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Philosophy The Microdelivery Mini Peel Pads

For my current exfoliating routine, I switch between Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash (physical exfoliant) and this mini peel pad (chemical exfoliant). The exfoliating wash is more gentle but I find this peel pad to be more effective in terms of treating congested skin.

This product comes in a jar filled with saturated pads in the size of standard cosmetic cotton rounds. One pad is enough for the whole face and neck. Since I have large pores and wear makeup daily, foundation can easily clogged the pores around my nose. There is a noticeable difference when I use this peel pad around my nose. I have sensitive skin but this chemical exfoliant does not irritate my skin. It’s pretty comfortable to use on a weekly basis. It makes my skin a bit red after usage but it doesn’t burn my skin like some of the other peels on the market. I just apply a little bit of aloe gel to sooth the redness. This product is also very travel friendly because you can simply put a few in a ziploc bag and these disposable peel pads do not require rinsing.

This peel pad does a great job of decongesting my skin and allows my skin care products to absorb better. It’s also more effective for clearing up acne than the exfoliating wash. I have not used the

This product retails for $38. It is not available at Sephora but you can buy it on the Philosophy official website and


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Innisfree Jeju Aloe Soothing Skin Moisturizing Toner


I picked out this toner when I went to the Innisfree store in Shanghai last month. I don’t remember seeing this product online but I needed a new moisturizing toner and aloe seems like to be a good option. After doing some research, it turned out that this is a new product that was released in June. I was only able to find this product on Chinese websites so it might be exclusive to the Chinese market.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I am a firm believer in moisturizing toners. They have made the biggest difference in balancing my combination skin. Like other moisturizing toners, this product does not contain any alcohol. The texture is mostly like water but it’s slightly gel-like. I really like this consistency because it feels more moisturizing than toners that just feel like water. After cleansing, I like to pour some into my palm and pat it onto my face. Then I let it dry before applying serum and moisturizer. This toner is quite moisturizing so I’d suggest it for fall and winter.

It’s a shame that this line is so hard to find in the US because I’d love to try some of the other products. This product retails for ¥110 (roughly $18).


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Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash

I picked up this little bottle during Philosophy’s Friends&Family sale a couple of months ago. I’ve been looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser and this one seemed to be promising. To start off, I am a fan of the Philosophy Purity Cleanser so I had high expectations for this product. I must say, this exfoliating cleanser worked just the way I wanted :)

First of all, the micro-beads in this cleanser are very fine. This is probably the most gentle physical exfoliating cleanser/scrub that I have encountered so far. It’s very comfortable to use (non-drying) and it does not irritate my sensitive skin. While this product is gentle enough for everyday use, I prefer to use it once a week. I generally use this product after cleansing my face and before applying a mask.

Some people might think this product is a little too gentle. But based on my own experience, gentle products are more effective in the long run. I will never go back to St. Ives Apricot Scrub because it has done too much damage to my skin.

I would recommend this exfoliating cleanser to everyone, especially those with sensitive skin. Before dispensing this product, I would suggest shaking the bottle a little bit since the beads tend to settle to the bottom.

This product is available at: Sephora, Nordstrom, Philosophy Official Website


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