Review: Benton PHA Peeling Gel

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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. 😉

Benton PHA Peeling Gel

This is what Benton PHA Peeling Gel looks like. It’s so interesting…

Benton PHA Peeling Gel

✅ Pros

❌ Cons

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 EUK 134 0.1%

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The Ordinary EUK 134

I’ve gone through a bunch of The Ordinary skin care products. Check out my review on other The Ordinary skin care products if you’ve missed out on them! So! On to The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1% Serum. I just had to try this serum out to see what it’s about! This serum is an antioxidant. It prevents the loss of water and oxygen from the skin. It also helps to reduce redness and protects the skin from UV radiation. Sounds like any other antioxidant. But let’s see if it works or not! I’ve had this serum for so long. I’ve used it on and off when I was off of acids. With the EUK serum, it can’t be used with strong acids (like ascorbic acid). EUK would be completely destroyed (according to their website). With that thought in mind, here’s my experience with EUK!

I took a break from acids to use this serum. Just to see if it’ll work better for me. Once again, EUK and strong acids don’t go well together. EUK would be rendered useless. So this serum is lightweight. It absorbs into the skin (takes time to completely absorb) but has an oily feel to it. Just like the many other The Ordinary skin care products that I have issues with, lol. I used it in the morning and night because I wasn’t using anything else on my skin (no acids, just a basic, plain skin care routine). Honestly, I thought the serum felt oily on the skin and made my skin look oily too. There’s only two ingredients in this serum. They are (of course) Propanediol and Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride. I think it’s the propanediol that I’m having issues with once again. I noticed blackheads in the most random places. I discontinued using it immediately.

As for results, it didn’t do anything for redness. Sometimes I get some redness on my cheeks and nothing changed after using this serum. Also, I can’t tell if it helped boost UV protection. Maybe it did, maybe it didn’t. That’s what it’s supposed to do. I definitely didn’t see improvements in my complexion using this serum. It just made my skin oily and dried it out at the same time. Making my skin look aged and wrinkly. After this experience, I don’t think the EUK serum is for me. I know it’s an antioxidant, but I think antioxidants that are acids just work better on my skin, such as vitamin c and retinol. They both help tame oilies in my skin, reduce acne, fade acne marks, and minimize wrinkles (or at least are better at preventing them). I can visually see changes in my skin using vitamin c and retinol, while the EUK serum didn’t produce any results. It was a waste of time. Perhaps it may work better on someone that have very sensitive skin and can’t tolerate acids at all.

This is what the serum looks like…

The Ordinary EUK 134 0.1

✅ Pros

❌ Cons

I thought this serum was such a waste. It didn’t do anything for my skin. I don’t see the point when there are acids that give me better results. Much, much better than this bottle of grease, lol. I just know that it’s not for me. I won’t repurchase, obviously. haha. Next!

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