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Review: Peeling Products

Hello Readers! This month’s product review will be about peeling products.

NATURE REPUBLIC Peeling Esthe Aqua Peeling Gel Wash

I’ve used peeling gels before and the right product will exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. I would say that the peeling gel is a good do-it-yourself product if you want instant satisfaction, but don’t expect to literally have a layer of skin peeled off (for that you are referring to chemical peels)!

I purchased this product because I wanted to try a new peeling gel. I couldn’t try it at the store, so I bought it with high hopes. I sniffed it at the store and at the time thought it smelled good but once I got it home, I realized the smell was like the plastic part of a Band-aid. It gave off a rubbery odour. I like my products to smells good (even if it is artificial) so the scent of this product did not win me over.

This product promotes that it removes skin waste and dead cells, quenches skin with aqua capsules and replenishes lost moisture. The texture as expected is a gel, it isn’t extremely runny and you can see the little aqua capsules (in yellow) which melts/explodes when you press/rub them. Considering I haven’t used any peels recently, I wasn’t impressed that the product did not remove as much dead skin as I had hoped (which could be a good thing and indicate that I don’t have a lot of dead skin on my face).

The instructions were to cleanse your face, pat dry, apply the proper amount over your face, massage for 1-2 minutes, and finally,rinse with warm water. I did as instructed but I felt that the dead skin only started coming off after a minute of rubbing the gel into my face. By the time the dead skin came off, you couldn’t tell that I previously had gel on my face. It was as if the skin was coming off because I was simply rubbing my fingers on my face for too long. I did notice a bit of white bits on my face afterwards, so I can’t knock it for not doing its advertised purpose.

The aqua capsules did pop but I didn’t feel that it was enough to replenish what was lost. After I rinsed off the dead skin and pat-dried my face, my skin felt dry. Lucky for me, I have lots of moisturizing products to fill that gap! I didn’t feel that my skin was necessarily smoother or softer, but I guess it did exfoliate as I did see dead skin after using the product.

Came in a pretty pink box. Size: 120ml

Came in a pretty pink box. Size: 120ml

The gel with its aqua capsules (coincidentally all lined up).

The gel with its aqua capsules (coincidentally all lined up).

I popped the capsules.

I popped the capsules.

After the initial rub-in of the gel.

After the initial rub-in of the gel.

After massaging for 60 seconds you can see the dead skin cells collecting on the surface.

After massaging for 60 seconds you can see the dead skin cells collecting on the surface.

The end result is that there was no dramatic visual difference, but it does feel smoother. Overall, I was not impressed with this product and would not recommend it. I had anticipated that it would remove more dead skin.

I couldn’t just write about a product that I wouldn’t recommend, so I will write about one that I would. It is a peeling product for your feet!

TONY MOLY Maxi Power Foot Peeling Liquid

When I approached the peeling products in Tony Moly, the sales lady came over and spoke to me in Korean. I’m not fluent, and so I asked her if she spoke English (in Korean), which really confused her, and I apologized to her for that. She then told me in broken English that the one I picked smells really bad (I assume like chemicals), and she recommended this one instead. My Mom and I tried this a few months back but didn’t take pictures at the time of the process. I will use it again for the demo but there probably won’t be follow up photos. The product states that it also controls sweat and suppresses odor. Not sure how to prove that statement!

With this product you just put your feet in the plastic fabric shoes. Next, you pour in the liquid and then tie it. You have to let it soak in for about 60-90 minutes which may seem like a long time, but it is just long enough for an episode of a Korean drama. Ha ha. It does have a slight chemical smell, but not very strong. The package recommends that you let it soak until your feet have fully absorbed the liquid, so it may take up to 90 minutes. It took my little size 5 ½ feet about 90 minutes!

Afterwards, rinse off the product and pat dry. The peeling starts about 4-6 days after application. To be honest, I didn’t notice a lot of peeling but it could be because I wear socks all day and it peeled in the sock without me knowing (or I don’t have a lot of dead skin on my feet). My Mom said that hers peeled a lot and she was grossed out by it, but was very happy with the end result.

Tip! Do not forcefully peel the skin, let it naturally peel off itself. If you rip it off, it could rip off skin that is fresh/still attached and it could be painful!

Tony Moly Power Foot Peeling, Size: 25ml*2

Tony Moly Power Foot Peeling, Size: 25ml*2

Feet in plastic shoes (lining of soft fabric inside).

Feet in plastic shoes (lining of soft fabric inside).

All tied up and ready for soaking. (Thanks Mom for being the model!)

All tied up and ready for soaking. (Thanks Mom for being the model!)

Overall, this is a good product and very popular as well. A definitely thumbs up!

Becky’s Tip: Make a note of the expiry date on your open products. The effectiveness of products decrease after it is opened…and of course there’s germs and bacteria growth! Ditch them and replace it with new ones or try new products!

Look for the little jar symbol with the number on it.

Look for the little jar symbol with the number on it.

I like to write the expiration date on the bottom with a permanent marker (more visible).

I like to write the expiration date on the bottom with a permanent marker (more visible).

 

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