba Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) that help with skin moisturization and can provide anti-oxidant benefits
- the cream also includes a number of plant extracts such as Plantago Asiatica Extract and Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract that provide the skin with a range of different benefits
- sh-Oligopeptide-1 in the cream which is meant to increase the rate of healing and renewal of the skin as well as slow the thinning of aging skin, thus minimising wrinkles, and Bee Venom that is supposed to even any existing wrinkles, acting as a non-invasive sort of botox
- as already mentioned, there are a few ingredients which can be deemed as somewhat safe (yellow rating)
- although the oils in the cream are meant to benefit the skin, according to Skincarisma, they (Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tindorius (Safflower) Seed Oil and Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil) can also trigger a fungal acne
- as well as some other ingredients- emulsifiers (Palmitic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Myristic Acid)
In terms of texture, the cream is white and thickish but spreads and absorbs pretty well, but needs to be patted in as it is viscous. leaving a thin moisturizing layer. It’s moisturizing but doesn’t leave any uncomfortable tackiness and layers up with other products as well.
I bought this cream to deviate from the moisturizer I was using for years and years. My skin is very dry and sensitive so a good moisturizer is a must in both my AM and PM routines. And I used physical sunscreens as well so my moisturizer not only has to be very gentle but also has to layer up well with my sunscreen (if it doesn’t, then I’m left with visible white streaks all over my face). So I was looking at products from brands that offer good quality, rich products well-suited for sensitive skin. And I found Benton. I decided to go for a toner (Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner) and the Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream which I’m reviewing right now. I will review the toner in due time as well.
So what are my thoughts on the Benton Steam Cream?
When I applied it for the first time, I was worried it would break me out as it seemed too heavy, too thick. But I was positively surprised. It spread incredibly well and although it needed patting in to fully absorb, it didn’t leave my skin sticky or feeling overwhelmed by the richness of the cream. Its scent wasn’t overwhelming either- just a slight pleasant scent which I can’t even compare to anything.
In terms of effectiveness, the cream was moisturizing enough to cope with my dry skin but maybe too rich for the season during which I was using it- summer. I believe it would be better suited for the winter season. But although it felt a bit too rich for summer, it didn’t break me out, didn’t cause any other skin problems and layered up well with my sunscreen. However, apart from good moisturization, it didn’t do anything additional to my skin. Yes, the ingredients list was great, with all those skin-beneficial ingredients including Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide and sh-Oligopeptide-1, but it didn’t do much to my fine lines and a few wrinkles I already have. Nor did it brighten my skin. So, a big let down.
To sum up, Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is a very good moisturizer (especially for the winter season) that works well with physical sunscreens. But apart from that, it didn’t turn out to be as effective as it is marketed (at least on YesStyle) AND the tube is quite small for $15 (50ml)- after a discount. I finished it quite fast so in the long run, I’m not sure whether I’d like to spend so much money on a cream that just moisturizes well. There are other good moisturizers that I can buy for a much lower price.
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