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The term ‘budget-friendly’ isn’t typically associated with serums, and often for good reason as they contain a higher concentration of potent ingredients, hence the higher price tag. But this K-Beauty serum is the perfect exception: The Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule is packed with amazing ingredients and you can grab it online for just $14 – see you at the checkout! And this serum does it all; it hydrates, heals, and plumps the skin like no other.

What makes this serum so damn good is its star ingredient; snail extract – it actually makes up 80% of the formula, which is pretty amazing! If you’re thinking why snail extract? Well, there are centuries of studies that prove its skincare potency; studies conducted as recently as 2013 and 2015 concluded that daily application of snail slime may result in a reduction of deep and fine lines. Other studies found that it promoted healing, including the healing of acne scars. But that’s not all, it also stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin, helping your skin remain soft and supple.

drugstore serum Source: Mizon

The formula also contains mega hydrator, hyaluronic acid, which can hold 1,000 times its weight in water (the brand also has an amazing Hyaluronic Serum, $15!). A cocktail of peptides and vitamins will help further diminish the appearance of fine lines and brighten the complexion, while the antioxidant-rich fruit extracts also promote the healing of acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Like we said, it does it all! We also love how soft this feels on the skin and how easily it absorbs to leave your skin feeling hydrated and dewy.

How to use:

Once you’ve cleansed and toned – and if you’re a K beauty addict, applied essence too – next apply three to four drops of serum directly onto your skin and gently pat until it’s fully absorbed. Follow with your fave moisturizer.

Shop it here, $14.