I don't know why it's taken so long for me to review this, since it's on
high rotation in my facial cleanser carousel (I have 9 different face
cleansers in my shower at the moment, and uses whatever my skin feels
like that day... yeah, I probably have a problem). As you can see from the worn-off label, I'm a big fan of this one:
Laneige Strawberry Yoghurt Peeling Gel is a cellulose-based peeling gel. Laneige is a Korean brand, and from what I can gather, it's a cellulose-filled gel with an exfoliating enzyme in the soft red beads. Other than that, I can't find any specific info in a language I can read on what's in it.
To use it, you spread a good dollop over dry or damp skin (smooshing up the red bits), then wait about 30 seconds. Next comes the fun part - you rub the gel over your face and it all bunches up into white stringy clumps, kind of like eraser bits or what happens when you rub a wet tissue between your hands and it falls apart (or the white clumps whether you extract DNA from fruit - some geekery for you all! :P). This acts as a gentle physical exfoliant and your dead skin gets caught up in the fibres.
Freshly squeezed dollop (about 1/3 of how much I usually use for my whole face) - you can see the dark pink bead in the middle:
Rubbing it makes it bunch up:
I also sometimes use it on flaky skin in the shower, such as around my nose in winter - this somehow gets rid of all the dry white flakes, way better than any other exfoliating scrub!
It's very gentle, but very effective. It seems to exfoliate my skin more evenly than grainy scrubs, leaving me with a post-exfoliation "glow", and it leaves my skin unbelievably soft, "can't stop touching, probably giving myself pimples", counterproductively soft. Plus it smells delicious, like a strawberry milkshake.
There are a few similar products, which seem to be very popular in Korea (e.g. Cure Aqua Natural Gel, Skin79 Crystal Peeling Gel, The Face Shop Smart Peeling Water in Pomegranate, Missha Super Aqua Detoxifying Peeling Gel, Skinfood Pineapple Peeling Gel), but since my tube has lasted me ages, I haven't had a chance to try them yet. But since it's been discontinued (why, Laneige, why??!) I'll be checking those out soon.
Have you tried a peeling gel before? What's your favourite?