Peeling Gel – Groundbreaking…Absolutely Not, here’s why!
Peeling gels are very popular in Asian skincare and gradually bursting on Western skincare scene. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy using peeling gels but have a proper problem with the way they’re sold to consumers.
We’ve seen Peter Thomas Roth, Boscia, Attitude Skincare, Seacret etc releasing their versions of peeling gels. Let’s get one thing clear on the onset, neither are they serums nor exfoliators. Certainly not a chemical exfoliator, and in my opinion not a mechanical/physical one either. They claim as you gently rub the product on your skin, the product lifts, rolls and sweeps dead skin cells off your skin. Seriously who buys that? Your dead skin will just roll off….?
My curious investigative mind, led me to finding the catch. Always in the inci list and some google search on specific ingredients can open a world of knowledge. So all these peeling gels have one ingredient in common, Carbomer! It forms a film on the skin and then as we obediently follow the product instructions and rub all over our skin, Carbomer gets crumbled/rolled/lifts/sweeps dead skin cells off our face.
False and misleading marketing leads naïve consumers to believe that rolled off Carbomer is actually dead skin. May be…just may be some flaky skin might get rolled off with Carbomer but it is not “all of your dead skin”. Think about it, your skin might fall off your face.
I know these products have earned some serious raves in the blogosphere based on the belief that dead skin rolls off our face. However I felt the need to get real with this concept. Having said all this, I still enjoy using these products. Sometimes skincare doesn’t have to be all serious business.