3 Mario Badescu Products You Probably Never Heard Of, But Need to Know About

You’ve gone through countless Mario Badescu Facial Sprays and always stock your medicine cabinet with a bottle of Drying Lotion for emergencies. You know the Enzyme Cleansing Gel and Drying Cream like the back of your hand—but what you may not know is that there are over 150 products in the Mario Badescu Skin Care line. What you see in store is but a fraction of our complete collection, so we’re about to give you a primer on some of our most beloved but under-the-radar products.

Let’s start off easy with three products you probably never heard of, but need to know about.

What it is: This is a unique cream exfoliant that rolls away dulling dead skin cells. Lactic Acid and Peach Extract are the key players in this formula—and when combined with the physical rolling, back-and-forth motion, this peel helps remove that layer of dulling, dead skin cells so your skin looks soft, smooth, and renewed.

Who it’s for: Almost all skin types. If you have extremely sensitive or delicate skin, are prone to irritation, or are experiencing moderate to severe breakouts, Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A. isn’t a good fit.

How to use Rolling Cream Peel with A.H.A.: Make sure your skin is completely dry before you apply the cream peel. Use a pea-sized amount and apply a thin layer to the skin (so that you can still see your skin through the layer of peel), avoiding the eye area. Wait a few minutes until you can feel that the product is completely dry, then use your fingertips to gently roll away the cream in back-and-forth motions until the entire cream layer rolls off. Follow with toner to remove any remaining trace of product—and voila! Skin as soft and smooth as can be.

#MBSkinTip: Try using it on your hands and feet for a gentle, exfoliating treatment, too!

What it is: Mysterious as Cream “X” is, it’s a secret superstar in the eyes of our New York City salon aestheticians. This little-known product is actually a super effective and restorative, dry/winter skin solution: it boasts a supremely rich formula that delivers intense moisture while rejuvenating skin. With Salicylic Acid to resurface and a host of hydration powerhouses to replenish, this is a must-have face cream if you have dull, depleted skin.

Who it’s for: Dry skin

How to use Cream “X”: Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage after cleansing and toning (avoiding the eye area). Wearing it during the day? Be sure to pair this with sunscreen!

#MBSkinTip: You know it’s a solid product when makeup artists carry a jar in their kits! When working with clients who have dry skin, makeup artists will use Cream X to help revive parched, tired skin prior to makeup application.

What it is: This is a lightweight, aromatherapeutic body oil designed to help invigorate and soothe. Almond Oil gives it a lovely slip as Eucalytus, Fennel, and Rosemary Oils work their magic. Its distinct herbaceous scent and lingering, cooling touch makes it an essential.

Who it’s for: All skin types

How to use Muscle Oil: Massage 2-3 drops where needed, then layer body lotion on top for additional moisture.

#MBSkinTip: It’s the perfect post-workout treat—but also a savior for hard-working hands and feet. After a long day of writing/typing/standing on your feet all day, massage a few drops into your skin as an at-home spa remedy.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

Rose Facial Spray & Other Floral Favorites for Spring Skin

Miranda Priestly might’ve scoffed at the suggestion of florals for spring (brownie points for those who remember the iconic movie moment), but when it comes to skin care, few things feel more fitting in your spring skin care routine than floral-infused formulas and beautiful botanical blends.

These are a few of our floral favorites:

With Extracts of Rose, Gardenia, and Thyme (oh my!), this cult-favorite Mario Badescu facial spray a surefire staple in every medicine cabinet. In fact, we suggest stashing a bottle wherever you can: your desk (or in your drawer to keep away from shamelessly mist-heavy co-workers!), your handbag, and your fridge (for an extra cooling boost).

Gardenia and Rose Extracts are beloved for their ability to help improve moisture levels and Thyme boasts clarifying properties, which makes this mist a favorite no matter your skin type—especially if you embrace the dew.

The name was a dead giveaway, but let’s delve into the botanical extracts that give this mask its name. If we’re sticking to strictly florals, there’s a Gardenia and Evening Primrose infusion—but you’ll also find Olive Leaf Extract in here, too. When combined with other moisturizing ingredients like antioxidant Vitamin E and tempered with natural oil-absorbent minerals, Flower & Tonic Mask is a staple that works to balance your complexion.

You get the deep clean all skin types (including dry and sensitive skin!) need plus skin-smoothing benefits. What’s not to love?

Rosehip is technically the “accessory” fruit of the rose, but let’s not dwell on technicalities and instead, focus on the benefits. Rosehip is known for its antioxidant properties and shown to help improve moisture levels—so when both Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil are used in a formula, you know it’s a match made in heaven for dull, dehydrated skin.

Enter Rose Hips Mask, which not only contains both forms of Rosehip, but also ingredients like Extracts of Evening Primrose, Olive Leaf, and Lemongrass in addition to antioxidant Vitamin E, Kaolin Clay, and Zinc Oxide. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and what you’re left with is a complexion that appears moisturized, soft, and smooth to the touch—with an added youthful glow.

You’ll find Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil in our Rose Hips Nourishing Oil, too. Don’t be fooled by the lightweight feel of this facial oil, though: it packs serious punch in the moisture department. Apply it all over or just in targeted areas to help revive dehydrated skin and smooth the appearance of dry, flaky patches.

#MBSkinTip: We love using this multi-purpose oil on our cuticles too! It’s portable size makes it a handbag or deskside staple—so if ever your face or cuticles are in need of a moisture boost, you have your Rose Hips Nourishing Oil at the ready.

Mario Badescu Chamomile Buttermilk Lavender Skin Care

Glycolic Acid tends to get the spotlight in this resurfacing face wash (which should only be used 1-3 times a week in place of your normal facial cleanser!), but there’s also a botanical blend that works to restore balance at the same time.

With floral extracts like Chamomile and Yarrow (plus a botanical blend of Marshmallow—the root, not the puffy hot chocolate topper!), Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is able to address concerns like dullness, congestion, and uneven skin tone and texture without leaving skin feeling tight and dry.

Lactic Acid is the hero ingredient that makes this moisturizer so unique, but the Chamomile Extract is deserving of a mention, too. Buttermilk Moisturizer provides soothing hydration in addition to gentle resurfacing benefits that take dull and dehydrated to smooth and rejuvenated.

And here we have another Chamomile contender, which proves just how classic this floral extract. Designed to deliver soothing moisture and nourish parched skin, Chamomile Night Cream is a rich formula that was designed specifically to comfort dry, sensitive complexions all night long.

If you adore Chamomile in your skin care, pair this night cream with our Chamomile Eye Cream. Just like its face cream counterpart, the eye cream boasts a luxurious texture that makes it a dream for delicate, dehydrated under-eyes.

There will always be a time when your skin craves calm and comfort—no matter your skin type. This calming blend of Chamomile Extract, Lavender Essential Water, and Lavender Oil is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin C to create a facial mist that leaves your complexion balanced and bright.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

5 Signs You Need to Deep Clean Your Medicine Cabinet, NOW

 

You have empty bottles of Glycolic Acid Toner taking up prime real estate. We know you love your toner, but unless you’re a beauty YouTuber racking up used products for an “empties video,” those bottles need to go. You deserve a fresh one!

That pack of face wipes is all dried up. You know you should not be using those as a sole cleansing method, right? (Face wash and eye makeup removers are non-negotiable in every cleansing regimen!) Toss out those wipes, make a pact to never buy them again, and replace an Enzyme Cleansing Gel in its spot.

Your mask is all dried up too, which can mean one of two things: (1) you didn’t like that mask much and still kept it for whatever reason, or (2) you barely reached for it. Masks are supposed to be used regularly—2 time a week—and thus are meant to last a year max. If you’re not sure what kind of mask you should be using, take this skin analysis to get a recommendation from a skincare specialist. And remember: mask often to keep your skin in tip-top shape.

You’re not quite sure what that jar used to be. If the label’s grubby or all worn off, TOSS it. Expired or bacteria-infested profits from being kept too long or stored improperly are no joke. Better to be safe than sorry.

Your cotton swabs are looking a little dusty. Don’t think twice; kick ’em to the curb. Chances are, you’re using them for to dot on your Drying Lotion, and the last thing you want to do is have a whole bunch of germs and dirt further clogging up that pesky spot. Storing your Q-Tips in that mini Diptyque candle may be cute when you #doitforthegram, but it’s not the most sanitary way to do it. If you still want something cute but practical, look for an apothecary jar with a lid.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

Best Face Serum for Your Skin Type

 

Before we dive into the best serums for each skin type, let’s start at the beginning with a frequently asked question:

We get it: It’s hard to know what you actually need or should be using when products are being thrown at you left and right.  So when we’re asked, “Do I really need a serum?” our answer is simple:

Take our skin analysis.

This questionnaire was designed by our skin specialists to help determine the best products for your skin type—including deciding whether or not you need a serum at this point in your life. At the most basic, pared down level, you should be following a regimen that includes a cleanser, toner, eye cream (from your 20s on), moisturizer, exfoliant, and mask. Anything additional would be prescribed based on concerns to help you achieve skin goals.

Incorporate Anti Acne Serum into your evening routine. This balancing serum combines the two most important things that congested, troubled skin needs:

  • Oil-free hydration, and
  • Clarifying properties.

That oil-free hydration comes by way of Glycerin, a classic humectant that works to deliver essential moisture without feeling heavy on skin. Key ingredients like Salicylic Acid and Thyme Extract work help encourage clearer-looking skin.

How to use Anti Acne Serum: This clarifying serum is meant to be used every night or as needed. Before bed (after you’ve cleansed and toned), apply a thin layer on troubled areas. Anti Acne Serum is designed to be worn alone, in place of a traditional evening moisturizer or night cream.

Herbal Hydrating Serum will leave your skin looking dewy and fresh-faced. Ceramides, Ginkgo, and Ginseng are infused to revive, soften, and smooth—making this unique gel a versatile staple in all skin care regimens. It’s water-light in texture and oil-free in formulation, which enables you to effectively hydrate without leaving your T-zone feeling like an oil slick.

How to use Herbal Hydrating Serum: For the super oily, wear this serum on its own in place of a moisturizer. All other skin types can still use this serum, though: simply apply a thin layer over moisturizer/night cream for enhanced hydration and glow.

Vitamin C Serum will be a game-changer for lackluster complexions seeking a boost in radiance. This is a lightweight serum that helps restore youthful luminosity to skin while delivering antioxidant defense against environmental stressors and skin-aging free radicals.

If you’re keen on adding an anti-aging serum to your regimen (whether you’re 20-something or in your 50s), Vitamin C Serum is quickly becoming a beloved medicine cabinet staple for all skin types. Here’s why:

It’s powerful in formulation, but absorbs seamlessly into skin to help brighten uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines. Vitamin C, Collagen, and Sodium Hyaluronate combine to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone—leaving all skin types soft, smooth, and glowing.

How to use Vitamin C Serum: Apply 3-4 drops to clean skin every other evening. Follow with your favorite night cream.

Apply Cellufirm Drops under your daily moisturizer or night cream. Uniquely versatile and designed to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, this serum is a must-have for dry skin. Antioxidant oils soften and nourish as a protein-enriched blend of Collagen. Elastin, RNA, and peptides works to give skin a supple, youthful appearance.

How to use Cellufirm Drops: Apply a few drops to targeted areas that need extra moisture, or apply 4-5 drops all over your face and neck for maximum skin-smoothing benefits. Follow with your daily moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Cellufirm Drops can be used under and around the eye area under your eye cream, too!

Revive dehydrated skin and smooth dry patches with Rose Hips Nourishing Oil. This lightweight yet moisture-intensive facial oil is infused with Rosehip Extract and Rosehip Oil—both known as great sources of essential fatty acids and antioxidant Vitamin C—to provide comforting moisture and reveal softer, more radiant skin.

How to use Rose Hips Nourishing Oil: Massage 2-3 drops on clean skin. Or, apply 1-2 drops to dry patches that need a targeted moisture boost. Follow with moisturizer or night cream.

#MBSkinTip: Roll up your sleeves and customize your glow. Mix a few drops of Herbal Hydrating Serum and Rose Hips Nourishing Oil to get your perfect dewy skin concoction. Use more of the blue when you want to keep it light, or mix in more oil to give your mixture slip and added moisturizing benefits.

Try Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C or Corrective Complex Emulsion. Both serums have a lightweight slip that absorb beautifully into skin. Hyaluronic Emulsion with Vitamin C is designed to boost moisture and give depleted skin a more youthful, hydrated appearance. Corrective Complex Emulsion also boasts nourishing ingredients to soften and smooth skin, but also contains Oligopeptide-5 for an added anti-aging boost.

How to use both emulsions: Apply 2-3 drops on clean skin, then follow with night cream.

Incorporate Peptide Renewal Serum into your routine to target visible signs of aging and deeply nourish skin. This complex blend of Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, and complexion-boosting botanicals is specially formulated to improve the look of depleted, mature skin and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles—leaving the complexion soft, smooth, and supple.

How to use Peptide Renewal Serum: Because of its rich consistency, less is more with this product. Apply 1-2 drops on your face, neck, and décolleté. Wear it alone or layer it under your favorite face cream or night cream.

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Author: Kimberly Yang

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that skin care is paramount, green tea is everything, and the Internet rules all (typical Gen-Y philosophy; if it wasn’t ‘grammed, it never happened).
Also pertinent: writer, content creator, national sales director at Mario Badescu.
For more about me, visit my Google+ page.

Sayonara, Sunspots: A Sunscreen Review

 


Ah, clear blue skies, bright sun, the lovely outdoors. To most, it’s the encapsulation of a beautiful perfect day. But… it can also be a nightmare, especially if you’ve skipped using sunscreen. It’s so important to use sunscreen daily and here’s reviewing the collection I’ve got.

We know sunscreen is an everyday MUST, but at the same time it’s so easy to forget putting it on. I know I’m not alone in this. I believe the majority of people who don’t like putting on sunscreen and end up ignoring it altogether are put off by the greasy texture. I can totally relate to this aversion. Like, it’s already humid and muggy out, perspiration levels are hitting the roof, the last thing we want is a layer of slippery grease that clings onto our already-clammy skin. Ick!

But there’s no other way around this. Human skin is the largest organ in our body and also the most exposed. As much as some days I want to skip putting it on, I know it’s a bad idea. So in order to make this experience more enjoyable, I’ve been on the lookout for different sunscreens and putting them to the test.

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My number 1 criteria for a sunscreen is the SPF value and I always go for SPF50++. My second criteria is tinted coverage because I like double-duty products; it saves me an extra step in the morning so why not? I’ve got a bunch of sunscreens in my bathroom counter and I’ve been rotating them, depending on how my skin feels that day.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense

Pros: It is a light lotion that can be used on both face and body. It feels utilitarian as it’s non-scented. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a sticky layer on my skin. Not as bad as others, but still.

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CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun

Pros: On days when I skip my BB Cream, I go for this after the moisturiser step (See my writeup on the 10-Step Korean Skincare routine) and it’s sufficient to give me an even coverage. The lotion is quite thick so just a pea-sized amount, or even less, is adequate. The resulting finish is somewhat dewy and radiant. Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (42++) than I’d have liked. The shade of pinkish-white it leaves behind is NOT universal on everyone’s skin, in fact it doesn’t look natural on me even though it generally fades after about an hour or so.

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Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen

Pros: I picked up this tube of Korean skincare brand’s jelly sunscreen because it’s jelly! How could I not be curious to see how that feels on the skin? Happy to report that it’s quite light-weight and dissolves onto the skin nicely. It has a mild fruity scent too and the overall finish is somewhere between dewy and matte. Definitely not shiny or oily. Zero coverage.

Cons: Leaves a slightly sticky feeling on skin, but I guess that’s better than a greasy feeling. Also doesn’t play so well with my makeup as it starts flaking when I’m applying finishing powder. I guess this product is best used on au naturel face.

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Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen

Pros: My second tube! The first moment I had this on my face I fell in love because it’s made of natural ingredients, it’s tinted, it’s light-weight, and it leaves a nice powdery matte finish. Who doesn’t love that? Medium coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF value (30++) than I’d have liked.

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IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination

Pros: For me, this CC foundation with strong SPF is a heavy-duty multitasking performer. I say heavy-duty because the coverage is solid and it covers up everything.

Cons: Thick texture, feels heavy on the face.

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Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

Pros: A multi-tasking product that’s a tinted primer packed with anti-oxidants to combat anti-aging, this goes on velvety on the skin with a smooth, even, matte, decent coverage.

Cons: Lower SPF than I’d have liked (30++) and there’s a strange tingly prickly sensation when I use this! My skin also feels really dry after.

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Target Sport Sunscreen Spray

Pros: Ok, this one’s for body and I have to include it because it’s so convenient to apply. Continuous one-button spray all over limbs, back, even hair for me, and it feels cooling. The microfine mist settles lightly into a protective layer onto the skin and it feels pampering.

Cons: Can leave quite a greasy film behind.

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Product textures:

A: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense
B: CNP Laboratory Tone-Up Protection Sun
C: Look At Me Jelly Sunscreen
D: IT Cosmetics CC+ Ilumination
E: Coola Face Mineral Sunscreen
F: Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer

And oh hey, look I’m spotting some freckles on my inner left arm. How and when did those get on there!? *mega eye-roll* See, this is why sunscreens are indispensable for me (as it should be for all of you too).

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Any fave brand that you’d like to share with me? I’m always on the lookout for more sunscreens. Would also love to hear your thoughts on sunscreens too: concerns, likes, dislikes?

Have you put on your sunscreen today?

xo,
MB.

InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask

 

I have so much love for the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask from InnisFree. I came across this product two years ago when I was having severe breakouts around my chin and jaw. To supplement the anti-acne products I was using at the time, I specifically was looking for a mud mask of sorts to help unclog pores, absorb sebum, and act as a mild exfoliant.

In the past two years, my breakouts were pretty severe and they wouldn’t go away. I was thankful they were isolated to just around the chin area but these painful cystic acnes would linger deep beneath the skin for weeks and wouldn’t surface. Annoying max! The dermatologist I saw diagnosed this as hormonal-caused and he prescribed me with a topical antibiotic but it irritated my skin more and caused the itching to progress to burning, followed by angry red patches all around my chin which would then start throbbing and pretty much derailed my mood into the darkest of dark pits. Depressing would be an understatement.

I lucked out when I picked up this clay mousse mask at InnisFree on a whim. Unlike most mud masks out there that come in a dense cakey paste form, the texture of this volcanic clay mousse mask is velvety and feels like soft whipped cream. It is truly gentle to use and also cooling when I applied it onto my face. It is so soothing that I didn’t hesitate to use this up to three times a week in the beginning and I’d feel less distressed by the acne.

Subsequently whenever I felt an outbreak creeping up, I’d quickly ramp up the use of this mask and increase frequency of applications. I’d also use it as a spot treatment on the affected areas to soothe and calm whatever nasties are angrily brewing underneath the skin. (There are other products which have been effective for my cystic acne too, but I’ll share them in other posts.)

By the way, this clay mousse mask comes in two versions: the original “Jeju Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” and the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask”. I started with the original version but when I was in Seoul not long ago to pick up a refill, the store staff recommended the “Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask” instead. Both versions are part of the InnisFree inventory.

These two products look the same in packaging but the Original version is meant for Normal/Combination skin, while the Super version is more suitable for Dry skin (that’s what I was told by the staff and my skin type is definitely more on the dryer side). After using this mask for several weeks, I’m thrilled to say that the Super version is actually working better on my face compared to the Original.

Because of the packaging design, the product has to be dispensed carefully otherwise too much will be pumped out and applying a thick layer on the face will result in a much longer drying time. IMO for a mask like this, a thin layer allows the mask to do a better job in absorbing excess sebum during the drying process (ie. quicker). Conversely, for a hydrating mask – by all means apply a generous layer so the hydrating time is extended (ie. longer) and skin can benefit from more moisture. Look at how a tiny little bit can be spread out to a large surface area.

The significant difference that I noticed between the Original and Super is that the latter has micro-fine clay granules that exfoliates my face softly while rinsing. A quick visit to the InnisFree website confirms that the Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask contains fine scrub particles combined with AHA and BHA to help remove dead skin cells.

The shared benefits of AHA and BHA include:

  • diminishing the look of lines and wrinkles
  • making skin look and feel firmer
  • hydrating
  • improving the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • smoothening out rough texture

No wonder after I rinse off this mask, I can feel a difference in my skin right away. Not only does my skin feel smoother, I can visibly see it more even-toned and one shade lighter. The best part is that my face doesn’t feel leathery or dry afterwards. Most mud or clay masks I’ve used in the past leave a suuuper tight feeling, but not with this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask. The Original doesn’t either, but I find my skin appearing more radiant with the Super version.

Here’s me after rinsing off the clay mask and without makeup, just the usual skincare routine with non-tinted sunscreen. I love it when my skin is in this condition!

I’m so happy with this product and after using it since 2015, I have been recommending it to friends. Even if you don’t have troubled, acne-prone skin like the situation I was in, this product is good to incorporate into your skincare routine as a gentle exfoliant and also as a weekly pore care to reduce blackheads and shrink pores.

I will definitely be buying this InnisFree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask at the store again.

NeoGen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling

Recently I introduced this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads to a gal pal who asked me for skincare advice. Even though she’s on board with the multi-step Korean skincare routine, she noticed that the products she’s using aren’t absorbing well into her skin. Instead, she said that there’s a lot of dirt when she touched her skin.

Even though I don’t know the specific products she’s using, I suggested introducing a peeling step into her skincare routine. I believe that by taking this extra step to remove the dead skin layer beneath prior to applying serums, it will promote better absorption of overall products into the skin.

Personally I use the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. I was intrigued by this product because I wanted to do a gentle chemical peel at home. I have had chemical peels done before at an aesthetic clinic and always loved the results: skin feels thoroughly cleansed, stubborn clogged whiteheads and blackheads shrivel up and do not grow into zits, while my pigmentation gets lightened gradually. However, I find that medical-grade chemical peels performed by a doctor can be costly and also harsh/drying because of the higher product concentration so I was thrilled to discover this Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pads. They’re also very affordable.

There are three different formulas to choose from:

Wine – Its star ingredient, Resveratrol, comes from red wine and is naturally fermented, with naturally occurring AHAs that also help with the exfoliation process. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals from pigmenting or forming wrinkles on your skin.

Lemon – The star ingredient, Lemon, is loaded with Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) and nutrients that promote visibly clearer, smoother, and brighter skin!

Green Tea – Its star ingredient, Green Tea, is a powerful antioxidant that prevents premature aging and is an anti-inflammatory that helps soothe irritated skin.

I decided to go with the Wine because other skincare products (namely, sheet masks) that I’ve used in the past with Wine as its key ingredient performed well on my face. Every tub contains 30 single-use double-sided pads: the criss-crossed gauze side and a soft quilted side. The pads are thick and sturdy, it’s also designed as a pocket to tuck your fingers in.

I was expecting a tingly prickly feeling that I often get with medical-grade chemical peels, but I did not get that sensation so the formula is really gentle. I was also expecting a sourish, fermented, alcoholic aroma from these pads (like when you’re smelling wine) but instead the peeling pads smell like grape gummy.

First, I rub the criss-crossed gauze side in circular motion GENTLY all over my face, giving special attention to my trouble areas (ie. chin, jaw) and also nose because that’s where dirt and sebum are often trapped within the pores. I go over my neck with this pad in upwards motion too, but not too much because my neck is prone to . Then, after I’m satisfied these areas are adequately free of debris, I flip the pad over to the soft quilted side and pat the liquid goodness all over face and neck. Then I leave it on for about 30 seconds before rinsing with water.

Before I throw out the pad though, I use both sides to scrub my knees and ankles too while the pad is still saturated with liquid. Don’t waste it! This is when I can see the surfaces of the pad turning dirty brown and gross. Clearly I’ve got a LOT of dead skin on my knees and ankles. And after I rinse off, my knees definitely look a lot less rough and brighter while my ankles are less wrinkly in appearance.

Here’s me immediately after rinsing off before any skincare application and without any makeup at all. Too bad photos can’t express how soft my skin feels and also the brightening effect that I see in the mirror. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that I started with a somewhat lackluster complexion before using the gauze peeling pad. After every application, I notice that my skin has a subtle pearl-like glow which I like (of course). I imagine this as a process of rebirth and starting with a clean slate.

Compared to the chemical peels I did at a doctor’s office, these peeling pads are gentle enough to use daily… although I wouldn’t and didn’t; I kept it to just once a week and in tandem with other products that I’m using.

Now that skin’s clean and visibly clearer, it’s prime time to apply other products in my skincare routine. Because I feel that a fresh and cleansed layer of skin has been revealed, I am confident that the other skincare products I apply are absorbed optimally. Here’s where I use this product in my skincare routine: double cleansing > peeling pad > toner > softener > serum > emulsion > eye cream > moisturizer > sunscreen.

If you haven’t read it yet, please check out this post on the 10-step Korean skincare routine; I will update it at some point with new product recommendations.

I’m down to my last handful of peeling pads now and will be planning to purchase this again. Thing is, I’m still deciding whether I should go for a different formula next. Kinda tempted to try to Lemon ones…

In case you’re curious where I purchased this, I got it from Qoo10: