Hi Sunshines, hope you all had a great weekend! My skin has been acting up recently so I've been trying out a lot of new products to deal with the season and skin type change here (yes, winter came late to HK and my skin went from normal / slightly dry to extremely dry in no time). So, one of these products that I've been testing out is the Laneige Clear - C Peeling Mask. I've been using it for nearly a month now, so it's time for a dedicated review.
» Size and Price
I’ve always had the opinion that Laneige products are very well priced for what they are and with this product it is no different. Using this consistently (give or take 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes more) a jar will last you about a month. Obviously it isn’t the cheapest scrub out there but isn’t overpriced either.
The product comes in a gradient pink, hard plastic jar with the letters imprinted on it. You do get a spatula with it, like any other Laneige product that come in a jar. While not the most luxurious packaging, it does feel like a well-made and throughout sturdy jar where you know you don’t spend most of the retail price on the actual packaging.
The scrub has a grainy yet soft creamy texture that is slightly on the thicker side with a fresh sweet scent. It has smaller white beads that are konjac granules, while the larger softer particles are strawberry seeds.
Overall the formula, along with the other products in the Clear C line, contains different types of plant derived malic acid AHA. This product in particular stars the konjac granules and strawberry seeds to remove any dead skin cells.
Aqua, Propanediol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycereth-26, Sodium Polyacrylate, Kaolin, Mannan, Acerola Fruit Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus Fruit Extract, Euterpe oleracea Fruit Extract, Yeast Ferment Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Lemon Fruit Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Strawberry Seed, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cocoa Extract, Dextrin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glutathione, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Aromatics
» Application and ease of use
“After washing face, apply the mask and massage gently all over the face except eye and mouth area. Wash it off with lukewarm water. Use 2-3 times a week for a dewy, vitalized skin. "
I initially was a little bit confused about this product as it states that it’s a mask, however I’d personally categories this as a gentle scrub / exfoliator as I automatically think that masks need to be left on for at least a few minutes.
I’ve tried the Clear C Peeling Mask out in a few different ways including applying it on wet skin, working it into my skin and then washing it off. However, I found the best way to get results is to apply it in circular motion on a dry face let is sit for about 2 minutes while I’m in the shower and then rinsing it off in circular motions. If you have very sensitive skin you might want to wash it off immediately as the acids can cause your face tingle slightly. For those with normal skin, you won’t have this issue as it is overall still very gentle.
After using this consistently for nearly a month now, I’ve noticed that my skin has become brighter. Now that it is winter time, I do get dry texturised skin easily, making it also on the more sensitive side. This product has really helped to reduce the texture on my skin while still being gentle enough to avoid the stinging of regular (acid) scrubs.
I don’t have an oily skin type, but considering how gentle this scrub is, I don’t think it would be as effective for those with oily to very oily skin types.
» SUITABLE FOR ...
Those looking for a gentle scrub and have normal to dry and/or sensitive skin. Not the best for oily skin types or those needing a more potent scrub.
» THE CONCLUDING PROS AND CONS
- Not for oily skin types
- Not (yet) available in most western markets
- Product name can be confusing
- Reduces Texture and Smooths Skin
» Overall Thoughts
I do definitely recommend this product for those that have a similar skin type as me and I will definitely repurchase it. Though, I’m not at the point to say that it is going to be a staple in my skincare routine and I will still be looking and testing out different gentle scrubs but in the meantime this is well loved.
Have you guys tried this product or any other Laneige products also any recommendations on different gentle scrubs? I’m slowly starting to try out more and more from the brand (besides my well-loved sleeping mask by them) and so far they have really impressed me!