Think about your current exfoliator. Is it grainy with microbeads that physically polish away dead skin cells? Or does it have acids, like AHAs or BHAs, that peel away the top layer of your skin? Or is it in a magical third category, where the gel-like formula is applied, then massaged away into little balls of what feel like dead skin cells, leaving you with a bright, envy-inducing complexion? In case you couldn’t guess, the exfoliator I’m raving about today falls into the third category. It’s called Mizon’s Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel ($18) and if you have sensitive skin, are in the market for a new exfoliator, or just want glowing, cherub-like skin, I suggest you read on.
This cult product is already a favorite among Korean women—who, as we all know, don’t mind expanding their daily skincare steps into the double digits in the name of great skin. Since they have seem to have perfected this art, my basic mindset towards skin products is: “If it’s good enough for Korean women, it’s good enough for me, and where can I buy more, please?” So when I received this product from my fairy godmothers of Asian beauty products at Peach and Lily, I practically ran home to try it. Made with fruit and botanical extracts, as well as hydrating hyaluronic acid, deep-cleansing papaya extract, and exfoliating AHA, this product is a new type of exfoliator called a gommage peel. Be prepared to start seeing this phrase everywhere; it’s already a huge trend in Korea, so it’s only a matter of time until it’s as commonplace as BB cream. A gommage peel is similar to a traditional peel you might do at home—except, instead of simply washing it off, you actually massage it in a circular motion all around your face.
Then the magic happens: The peel will bunch up into little granules that feel disturbingly (yet satisfyingly) like dead skin cells. If you’re cringing and picturing a dry clay mask getting rubbed off your skin, allow me to clarify—this mask never fully dries to a cakey finish, so when you massage it off, the texture is velvety soft. It’s beyond satisfying to feel the gross little fibers ball up as you’re buffing the peel off.
After you’ve fully massaged the peel off (there will still be granules left over), rinse everything off with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Spoiler: Your skin will glow. Don’t let the mild, apple smoothie-smelling formula fool you; you’ve just massaged away a layer of dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris. This peel is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin who might find traditional exfoliators too harsh, or anyone who wants a quick, satisfying way to brighten their skin in under a minute (so, everyone).
The best part? The lime-green, cutely packaged product only costs $18. A worthy way to spend your lunch money, in our opinion.