Peeling gels are a common exfoliant formula in Asia but I have yet to see one in the Western market. I have had my eye on the IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel for years but only purchased it this past January in South Korea. I have heard a lot of rave reviews for the Laneige Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel and opted for IOPE's version hoping for similarly good results. For those who are new to Korean cosmetics, IOPE is the sister brand to Laneige under the Amore Pacific family company and is sold at a higher price point and marketed to a more mature market.
A 100ml tube of the IOPE Moisture Skin Soft Peeling Gel will last you a long time and costs roughly $30. The plastic packaging is sleek and functional. The gel has a very strong fragrance which I personally like but find overwhelming. The scent lingers for a few minutes after using the product as well. Those sensitive to fragrance will not like this product. I could not find a complete list of ingredients for this product and the company claims only vaguely state they included witch hazel and plant extracts to help the skin.
The technology behind peeling gels is vague. To be honest, I can't exactly tell you how they work. To use them, you apply a nickel sized amount onto a clean, dry face and rub in circular motions. The IOPE peeling gel contains little blue beads that melt when you rub the product. At first it seems that the gel is sinking into your skin like a moisturizer but after about a minute of rubbing, you will start to see flaky bits appear. I assume this is a combination of the dried up gel and perhaps dead skin.
The more you rub, the more exfoliating grit you get and a minute or 90 seconds is all you need to feel fully polished. My face gets a bit red after using this but after rinsing off the white flaky bits and any leftover residue, my skin does not feel agitated. My skin feels clean and refreshed after using this product but it is nothing special. It is akin to using a physical exfoliator with granular beads or even sugar and there is no significant brightening or extra benefits.
Watch the video below to see how the gel applies onto my face and how it turns reacts on the skin.
What do you think of the peeling gel concept? Are you curious to try it for yourself?