South Korea has quickly acquired a well-deserved reputation as the Silicon Valley of skincare. Whenever I think that everything has already been invented, the Asian hub delivers a new cutting-edge technology or ingredient that completely revolutionizes your skincare routine. The latest breakthrough, which Refinery29 dubbed the “hottest Asian skincare product”, is O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel, the first natural spray-on skin and makeup prep exfoliant.
Whether before I had to rub abrasive scrubs or apply acids onto my skin to get rid of the dead skin cells that were dulling and roughening up my complexion, this mist uses enzymes to naturally dissolve them. Once these dead cells, and the dirt that sticks to the surface of the skin throughout the day and night, are removed, skin takes on a brighter, even-toned appearance. On top of it, exfoliation creates a smoother base for makeup, preventing BB Creams and cushion foundations from sticking to any dry, flaky patches of skin you may have on your face.
Enzymes are a gentler way to exfoliate the skin because they are less likely to cause irritations even when used daily, making them suitable for sensitive skin types, too. In addition, the formula is enriched with a blend of natural extracts, including cucumber and aloe, with soothing properties that keep skin calm and balanced. Finally, the exfoliant also contains retinol, a form of vitamin A that boosts collagen production and accelerates cellular turnover, helping your skin renew itself even faster.
I shake the bottle well before spraying a generous amount of the mist onto my freshly washed skin and wait about 3 seconds for it to absorb. Then, I gently massage my skin in circular motions with my fingertips. As I do so, I can see small, clear little balls rolling off my skin, which gives you the illusion the peel as an immediate effect. But those little balls aren’t made of dead cells; instead, it’s the carbomer, a substance used to enhance the texture of the formula, that creates the illusory peeling effect.
I then rinse off the mist with warm water and, if I think it necessary, do the whole procedure once more. I’ve also noticed that I get better results when I spray the mist on a small area at a time. It takes a bit more time that way, but the resulting exfoliation is more even, imparting the same smoothness and radiance equally all over my skin.
Although I can’t see the exfoliation happening in real time, its effect is very noticeable the morning after. When I wake up, the texture of my skin looks better than the night before: its wrinkles look smaller, pores have shrunk and its tone is more even. My whole face is brighter and my cushion foundation glides on more easily, too.
But what sealed the deal for me was its soothing properties: not only the mist doesn’t irritate my skin at all, but it also calms down any redness in my skin. It’s not every day you come across an exfoliant that soothes skin, and so quickly, too!
Summary: O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel is a spray on mist that uses enzymes to gently exfoliate skin, making the complexion smoother and brighter and creating the perfect canvas for makeup.
Claims: A physical peel, this ultra-gentle exfoliator dissolves the ‘glue’ that binds dead cells and debris to skin’s surface – revealing a super-smooth, even complexion that radiates health and vitality.
Ingredients: Mineral Water, Glycerin, Cetrimomium Chloride, Carbomer, Polysorbate 80, Octanediol, Angelica Archangelica Extract, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Chloride, Retinol, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Cirsium (Thistle) Extract.
Where to buy: Cult Beauty