Exfoli-Rater : Missha Super Aqua Peeling Gel

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OH YEAH WOO, another exfoliantizer, RIGHT ON. This week, we’ve got a tube o’ goo from Missha! Let’s get into it :

Missha Super Aqua Peeling Gel (3.4oz/$9.82 on Amazon) is, yes, another gommage-type exfoliator. It’s quite similar to a few of the others I’ve tried — It’s Skin, Skin Food, etc — but with a few little differences in both performance and ingredients. Which…let’s take a look at what’s in there, yes?

INGREDIENTS : Water, Glycerin, Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Morus Alba Bark Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water, Milk Lipids, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Oxygen, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Mannitol, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Lactic Acid, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, Urea, 1,2-Hexanediol, Algin, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Bromelain, Papain, Carbomer, Caffeine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance(Parfum)

A little more info on some of the noteworthy or maybe-unfamiliar ingredients :

Butylene/Dipropylene/Pentylene Glycol : good texture enhancers / humectants

Morus Alba (White Mulberry) : antioxidant / brightener

Papaya extract (source of papain) : fair-to-middling exfoliant

Camellia Sinensis : green tea, excellent antioxidant

Chorella Vulgaris : algae extract, good emollient and antioxidant,

Triethanolamine : emulsifier

Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice root extract) : a soothing skin conditoner, anti-inflammatory

Allantoin : an excellent skin-soother and conditioner.

Bromelain (pineapple extract) : a soothing exfoliant

As for “orange fruit water” (is that…orange juice? from concentrate or nah?) and “milk lipids” (milk fat? like, triglycerides? okay) — your guess is as good as mine, and I have reached my Research The Ingredients limit for today. Whatever, y’all put food on your face all the time, it’s probably fine.

WHAT’S THAT STUFF LIKE

It is, predictably, quite similar to the gommage offerings from It’s Skin and Skin Food : it’s a medium-bodied gelatinous goo, you spread it over your clean dry face, and rub it into your skin for a minute or so (avoiding eye area, as usual) and it pills up via its polymerizing agents (primarily cellulose in this case) combining with your skin’s oils and dead surface cells. Like those other two (and unlike Cure Aqua Gel), you don’t have to let it sit on your face for five minutes first — you can start rubbing immediately, and it starts pilling immediately.

In case you like looking at the back of packaging and can read Korean. I cannot read Korean.

This one has some other noteworthy similarities and differences to It’s Skin and Skin Food : like the latter, it comes in a mildly irritating tube with a twist-off bottom which then has to be properly aligned in order to close. NO. FLIP-CAP, PLS. But like the former, it’s one of the more-effective gommage exfoliants I’ve tried. And it further differs from both of those lemony-citrusy gels in that it has a very light fresh floral fragrance. I can’t positively identify the exact scent, but like, if you told me “this is 100% lily of the valley” I would 100% believe you. Anyway, it’s a quite clean scent and not overwhelmingly perfumey at all, and it doesn’t linger after you rinse it away.

Une macro du blorp.

HOW DOES IT DO THO

Also similar to It’s Skin, this is quite effective, AND (unlike Cure and to a lesser degree Skin Food) the pills that form during use rinse away cleanly and aren’t too inclined to cling to one’s extremely feminine and shut up it’s totally invisible peach fuzz. Also, this seems to have some ~extra~ cellulose (or something) in it, because immediately when I start rubbing it, I can actually detect a little bit of tiny tiny gritty stuff in there. I kinda feel like this makes it marginally more effective at its primary purpose? And yes, it accomplishes that purpose quite well! The use / rinse / dry face / apply serum / wait / dust with powder test yielded noticeably smoother skin and a decrease in flaky areas. Yay!

IN CONCLUSION : If you’re into gommage exfoliants (or you’re new to them and would like to try one), this is a great option, particularly if you’re not into citrus / fruity scents, as so many of them lean in that direction. It’s effective, it’s under ten bucks, it rinses cleanly, and it’s got some nice ingredients (beneficial botanical extracts, allantoin, etc) going for it. I’m giving it an A- despite its slightly annoying cap, because I feel like it performs at least as well as the It’s Skin Citron one I’m fond of, and I really dig the low-key flowery scent.

COMPARISON CHART :

PRODUCT NAME SIZE PRICE TYPE RATING
Missha Super Aqua 3.4oz $9.82 pilling gel A-
Honey + Coffee Grounds puddle free? grainy scrub B-
Honey + Brown Sugar blorp free? grainy scrub B, lol
Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating 3.4oz $26.00 grainy scrub D
Skin Inc Pure Revival Peel 2oz $55.00 pilling gel + B
Juara Radiance Enzyme Scrub 2.5oz $35.00 grainy scrub B-
Skin Food Pineapple Peeling Gel 3.4oz $10.00 pilling gel B-
Dermalogica Microfoliant 2.6oz $45.00 powder, salicylic B
Ren Flash Rinse 2.5oz $48.00 grainy, vit C C
Algenist Triple Action 2oz $58.00 grainy, glycolic C+
Vasanti Brighten Up! 4.2oz $34.00 grainy scrub A
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub 4oz $8.49 grainy scrub B-
It’s Skin Citron Peeling Gel 4oz $10.00 pilling gel A-