It is amazing to think that a couple of years ago, I had no idea what a peeling gel was! Since then, I have discovered a world of new products including peeling gels.
What are peeling gels? Peeling gels are not peels ~ they are actually non-physical exfoliators that use fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells and unclog pores, which you can see as you massage it onto your skin. They revitalize and refresh the skin and only remove a small amount of superficial skin. Peeling gels must be applied to clean, DRY skin, otherwise, they do not work as well. Peeling gels should also have an alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic, citric, lactic, malic) as this acid helps in removing dead skin cells ~ lemons and papayas naturally contain alpha hydroxy acids. Another common ingredient is hyaluronic acid, as that will increase moisture and hydration and improve your skin’s texture and tone. They will also contain one or more of the following: acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer or carbomer or cellulose. These ingredients will help “clump” your oil, skin cells and gunk and will form those “balls” on your skin.
But…wait….clean, dry skin…..
Traditional peeling gels require me to have a clean, but dry face before applying the gel. That is not a time saver in the shower, as my clean face is still very wet. I have to dry my face off completely or else the gel won’t work as effectively. Imagine my surprise when I was looking at another peeling gel for a reader and found this one by Laneige that is supposed to be used on a WET FACE!! OMG
**** thuds. picks self up from the floor and resumes typing ****
Sooo, what is Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peel Gel? According to Laneige, it is a hypo-allergenic bio-peeling gel that will gently “polish” (exfoliate) skin for a smoother and clearer complexion. It is made with mannon beads, which is konjac (a vegetable fiber) and is a natural exfoliator. These beads are not hard, but have a bouncy feel under your fingers as you massage the gel into your face.
Multi-berry complex, made from raspberries, blueberries, goji (wolfberries), cranberries and strawberries, help combat anti-aging by eliminating harmful free radicals and are effective as antioxidants. This multi-berry complex is loaded with vitamins, such as A, C and E, which will nourish your skin. Sogurty™, which is a patented fermented yogurt, has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe irritated, reddened and troubled skin, while strengthening the skin barrier and promoting collagen.
If you want a cool, refreshing peel, store this in the frig before using. The only problem I have with that is that I have to remember to grab it from the frig when I want to use it, so I rarely do this.
Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel won the Cosmo SouthEast Asian Beauty Award in 2013 for Best Glow-Giving Face Exfoliator
What are the official instructions on how to use this product?
Used on wet skin after face wash. Take an appropriate amount (2cm in diameter is recommended) and gently massage over the face using gentle circular movements with the fingertips, and then rinse with lukewarm water. If you want a more intense scrub, use this product like a normal peeling gel ~ on a dry face.
What is in this Award Winning product?
Ingredients: water, propanediol, butylene glycol, dipropylene glycol, glycerin, glycereth-26, sodium polyacrylate, kaolin, mannan, niacinamide, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, yeast ferment extract, rubus idaeus (raspberry) fruit extract, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) fruit extract, rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry) seed extract, fragaria chiloensis (strawberry) fruit extract, lycium chinese (Goji) fruit extract, coffea arabica (coffee) seed extract, sapindus mukurossi (soapnuts) fruit extract, yogurt powder, cellulose gum, tetradoium pyrophosphate, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, phenoxyethanol, 1,2-hexanediol, ethylhexylglycerin, disodium EDTA, CI 17200, fragrance cosDNA.com analysis
mannan(konjac), lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, yeast ferment, rubus idaeus (raspberry), vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry)
vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), rubus chamaemorus (cloudberry), fragaria chiloensis (strawberry), lycium chinese (Goji) , coffea arabica (coffee) seed
sapindus mukurossi (soapnuts), yogurt powder
Wow, this peeling gel smells like berries, lots and lots of berries! It isn’t a cloying or heavy scent, and I really like it. The gel is a pink opaque gel that you can see the konjac beads pretty clearly in the product. This is a very gentle exfoliator and would work for dry and sensitive skin ~ check the ingredients list first to see if you are allergic to anything. When I use it on a wet face, it reminds me a lot of Mizon Seaweed Scrub, as it thickens and the mannan beads are pretty bouncy under my fingers. It doesn’t clump like a traditional peeling gel and not at all like Secret Key, which has an additional carbomer ingredient along with the shared cellulose ~ that could explain why Secret Key noticeably clumps and Laneige does not. However it does emulsify and thicken on my face, so I think that is capturing the oil and dirt. When I start with a dry face, it is a bit more “scrubby” and it doesn’t thicken as much compare to using it wet.
I do an initial massage, leave it on my face for about 2-3 minutes while I do other shower cleaning, and then massage it in more deeply, using the circular motions and rinse. I want to leave it on my face for a couple of minutes to take advantage of the brightening properties of this gel. I didn’t have any issues with rinsing this product off and no residue remained on my face.
My face does feel very clean, smoother and moisturized. It doesn’t feel dry or stripped and this is really, really gentle, non-abrasive, so I can use this daily if I want to, as I have oily skin. If you have dry or sensitive skin, you could use it a few times a week.
You do not NEED this much ~ I put too much product on my hand on the wet swatch. You can see how it emulsifies with water and thickens. The last image is a close up ~ if you look carefully, you can see the translucent mannan beads. With the dry skin test, it doesn’t thicken as much.
On Dry Skin
Does Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel meet the criteria for a traditional peeling gel?
I had written that traditional peeling gels are commonly made with these ingredients:
Peeling gels should also have an alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic, citric, lactic, malic) as this acid helps in removing dead skin cells ~ lemons and papayas naturally contain alpha hydroxy acids. Another common ingredient is hyaluronic acid, as that will increase moisture and hydration and improve your skin’s texture and tone. They will also contain one or more of the following: acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer or carbomer or cellulose. These ingredients will help “clump” your oil, skin cells and gunk and will form those “balls” on your skin.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid ~ Check! This product has three AHA ~ lactic, citric and malic. Yogurt contains lactic acid, citric acid is found in raspberries while both citric and malic acids are found in cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and cloudberries.
Clumping Materials ~ Check! Laneige Multiberry Peeling gel contains cellulose
Hyaluronic Acid ~ I don’t see it in here! HA is a moisturizer and I am surprised that it isn’t in this product. However, perhaps the moisturizing qualities of glycerin and lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract ~ a skin-softening probiotic that is a very intensive moisturizer for your skin, are replacing HA. Another ingredient that could take the place of hyaluronic acid is sodium polyacrylate, which can absorb 200 to 300 times its mass in water. HA can absorb and retain 100 to 1,000 times its mass in water, so perhaps between the fermented goodies and sodium polyacrylate that will equal HA.
When I compare the ingredient list to Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel (a favorite), you can see that they do have quite a few differences in the ingredient list, but many of the ingredients share the same properties. They both have solvents, emollients, astringents and moisturizers, as well as anti-inflammatory ingredients, even if they differ. I do feel that the Laneige is a lot more gentle than Secret Key, but that could also be due to the fact that Secret Key requires a dry face and doesn’t have the mannan beads.
I do like that Laneige has niacinamide, which will help brighten and even out your skin tone over time and kaolin (clay) which is a great cleansing and detox ingredient for your skin.
|Laneige Multiberry Peeling Gel||Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel|
|Dipropylene glycol||Propylene Glycol|
|Sodium Polyacrylate||Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Water|
|Kaolin||Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract|
|Mannan||Althaea Rosea Flower Extract|
|Niacinamide||Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract|
|Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract||Hamamelis Virginiana Extract|
|Yeast Ferment Extract||Centella Asiatica Extract|
|Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract||Carica Papaya Fruit Extract|
|Vaccinium Angustifolium Fruit Extract||Disodium EDTA|
|Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract||Hydrolyzed collagen|
|Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract||Sodium Hyaluronate|
|Fragaria Chiloensis Fruit Extract||Portulaca Oleracea Extract|
|Lycium Chinese Fruit Extract||Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract|
|Coffea Arabica Seed Extract||Oryza Sativa Extract|
|Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract||Algae Extract|
|Yogurt Powder||Brassica Oleracea Italica Extract|
|Tetrasodium pyrophosphate||Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract|
|PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil||Pulsatilla Koreana Extract|
|Phenoxyethanol||Usnea Barbata Extract|
** ingredients found in both products are italicized
Thankfully for Yanks, Laneige is sold at target.com (yep, Tar Jay has stepped into the K-Beauty world, selling not only Laneige but Mizon products as well) This is a bit on the pricey side for me, as I can use it daily, but if you only use a peeling gel on occasion, it might be worth giving this a try. I know that the Target version states it is 80mL, but it is 120 mL.
- Target $22.00 for 120 mL
- Yes Style $25.90 or $23.31 for Gold Members for 120 mL
- Amazon.com $22.98 for 120 mL
- eBay $20.00 to $41.00 range for 120 mL. Average seems to be around $24.00 to $25.00
Have you tried Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Peeling Gel? What are your thoughts on it? If you haven’t tried it, are you interested it in now? Please let me know in the comments below 🙂
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[ description in italics from product box ]