What Is a Peeling Gel?

Hi guys, Its me again! Today, we’re going to talk about one of the exfoliants – peeling gel. What is a peeling gel? A peeling gel is form of physical exfoliation that uses fruit enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells and unclog pores, which you can see as you massage it onto your skin.


It is extremely gentle and soothing, making it the perfect exfoliator for sensitive skin! Unfortunately, dead skin cells won’t go away after a good cleanse. Exfoliating your skin, however, will help get rid of all of that, allowing your products to sink in and absorb better! And hey, you spend money on your skincare, might as well make sure your skin is actually absorbing it, right?!

Basically, we need to exfoliate at least 1-2 times a week and can be added to 3-4 times a week depends on your preference and the reaction of your skin.


Basically, all peeling gel works the same – they contain ingredients that interact with any oil sitting on your skin, and clump them up with some friction. To be clear, you can imagine the clumps that develop when you massage your skin is like a bead in the your facial scrub but in a gentler form.

Peeling gels must be applied to clean, dry skin, otherwise, they do not work very well. Peeling gels should also have alpha hydroxy acid (glycolic, citric, lactic) as it helps in removing dead skin cells ~ lemons and papayas naturally contain alpha hydroxy acids.

Another common ingredient is hyaluronic acid,  which will increase moisture and hydration and improve your skin texture and tone. Your peeling gel should form clumps of white or greyish balls when you massage it into your skin.

Well, most of the peeling gels that I’ve tried comes in gel form (you would know that by the names itself. hehe). After spreading the gel all over your face, wait for a minute and then slowly massage your face. Just massage until the gel starts to form clumps.

By this time, the gel would have dissolved dead skin cells and balled up into tiny pieces, extracting the dead skin cells as you gently rub the product on your face. The clumps actually help to pick up the dead skin cells. Just continue massage your skin until you feel like you’ve exfoliated enough and the rinse it off. And, you’re done! 

You should only see the clumps when it is applied to skin, as the oils on your skin is what should activate the fibers and enzymes in a peeling gel. Those clumps are part product (listed as acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer or carbomer or cellulose), part your skin cells, held together by the oils from your skin. If the clumps are greyish-white in color as well, don’t worry ~ that just means that your skin was really dirty! 


Well with regularly usage, you can see the visible difference. It minimizes the look of pores, and brightens your skin as it removes dead skin cells. You will notice that your skin  feels so soft and ‘toink toink’. It also helps your skincare products to penetrate the skin better. Peeling gels are so mild that you will not feel any burning sensation. Even people with sensitive skin can use it with no bad reaction. If you want your make up to look smooth, you can use peeling gel before applying makeup to removes any dead skin cells on your face. 

So for those who prefer mildest way to exfoliate your skin, you may wanna try a peeling gel. There are various options that you can find on Hermo Website such as : 

Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Peeling Gel 120ml
Klavuu Pure Pearlsation Revitalizing Intensive Peeling Gel 80ml
Iunik Lime Moisture Mild Peeling Gel 120g
Nightlabs 11 Berries Peeling Gel 215ml

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