Peeling Gels: The Next Asian Beauty Secret Revealed

For most women, the word “peel” sounds intense. But with the explosion of Korean skincare industry, peeling gel is one of the latest Asian beauty buzzword.

Peels are no longer just strong acidic chemicals used to remove dead skin layer to achieve clearer looking skin. They have evolved in meaning, make and application. Today, beauty peels are synonymous with facial exfoliants.

While most facial exfoliants are formulated with physical micro-beads to “scrub away” dead skin, facial peeling gels use plant and fruit enzymes to “dissolve” dead skin cells. It works by the mechanics of rolling, lifting and sweeping away of product while massaging unto skin. Unlike chemical peels and certain rough facial scrubs, peeling gels are super gentle for all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Then the question is, why are facial peeling gels not a common staple to every girl’s beauty regime?

Unfortunately, it boils down to the language barrier. Most peeling gels are from Korea. That means product labels, instructions and packaging are all in Korean language. You may find some products vaguely translated to English for general understanding and use, but the real product sell information is still in Korean.

My recent experiment with the “rub-off ” type peeling gel and the noticeable results has me extremely fascinated.

How to use?

The exfoliating process is very simple. Peeling gels usually come in a tube where you squeeze a pea-sized amount unto the palm of your hands. Apply the gel using a circular motion all round your face. Do note that peeling gels only work on dry skin. As you massage, the gommage peel will start to bunch up into small rolled bits. It sounds disturbingly gross – but the more you massage the product onto the skin, the more satisfying it gets to see dead skin gunk being lifted off! Trust me, it gets quite addictive. Once you have accumulated enough bits of gunk off your entire face, simply rinse off with water.

Don’t be surprised to find your complexion instantly radiant.

This “rub off” type of exfoliating peel is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and who find traditional exfoliants too scratchy. If you prefer not to massage and rub the product off, there are another alternatives. Some at-home organic peeling gels can be applied on as a mask, leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off, and some work as a leave-on serum.

User tip: When adding a peeling gel to your beauty routine, I suggest to use a slightly richer moisturizer. After the effective lifting off dirt and dead skin cells, your skin will need lots of hydration and nourishment to work into its deeper layers.

Organic peeling gels available in Singapore like Organi Manuka Honey Peel works for all skin type including dry sensitive skin (read review), or if you have oily/combination skin with hyper-pigmentation, Yum Gourmet Sakura Cherry Bloosom Peel (read review) could be a godsent.

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