Peeling Gels, What Are They? – Korean and Japanese Skincare (REVIEW)

Hey there girls (and boys!), today I’m gonna talk about peeling gels. These gels are the new craze in Asian skincare at the moment and you can find them in any beauty supply store there but they’re rare and foreign finds here in Europe (and I think in America too, you tell me!).

First, let me explain to you what they are🙂 When you hear the word peeling gel for your face, you may think that this is a scary concept and probably sore on the skin too. Let me assure you that this is not the case, they are actually very gentle on the skin!


Nope, it does not peel like this!!

These gels are actually gentle chemical exfoliators which ‘takes off’ a dead layer from the outermost layer of skin by chemical means. They are so gentle that you can use them everyday if you want. These products are much more gentle than salicylic acid peel (very strong peel!) and your skin will not feel irritated, sore or sensitive afterwards. You will get a brighter, softer and more radiant skin by using these gels regularly without all the negative things associated with strong skin peeling. It is a fancy, new generation of exfoliators, basically! It is completely different to physical exfoliators, for example St Ives Apricot scrub, which takes off the skin’s dead layer by physically removing them with rubbing action against rough seed particles in the scrub. So if you have a sensitive skin and finds physical exfoliators too rough, these peeling gels will most likely work well for you.

So that’s a little background info, let’s have a look at what they are actually like! The products I will be showing you in this post are Oh My! Scrub Peeling from the brand Beyond (from Sasa Hong Kong, €11) and Peeling Gel Water Pack Jelly (from Daiso Hong Kong, €1). So this will be a battle of a middle range product against the cheapest of the cheap! Of course there are other peeling gels that costs waayy more, I saw one in Sasa for around €30, but I did not want to spend a lot of money for a product I was not familiar with. If you want to try one, you can search online (Ebay) or where you will find lots of reasonably priced peeling gels from many different brands.


Peeling gel 1 – Oh My! Scrub Peeling from Beyond.

This scrub is milky in colour with cream consistency and there are also brown beads inside the cream. I am not sure what the brown beads are for, maybe to encourage mild physical exfoliation in conjunction with chemical exfoliation, but there are very few of these beads and they are not rough in texture. This cream is unscented. In regards to ingredients, how to use, benefits etc, I can’t tell you much unfortunately as they are written in Korean on the back of the packaging. If you can read Korean maybe you can translate it for us?🙂



The exfoliation process is very simple, you just put a pea sized amount on the surface of the skin and rub the gel gently for a few minutes. Just remember to work on DRY skin as it won’t work on wet or damp skin. After a few rubs, you will see these bits of ‘dead skin’ starting to appear. At first, I was amazed and also grossed out at the same time!haha. It felt very satisfying to see all this dead skin to come off and I also wanted to do it to my whole body😛


First test – Ewww!!


Second test

Afterwards my skin felt really soft and I started to wonder whether it was the gel turning to lumps or it really did take off the dead skin, so I applied and rubbed the gel for the second time and this was the result:

You can see bits of residue but not as much as the first go!

Verdict – It worked! My skin did feel softer afterwards and from the test, I do believe that this gel took off a layer of dead skin to reveal younger, softer skin beneath. I will probably use it every second day, say 3 or 4 times maximum per week as I don’t want my skin to dry out.

Peeling gel 2 – Peeling Gel Water Pack Jelly from Daiso

Daiso stores (which can be found in Japan and Hong Kong) are like Euro shops in Ireland, the only difference is they have a lot of imported Japanese goods. They sell anything and everything from kitchen appliances, food, stationery, to beauty products! I had to get one of their peeling gels to see how well it’d work, especially with the price tag of €1…I had to put it into my shopping basket!

This peeling gel is clear with jelly-like consistency. Like peeling gel 1, it is also unscented. I did the test on my other hand and the result….hmm I’m not sure about this one…as soon as I touched the gel it turned to harder pieces of jelly. It obviously reacted with the heat from my fingers! I did get similar result as peeling gel 1 – got ‘dead skin’ bits too but I’m not sure if it was dead skin or the product turning to lumps as it reacted with heat. Again, apologies…I can’t tell you much about the details of the product as the writing on the back of the packaging is in Japanese (friends who can read Japanese can give us a hand here?)



First test


Second test

I did the second test and this time, the same thing happened…harder pieces of jelly formed again and they turned to white lumps (as much as the first go).

Verdict – Did not really work! I’m not sure if this peeling gel did any peeling/exfoliating at all😦 It was a disappointing product but for the sake of €1, I’m glad that I got the chance to try it. My skin did feel soft afterwards though, maybe I’ll use it on my legs!

Another super popular peeling gel is the Cure Natural Aqua peeling gel. It was a shame that I couldn’t find it when I was in Hong Kong as I was (and still am) dying to try this cult product. Apparently one bottle is sold for every second in Japan!! It must be really good! I might cave in and get one of these babies from Ebay or soon. The only thing stopping me at the moment is the fact that it costs twice, even triple the price tag of Beyond peeling gel. If any of you guys have ever tried this please tell me in the comment section below on your overall thoughts🙂aqua-gel

One tip I’d give you after you tried peeling gels is, you must moisturize your skin well. My hands felt soft for a few hours after I tested the peeling gels but then they became a bit dry… So it is especially important to moisturize your face if you decide to include it in your cleansing routine🙂

That wraps up my post for today. Last but not least, I want to say a massive thanks to every single one of my readers for stopping by and supporting my blog!! It’s been an amazing month of blogging for me now. I love blogging so much and everything that goes with it from making new friends with similar interests to sharing lots of amazing products with beauty addicts all over the world! *virtual hug to each one of you*

Let me know what you guys think about these peeling gels and whether you are dying to try some after reading this post or you are not bothered at all.

Chat again soon,

Cecilia x

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19 responses to “Peeling Gels, What Are They? – Korean and Japanese Skincare (REVIEW)

  1. It can get rid pimple scars with black spots???

    • Hello Joy! Sorry for the late reply, I have been on hiatus. You can get these peeling gels on Ebay, lots of shops offer free international shipping!

    • I am not sure if it can get rid of pimple scars and black spots. Those would probably need more specialized treatments to get rid of. The purpose of using peeling gels at home is mainly to get rid of dry or dead skin cells. Hope it helps!

  2. Great review. I’ve been curious about The Cure gel myself.

    • Thank you so much, Angel! Peeling gels are definitely great additions to the cleansing routine x

  3. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Fashionista Award. Click on my page to check it out!🙂

    • Hi Emily, thank you so much! I will definitely write a post on it asap x

  4. I’d like to nominate you for the Liebster Award!

    • Aww thank you so much! I will definitely write a post on it asap x

      • You’re welcome. (=

  5. I have heard so much about the Cure product but it is so hard to get a hold of. >.< I have tried the Ishizawa Lab Sweet & Sour Mangosteen Peeling Gel however, and I quite like that one.😀

    • I know right, it seems like a super mystical product haha. I will definitely try it soon though! I’ve heard about the mangosteen peel too, it seems like a good product. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts x

  6. thats interesting. i have never heard of these.

    • Yup they’re available in Asia and rarely seen anywhere else (I think anyways) x

  7. I have a peel gel by Peter Thomas Roth & I love it! Thanks for sharing.

    X jenna

    • Hi Jenna! I am not familiar with that brand, I will check it out soon🙂
      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts x

  8. I have been wanting to try some Asian skincare. I tried a homemade peel and it didn’t work out so well for me but maybe one that is made by a professional would work better. Maybe I’ll have to search Ebay for a good one. xoxo, Sofia

    • Hi Sofia! Yes, you definitely should go online and find one or two on Ebay as I found the whole peeling experience very different and satisfying🙂 There are loads of reasonably priced ones from brands such as Etude House, Skinfood or Innisfree just to name a few. Happy trying and thanks for sharing your thoughts x

      • Thanks for the suggestions! xoxo

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