[REVIEW] NEOGEN Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine Pads (Before and After)
Neogen launched Korea’s first peeling pads back in 2012 and have made significant changes to them throughout the years. The Neogen wine Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling pad is the first chemical Exfoliator I used and one of the first K-beauty products I tried, it participated in getting me hooked to skincare and the K-beauty word.
What you get: 30 sheets
Cruelty-free : Yes
Price (use this link): 28.90$ (If you use my code: DEWILDE you can get up to 5% off on any yesstyle purchase at checkout)
Texture: The smooth side feels just like any good quality cotton pad would, the rough side is meshed cotton and is more texturized but it’s not harsh.
Ingredient List: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Wine Extract, Alcohol Denat., PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Tromethamine, Benzophenone-5, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Coptis Japonica Extract, Tartaric Acid, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, CI 15985, CI 17200, CI 42090, Carbomer, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum)
Wine Extract: The major benefit you get from wine extract comes from Resveratrol: Antioxidant (Scavenges free radicals and increases cellular expression of enzymatic antioxidants) + Anti-Aging (Reduces production of enzymes that break down collagen)
Benzophenone-5: Filters out both UVA and UVB rays, you can find this ingredient in a lot of sunscreen, if you’re wondering what it’s doing here, it’s probably because the product comes in a clear packaging and this was used to protect or delay the product from photo-degradation.
Sodium Hyaluronate : Hydrating (water binding properties) + Wound healing (promotes micro circulation)
Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract: Anti-Aging (Reduces production of enzymes that break down collagen) + Antioxidant (Scavenges free radicals)
Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant (Vitamin C, beta-carotene, glutathione, quercetin, and vitamin E) + Prevents hyper-pigmentation (Inhibits Melanin forming activity of Tyrosinase)
Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract: Antioxidant (Polyphenols + Vitamin C)
Tartaric Acid + Glycolic Acid + Lactic Acid : All of these are forms of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which are a class of acids that reduce cell adhesion in the top layer of the skin (decrease cellular bond between corneocytes) which leads to an exfoliating effect. AHAs have also been shown to increase the production of mucopolysaccharides and collagen in the skin. [ Anti-Acne + Anti-Aging + Brightening ]
Alcohol Denat. + Fragrance (Parfum): +A lot of people assimilate alcohol and fragrances in skincare to dehydration and irritation. I would recommend that you watch this video: “Is Alcohol Safe in Skincare Products?” (by Liah Yoo, who worked at Korea's largest beauty company, AmorePacific and now also has her own brand: KraveBeauty) and consult the links provided in the info box which refer to published scientific studies and articles. The main point is: yes, alcohol and fragrance can be very stripping and irritating to the skin, but it all depends on how they are used and combined in the final formulation (their ratio, the reactions they have with other ingredients, etc…).
+There’s a bit of an issue when it comes to the ingredients, supposedly Neogen changed its formulation to remove the alcohols and fragrances present, and instead of AHAs they started using PHAs (Polyhydroxy acids) which have a larger molecular structure that presumably serves as to not penetrate the skin as much, which makes them gentler and less sensitizing [Lactobionic Acid + Gluconolactone]. This is the ingredient list of the new formulation:
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water (5%), Glycerin, Diglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Wine Extract (100ppm), Gardenia Jasminoides (Gardenia) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobionic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Gluconolactone, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Octyldodeceth-16, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA
+All new ingredients are in bold, they serve the same purpose as the older ones (stabilizing, texturizing, conditioning, … ), additional anti-oxidants have been added (the grape extracts and gardenia), and instead of fragrances, oils are used. Oils are controversial, some people say they’re sensitizing, others say they have more benefits than just smelling nice (lavender has shown some antibacterial effects in a recent study), overall my point of view is that they probably do have skin benefits that haven’t been researched on, but they probably are also sensitizing to some types of skin, as always, do a patch test and see what happens (you can buy individual pads here for 12$) or simply don’t buy this if you have sensitive skin.
If you buy this product from Yesstyle, you have the option to buy the old or the newer formula, but the ingredient list shown are the same for both products. I emailed them on the matter, because a lot of other reseller websites also have this issue, and the Neogen website lists the old formula even though it promotes NEOGEN PHA (Lactobionic Acid + Gluconolactone) as a new cutting edge ingredient. I’ll update this post when they answer to give you the correct links for each formulations.
1. After cleansing, insert clean fingers into the sleeve of the pad. Make sure that the Cotton Mesh Gauze Side is facing you (Rough side).
2. Use gentle, circular motions all over your dry face and neck.
3. Next, rotate the pad and make sure the soft side (Smooth side) is facing you. Gentle swipe the softer side all over the face to pick up any remaining debris.
4. Throw pad away and splash face with lukewarm water.
5. Follow with your toner of choice
* For best results, use twice a week or as needed.
Gentle Peeling; the manual exfoliation pads combined with chemical peeling effects of the wine serum help remove dead skin cells, cleanse and purify the skin: The great thing with the Neogen pads is that they use cotton as an Exfoliator, and even though they messed it up and textured it, cotton is still pretty smooth and mild compared to the majority of physical exfoliators out there. As for the chemical part, all of the AHAs used have research on them that proves their efficacy and safety (at certain concentration levels) on skin. My only note is that the claims say that the wine serum helps remove dead skin cells/cleans/purifies, and I can’t find any actual research that proves this, only random blog posts that put out random claims. Resveratrol has many benefits, but exfoliating isn’t one of them, here the exfoliating is due to the cotton and AHAs combination and it works.
Anti-Aging; the wine serum containing Resveratrol delivers firmer, healthier and stronger skin: Yes, Resveratrol has anti-aging properties, so do other ingredients on this list (see Key ingredients), furthermore, exfoliating is an active part of any anti-aging regime since it helps other ingredients to penetrate the skin more. This is a preventative treatment, If you have skin with wrinkled and fine lines, the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine might help smooth over some fine lines but it won’t have any drastic effect on wrinkles. Your skin won’t look noticeably firmer, but it will look healthier and ‘stronger’ since that’s what exfoliation usually achieves.
Smoother skin; patented 3-layer 100% cotton gauze pads deliver smoother, improved skin texture: Exfoliation (when formulated and applied right) and smoother skin go hand in hand, so that’s an obvious yes. The 3-layer pads aren’t the only cause of that improved skin texture, the ingredients and formulation are probably doing a better job than the pads, but as always, from a marketing standpoint, this is how they get you interested.
USE THESE 2 TO 3 TIMES A WEEK.
I absolutely love these pads, I’ve tried the other ones (lemon and green tea) but the wine ones are my favorite (ingredient wise and smell wise). They make my skin instantly smoother and although they don’t extract my blackheads, they do remove the ones that are sitting on the surface of my nose. I would recommend these to anyone because exfoliation should be part of any skincare routine. If you have normal/combination/oily skin these will be great, but steer clear of them if you have sensitive skin, you’re better off with something more mild and without lavender oil.
Some benefits that you’ll get from the first use:
+Skin texture is greatly improved
+Pores are less noticeable
+Fine lines are less noticeable
+Lips are plumped up and lines are less noticeable
++Before and After here is after 5 minutes apart.
Fun to use
Not harsh on skin
Great ingredients that work
Probably sensitizing if you have very sensitive skin
The pad only fits 2 fingers, so when you press down on your skin to exfoliate, the areas in contact with these 2 fingers will get more force of exfoliation than the rest, which is fine because you’ll probably will go all over your face with these 2 fingers, but the point is I think it’s a waste of material for the pad to be circular if it only fits 2 fingers, a rectangular pad would have been more logical.
Score: 4.0/5 --- This doesn’t get a full score, because as I age, I tend to gravitate towards chemical exfoliants than physical ones (just a preference). Otherwise, these pads are great.