BENTON. BENTON. BENTON.
Oh Benton. I love you. I’m always so wary of ridiculously hyped up products, but the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is just one of those products that really deserves all the praise. I don’t understand how such a little tub of cream can deliver such amazing results. It’s legit a miracle cream.
So, unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve read about Benton. Benton is an independent Korean cosmetics company that specializes in snail mucus cosmetics (as well as aloe) and products for sensitive, acne prone skin. Snail mucus has long been used in cosmetics, dating back to ancient Greece, where reportedly Hippocrates mixed crushed snails with soured milk to heal skin inflammation. So yeah, snail mucus sounds pretty gross, but the benefits are amazing. What I find interesting is that while Benton has seemingly taken off abroad and is gushed about on a lot of blogs outside of Korea, most people in Korea have never even heard of the brand. There’s no advertising here for it, and everyone that I’ve asked about it has no idea exists. It’s not sold in stores either, only through gmarket.com, which is a bitch and a half to navigate but once you learn, it’s the greatest thing in the entire world. To be honest, if it weren’t for Kerry and her awesome reviews, I would’ve never heard of Benton.
I’ve learned that the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam cream actually comes in new tube packaging now, so I won’t be going in to too much detail about the packaging. In previous versions, the cream was packaged in a small plastic jar without a spatula. In both its previous and current packaging, there is 50g of product.
The cream is completely unscented, which is quite refreshing from all of the heavily scented products Korea tends to churn out. It is white, with a quite thick creamy consistency. And a TINY BIT is all you need. I’m one of those people that likes to slather myself in creams, pretty much like I’m embalming myself. The first time I used it, I put WAY too much on and I had a hard time getting the product to absorb. I was like umm….the hell is going on here?! This is product everyone keeps raving about? I can’t even get it to absorb into my skin?! But yeah, I was using too much. Just a dime sized amount is more than enough for your whole face. It’s incredibly hydrating and isn’t oily at all. I like to use the Benton steam cream in the mornings, as it dries matte and doesn’t leave a sheen to the skin. It’s the perfect under makeup moisturizer.
What I like so much about the steam cream is that it has this ability to really heal your skin from redness and irritation. Whenever I get my gross hormonal breakouts, I usually have 2 or 3 large, angry, awful, RED, pimples. They are the worst kind, because you can’t cover them up really with makeup, and the redness just takes it to a whole other level. While I have found that the Benton Steam Cream doesn’t help get rid of the pimples as fast as the AC Care products do, it really helps with the redness and scarring. I always get horrible acne scars from my pimples, and I’ve learned that while using Benton, my scarring isn’t nearly as bad. YASSSSSS!
But, I decided to put Benton to the true test. THE BOYFRIEND TEST. Ladies. I don’t know if you know the struggle, but I’d been trying to get Johnny to use Benton products for ages. He was basically like uh hell no I’m not putting snails on my face, nope, never, not doing it. Well, he has a port wine stain birth mark on his face, and before he left Korea, he had a laser treatment done. When he gets laser treatments, his face is extremely bruised, red, swollen, and takes an incredibly long time to heal. I’d told him all about how snail mucus really helps with redness and skin inflammation and all that great stuff, and after he researched it on his own, he reluctantly agreed to try it.
He’s had these laser treatments done many times before, but this particular time it was much worse because the doctor used a really high powered laser, much higher than he’s previously used. His face looked awful, and painful, and I don’t know how he does it because I would need Jesus to take all of the wheels if it were me. It usually takes him a little over 2 weeks to heal completely, but while using the Benton steam cream he was completely healed within 10 days. Now, he can’t stop asking me to use it. You know a product is good when your boyfriend starts to ask for it. I think I’ll have to buy him his own jar! It’s the perfect cream for those not only with acne, redness, and sensitivity, but for those recovering from laser or any other types of facial treatments.
I also think that if you test a lot of products, and are putting yourself at risk for skin irritations or allergic reactions, the Benton steam cream is a must have. I had a few little bumps on my forehead from a sheet mask, and within 2 days of using the cream, they were gone. It’s just really fucking fantastic at healing irritated, sensitive skin. I’ve been looking for the longest time for a no frills, effective, and affordable moisturizer, and the Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
What’s your favorite moisturizer? Let me know in the comments!
I purchased my Benton cream from w2beauty.com for 19USD. Make sure to use my sponsor code 05632401 to get $5 off your first order!
If you live in Korea, you can order from Benton’s official Gmarket.com store. It’s 15,000W.