Review: Benton PHA Peeling Gel
If you missed out on my review on Beauty of Joseon Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel, just go to the link! After I finished my tube of Beauty of Joseon Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel, I decided to try out other peeling gels. Even though I liked the Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel, I was curious what else was out there. I picked up Benton PHA Peeling Gel. This peeling gel is formulated with naturally-derived cellulose to buff away dead skin cells and excess sebum from the skin. It contains PHAs, which is even more gentler compared to AHAs to leave the skin feeling exfoliated, smooth, and bright without irritation. The star ingredients in this product are cellulose, PHA (Lactobionic Acid), Chrysanthemum Morifolium Flower Extract, Ceramide NP, and Sodium Hyaluronate. These ingredients help to replenish moisture and soothe the skin. It’s suitable for sensitive, dry, acne-prone skin types. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, artificial fragrance & color-free, sulfate-free, alcohol-free, mineral oil-free, essential oil-free, and silicone-free. So I’ve been using this peeling gel for a few weeks, here are my thoughts on it! 🙂
This peeling gel is a soft white gel (see photo below). It’s very different compared to what I was using before (Beauty of Joseon Apricot Blossom Peeling Gel). When applied to the skin, it feels very gentle on the skin. Feels lightweight and moisturizing. Not drying at all. It gently sweeps away dead skin cells without being aggressive or harsh. I think gentle is what I would describe my overall experience with this peeling gel. It doesn’t irritate or burn the skin at all. I’ve used this peeling gel when my skin became super sensitive and dry. I had some flakes on my skin to remove. I experienced no irritation from it. The texture of the product is really nice. It soft and squishy. Fun to use. Cellulose rolls across the face, and you can see clumps of it while massaging it into the skin. This peeling gel is just so interesting, lol.
But, there’s one thing I don’t like about this product. When I’m massaging the product on my face, the product falls off of my face and gets everywhere. It doesn’t stick to the skin or at least stay on for the time being. It gets messy. With that in mind, make sure to use the product over the sink, so the product doesn’t get all over the floor.
As for results, it’s not bad for a gentle exfoliant that doesn’t irritate the skin. If your skin can’t handle more aggressive exfoliants, this is a good choice. When my skin needs a break from tough facial scrubs and leave-on chemical exfoliants, I use a peeling gel like this one. The ingredients in this product looks pretty good too. It contains ceramide np, sodium hyaluronate, licorice, lactobionic acid, and allantoin. So far, the results are similar to my previous peeling gel but without the tingling sensation. I think I like this one a little bit more. My skin looks and feels very soft afterwards. 🙂
The peeling gel is perfectly sealed. 😉
This is what Benton PHA Peeling Gel looks like. It’s so interesting…
Pros & Cons
- Contains ceramide np, sodium hyaluronate, and lactobionic acid (PHA)
- Soft and gentle on the skin
- Excellent choice for ultra sensitive skin
- Provides gentle exfoliation
- Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
- Not drying at all
- Product falls off of the face (haha)
This is a good and honestly very gentle peeling gel. A great option for sensitive skin. Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, sometimes when I use drying acne treatments, my skin gets more sensitive. I like having gentle products of this one around just in case I need to remove some dead skin cells from my face without being overly aggressive. The only gripe I have about this peeling gel is that the product rolls off of the face and gets everywhere. So I highly recommend using this product over the sink to prevent something like this from happening. Other than that, using this peeling gel was definitely nice experience. Will I purchase again? Yes! I like the soft, gentleness of the product. It’s a good thing to be kind to your skin. 🙂
Review: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Here’s another The Ordinary skin care product that I have! I feel like I have so many of them, lol. But this time, I’m here to talk about The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution! When I was looking for a good glycolic acid product to clear up my acne, I thought I would give this one a try. Nothing seems to be working. And this glycolic acid product is very affordable for the size too. With so many glowing reviews, I just had to. So this glycolic acid product offers mild exfoliation to improve skin radiance and clarity. Improves skin texture. It contains Tasmanian Pepperberry derivative, ginseng root, and aloe vera for radiance and to soothe the skin. I liked how this glycolic acid product was a mild exfoliating product. Even though I have pretty thick skin, I prefer gentle products. They’re less likely to dry out the skin or make the skin feel uncomfortable. So after using this for several weeks, here are my results!
This toner is golden in color. It looks pretty cool. I tried using it with a cotton pad and also tried gently patting the product into my skin. I prefer using the toner with a cotton pad instead. With the cotton pad, it helps to remove excess debris and oil from the skin. I didn’t find this glycolic acid to be too strong. I’ve used ahas that are higher than 7% before. This was definitely mild, which isn’t a bad thing. But I didn’t see any improvements in my skin using this toner. What I did notice were breakouts. It wasn’t from purging all of the gunk underneath the surface of the skin. But from the product itself. The ingredients in this product didn’t seem to click with my skin. It also made my skin itchy and red. The texture of it is very weird too. It leaves a film, residue behind that sits on top of the skin. It doesn’t feel like it sinks into the skin well. So! I stopped using it immediately. It wasn’t giving me the results I had hoped for. As I mentioned before, the size of the product is good, the price of the product is good, but the formula wasn’t suitable for my skin. I tried using it on my body with similar results. It made my skin feel itchy and red, since I can feel the product sitting on top of my skin. I didn’t enjoy using this product at all. Feels gross, no results.
Pros & Cons
- Contains 7% Glycolic Acid
- pH of ~3.6 for exfoliation
- Gentle on the skin
- Feels tacky on the skin
- Makes skin red and itchy
- Leaves residue behind
- Breakouts (not from purging)
I’m not surprised that this glycolic acid toner didn’t work. Many products from The Ordinary have that awful texture that doesn’t sit right on my skin. Their glycolic acid toner gives off that same weird feeling. It didn’t leave my skin feeling clean or clearer. It just made my skin look worse with no improvements. This may work for others, but it didn’t work for me. It’s no for me. Next!