Saturday, October 17, 2015

[Review] Holika Holika Smooth Egg Skin Re:Birth Peeling Gel

"Facial peeling gel formulated with natural eggs from Mountain Jiri.  It seeps away dead skin cells and dirt for a silky-smooth, supple skin."
Eggs are in~

Have you all noticed how popular eggs have become? It's printed on clothing, backpacks, we have egg shaped purses, jewelry, and even a lot of skin care brands have egg themed lines. For a couple of years now, egg whites have been brought up in skincare quite often due to its claims to reduce redness and inflammation, stop breakouts, and make the skin firm. Whether or not those claims are true or not is up to you, but that doesn't stop us from purchasing these egg products.

When I saw the Smooth Egg Skin Re:Birth Peeling Gel from Holika Holika, I immediately needed to get my hands on it. There's also a brown egg version (organic eggs are brown, right?), which is a face wash. I somehow didn't care much for that one.

You can purchase it almost in any Korean beauty site, but I purchased mine from RoseRoseShop for $5.75 :)

Packaging: It seriously looks like a little space pod. How can you not like it?!
I admit, it is a little bulky and takes up some space on my counter, but whatever >_> I can't be mad at it.
You just squeeze this little guy, ever so carefully. I say carefully because the consistency is a little more aqueous than what I'm used to and it's quite easy to squeeze too much.

Here are better instructions that can be found on their website:
It says you're supposed to wash it off after with lukewarm water, but I just wipe it off with some witch hazel astringent. Compared to the other peeling gels I've used, I noticed more gunk that's left behind on the cotton pad after using this. Which is a good thing and means it's doing its job!

Consistency: It's neither too watery or too thick. As I stated earlier, you need to be careful in squeezing it out because the consistency can make you squeeze too much out. If you spread too much on your face, it takes a while of rubbing for it to start drying and peeling off.
I didn't change the light in the last picture, so I'm not sure why it's so much lighter from before. I don't think the peeling gel is responsible for the drastic difference :x Or maybe it is?
Gunk from my hand.
Scent: I can't describe it, I just know I don't like it. It's not an awful smell, it's actually somewhat floral? But not subtle floral (in my opinion), but instead much more like perfume. It mostly bothers me because I don't like the feeling of spreading perfume all over my face, and the smell tends to linger a bit.

Does it work?
There's been some arguments that peeling gels are actually some type of placebo effect. These people say that it's the product itself that's actually balling up creating the "dead skin cells" rather it coming out of your face. While I can't say if that's true or not, I definitely see a difference using peeling gels in my skincare routine every day. And while other peeling gels slough off white little balls, the skin cells I see after using this are a bit darker, which I assume is all the dirt and grim from my face. *thumbs up*
Nasty much? This is using the peel after washing my face with the Clarisonic Mia.
After using this, I feel that my face is cleaner, even after using an oil cleanser and foam wash. I feel like I'm getting rid of anything else left behind that my face wash didn't get rid of.

So yes, in my opinion it does do its job and works for me.

Final Verdict:

While I do like the packaging and the peeling effect on my skin I'll most likely not purchase due to the scent. Yes, it bothers me that much. Of course that's all up to preference, and it might bother anyone else. I think for the price, it's a great product to try out for yourself. 

Have you tried this out? I'd definitely like to hear about anyone else's experience with it!

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