Instagram Story: Giant Q-Tip Exfoliator

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A while back, I bought two of these single-use exfoliators from Glow Recipe (this link will get you 15% off your first purchase). I had used the first one some months earlier and finally got around to trying the second.

The product is known as an “aqua peeler,” which is a condensed version of the “aqua peel” treatment commonly performed by dermatologists in South Korea. As Glow Recipe co-founders Sarah Lee and Christine Chang explain here, the “oversized, jumbo Q-tip is pre-soaked with exfoliating and hydrating ingredients”—these include lactic acid and glycolic acid (chemical exfoliants in the category of alpha hydroxy acids), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), malic acid, and citric acid, along with plant and fruit extracts, algae extract, plankton extract, and 85% sea water.

The first time I tried this, I didn’t find that my skin looked better the next morning. In fact, the pimple I was hoping to combat seemed a bit more red and inflamed—but there’s no way to know if that would have happened regardless of whether I’d used the aqua peeler the previous night. Still, I do feel that my skin isn’t particularly fond of lactic acid, as it’s never given me the same incredible results others have claimed to see (such as from the cult-favorite product Good Genes, for example). Fortunately, the second time I used this, my skin was just as clear the next day, while some problem areas were resurfaced and hyper-pigmentation was lightened.

Product: Yoon Dermaline Marine Complex Exfoliator*

*Although I bought this from Glow Recipe, they no longer sell it online (but if you’re in New York, you can still find it at their month-long pop-up shop). Luckily, Glow Recipe does sell the Reme+G 3-in-1 Aqua Peeler Sheet Mask Kit, which was temporarily unavailable at the time I’d decided to test out their aqua peeler stock.