I thought about easing back into exfoliation and really wanted to round out my new Korean skincare routine by adding in some exfoliation products. The first exfoliant I tried was the Nature Republic Aqua Super Aqua Max Soft Peeling Gel. It had alcohol in it and my skin simply couldn’t tolerate the alcohol.
The peeling gel I gambled on was the Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel. The Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel comes in a 150ml or 5oz squeeze tube sealed with foil. It is rated 5 free in the Korean skincare rating system and most importantly, it has no alcohol! A few of its better ingredients are yeast, fermented fruit and flower extracts, vitamin C, pearl powder, and lactic acid. Below is the full ingredient list.
Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel Ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Quarternium-60, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Pearl Powder, Yeast, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, Urea, Sodium chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2, Hexanediol, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
The Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel is clear, very spreadable, and a little goes a long way. It has a very light texture with a floral fragrance that doesn’t linger. I could smell the lactic acid in it, but it wasn’t a big deal.
When I apply the Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, I apply it all over my face and let it sit for a while before I massage it on my skin. Immediately upon application I feel a slight tingling and a warming sensation. After about 15 minutes have passed I massage my skin to create the peeling balls. I have noticed that if I am too vigorous with massaging my skin, my face can feel slightly irritated and windburned.
After the first use I noticed that my skin was brighter. Not by a lot, but my skin looked less dull and was smoother. When I use this regularly – not much of my skin peels. If I go a long time in between uses, my skin continues to peel well into the next day. I think that the Tony Moly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel is a very good chemical exfoliant. It is gentle, yet effective and has really good ingredients. I will definitely repurchase this in the future.
I’ve researched that you are supposed to use both a chemical and physical exfoliant on your skin. I have never been into scrubs. I mostly prefer acids, but I did want to try a scrub. I wanted something that was gentle that would play nicely with the Tony Moly Floria peeling gel.
The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask
Skinfood’s line of scrubs seem really popular. They have many different varieties to choose from. I wanted the most basic and gentlest one I could find. After poring over reviews I decided to try the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask.
The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask comes in a plastic tub of 100 grams or 3.5oz. When you open the jar the product is sealed with a plastic seal that has foil on the other side.
The Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask smells like strawberry jam or some kind of strawberry dessert. The sugar granules in the product are a nice size – not too big. I skin tested the product and I could feel the rough graininess of it, but it felt moisturizing at the same time. I like that this has no ingredients that can irritate or dry out my skin. It contains many natural and skin friendly ingredients like macadamia nut oil, shea butter, strawberry seed oil, and Brazilian black sugar.
Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sucrose, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Stearalkonium hectorite, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Lanolin, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil, Fragaria Vesca Seed, Sorbitan laurate, Fragaria Ananassa Seed Oil, Water, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, Parfum, CI 17290, CI 17986.
When I used this for the first time I was very impressed. I could actually see the strawberry seeds in the sugar. I applied it all over my skin and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then moistened my fingers, and then scrubbed my face. After I washed off all the scrub, I could still smell the strawberries. My skin was very soft and smooth. The rough patches I had were smoothed over. Skinfood’s Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask delivers consistently good results with each use.
Lately, I have been using this as a pure scrub. I apply it all over my face, immediately wet my hands, and massage it all over my skin. After vigorously massaging it that way for about five minutes, I rinse it off. It is less moisturizing this way, but when I rinse it off my skin feels like a newborn’s. I feel like I get the most dead skin off when I use it as a pure scrub.
In conclusion, the Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Wash Off Mask is a very gentle physical exfoliant that really gets the job done. I will definitely repurchase this when it runs out.