If you look for Korean exfoliating products, you’ll find that most of the labels say “peeling.” I love that word. It sounds so satisfying. It’s just the idea of something rolling off and revealing something new, in this case your skin’s dead skin cells sloughing off to unveil a bright, happy glow.
I’m always looking for better ways to exfoliate because regular, gentle exfoliation delivers great results for some of my biggest skin concerns: Blackheads, brown spots and dull skin, I’m looking at you!
One thing that was drilled in my head during esthetician school is that exfoliating is one of the best ways to take care of your skin and it produces results — fast. Smoother, softer, brighter skin await if you exfoliate regularly.
That’s because your skin renews itself every 28 days, kind of like a snake shedding its skin. A layer of dead skin cells sit on your face until they’re sloughed away. Until then, some dead skin cell debris can settle in your pores, contributing to blackheads and even breakouts! Just by exfoliating right you can get clearer, brighter skin, not to mention enhanced skin care product absorption.
The product I am about to rave about is more than just an exfoliator. It’s special because it involves a cotton pad that uses the latest skin care technology to create a triple layer exfoliating function that no other product has been done before. Most importantly, it’s effective, though the fact that it’s made with red wine is also pretty cool. Intrigued?
Well, I’m about to take it a step further and tell you exactly why I think it’s going to be the next big thing in Korean skin care. Say hello to the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Exfoliating Pads.
What is the Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine?
The lazy woman (or man’s!) exfoliating dream. It includes 30 single-use exfoliating pads that offer the all-in-one benefits of chemical (works deep in pores) and mechanical exfoliation (works at surface level). (You can read all about this in The Little Book of Skin Care. 😉
The pads are soaked in an amazing concoction of red wine and lactic acid, which slough away dead skin cells and impurities as they hydrate.
These pads left my skin smoother and clearer without having to commit to a full facial scrub. The ingredients and the scent are heavenly, too. I’ll get to more specifics down below.
How do you use it?
Slip your fingers into the sleeve of the gauze peeling wine pad (the pointer and middle finger work best for me) so that the criss-crossed gauze side is facing down. Use gentle, circular motions all over a dry face and neck, working your way up to your forehead.
I see you, debris!
I get a little bit of instant gratification seeing some of the debris trapped in the gauze. Like I said — so satisfying!
Next rotate the pad so that the gauze side is facing up and the soft, quilted side is facing down. Swipe the softer side across the face to pick up the remaining debris. Optional! Using the same side, pat to enhance the absorption of the formula into the skin. Remember, it contains antioxidants and hydrating ingredients, which are beneficial to the skin. They help your skin stay supple and healthy now while protecting against future damage.
Now throw away the pad and rinse off the formula with lukewarm water.
Pro tip: If you’re going outside and get sun exposure, make sure you protect your newly exfoliated skin with sun screen!
Feel your face. Smooth, soft, and satisfying, right?
How often and when?
After cleansing, I use the pads about twice a week, but they’re gentle enough they can be used daily. Depends on how much your skin needs it! If you have a lot of rough, dry, flaky patches, you might benefit from using them daily. If you just want to maintain your complexion, use them less often.
The good stuff! Love talking about ingredients.
This product contains red wine extract, which is a fermented ingredient that contains natural occurring alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) that help with the exfoliation process. It’s also a powerful antioxidant because it contains resveratrol, which fights free radicals that lead to wrinkles and pigmentation.
Two chemical exfoliants are present in this formula: Glycolic acid and lactic acid (another AHA) that penetrates deep into your pores to clean out dead skin cells and debris that can clog pores. My personal favorite is lactic acid because it’s one of the few exfoliants that is very hydrating, it also plumps up your skin with moisture.
So more on the triple layer pad technology!
The first layer of the pad looks like a typical gauze pad, but it is oh-so-much more than that!
The inspiration behind its crisscrossing threads comes from the concept of threading where a thread is used to remove unwanted hair. (And if you’ve threaded your brows, you know how clean and tidy your brows look after!) I thought that was genius. The threads slough off the dead skin cells very easily and efficiently, not to mention gently.
The second layer (in the middle) is a very soft cushion that absorbs the formula and helps dispense it on your skin!
The last layer is quilted and is designed to pick up any remaining debris.
I know I just explained a ton, but to break it down to a few bullet points on why I love the Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine.
- Easy and fast. Sometimes I just don’t have the time to do the usual scrubs and it’s just as effective thanks to its amazing triple thread pad technology.
- Smells HEAVENLY. Like sweet grapes.
- Both mechanical (crisscrossed threads) and chemical exfoliation (lactic, glycolic acid) rolled into one. Double-tasking!
- THE RESULTS! Brighter, softer, skin that doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and stripped of moisture. Perfect step for that dewy, radiant glow.
Hope you love it. Let me know what you think in the comments below!