[REVIEW] Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel (Before and After)

I’ve used the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel for over a year now on and off, its texture took a while to get used to and I was very confused by the instructions and what exactly this gel was meant to do. If you’re planning on buying this or if you already bought it and you’re as confused as I was, keep reading to find out how to use this gel exactly and what it’s meant for.

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  • Cruelty-free : yes

  • Price (use this link): 15.90$ (If you use my code: DEWILDE you can get up to 5% off on any yesstyle purchase at checkout)

  • Texture: Viscous like honey but not as sticky, and turns into a watery lumpy consistency when patted into skin

  • What you get: 60ml or 100ml

Ingredients: Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Polysorbate 80, PEG-150 Distearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate



INTERESTING INGREDIENTS:

Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract: [CONSTITUTES 90% OF THE ENTIRE FORMULA] Photoprotective ( Inhibits pathways that are usually activated by UVB irradiation on skin and usually lead to skin inflammation and photo-ageing. Fo rexample, it stimulated the collagen synthesis pathway that would have otherwise been inhibited by UVB ) +Anti-aging ( Promotes DNA repair pathways and elongation of shortened telomeres (shortening is strongly associated with aging)) + Wound Healing (Suppresses inflammation pathway and stimulates cell growth)

Jojoba oil: Rich in Vitamins A, D and E

*The other ingredients act as emulsifiers and texturizers.

INSTRUCTIONS:

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1.Take out adequate amount with the provided clean spatula

2.Apply small amount on cheeks, forehead, nose and chin

3.Gently press the texture and apply evenly

4.Softly tap and pat the texture until it is fully absorbed

*Do not spread the gel as it will leave you with lumps of it that don’t penetrate your skin (as shown on picture).


CONCERNING THE CLAIMS:

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The key title of each claim is a bit misleading, so I’ll address the small paragraphs instead.

  1. I don’t think the viscosity of the product has anything to do with the fact that your skin become softer after using it, you can use most moisturizing and hydrating creams and lotions out there and you’ll get the same result of softer skin, it just happens that the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel has this viscous texture and I’m guessing they are trying to capitalize on it since it’s not a common one. That being said, yes, the gel does leave your skin softer, but that’s more on the ingredients than the texture.

  2. The two active ingredients in this formulation are Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract which is rich in saponins, flavonoids, and polysaccharides, as well as (Jojoba) Seed Oil which is rich in vitamins A, D and E. These ingredients have scientific data that supports claims of them being moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. So yes, this is true. As for my personal experience, this gel did leave my skin plump and moisturized and even took care of the occasional skin flakiness in my mouth area that I had experienced in winter.

  3. Yes, it is perfectly adhesive, as are most moisturizers and night masks. What’s actually pleasant and noteworthy is that although the gel does take some time to dry down and is at first a bit sticky, it penetrates the skin and dries down to a very smooth and barely sticky finish.

  4. That’s true and can be checked on their website as well as the e-pamphlet that’s shown on reselling sites. However, the certification should be taken with a grain of salt, while it’s wonderful that it does not contain any artificial scent (doesn’t really smell like anything) or color (it’s clear), and it has a certification of no-stimulus, you might still get irritated by this product (but the chances are very low, in fact lower than most skincare products)


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I would not advise using this on areas of active acneic skin just because of the fact that a lot of the reviews mention that the gel clogged some of their pores around acneic areas or gave them whiteheads. And even though this is a gel, and gel consistencies usually work very well alongside oily skin, I would not recommend this to people with oily skin, just because of how intensely moisturizing the Pyunkang Yul Balancing Gel is. If you do have oily skin, you’re better off using something a bit less intense. Now, if you have dry skin, or if you live somewhere with a cold and dry environment, this is a great add to your routine but should not be something that replaces your other products. The gel is basically formulated to seal in everything else you’re using and boost their benefits, so if you’re looking for something to intensify what your skincare routine is already providing you with, this is the answer.


This isn’t a skin care basic product, it’s if you want to do more with your routine or you really need the extra moisture. Also, please note that if you don’t wait for your serums and toners and any other products you’re using to dry down, the gel will get mixed with them and become opaque.



PROS:

  1. Provides high level of moisture

  2. Seals in all products under it

  3. Simple formulation with ingredients that work

cons:

  1. Lids get cracked very easily if you buy the jar instead of the tube

  2. Texture can be annoying to distribute on skin and takes a while to be patted down into skin



Score: 3.0/5 --- Although it does a good job at what it’s supposed to do, I feel like this is too much of an effort to apply, and it’s not a product that I use all year long as the summers where I live are extremely humid. Also, I don’t really suffer from dry skin in general, so I don’t feel like I need to go to this far to ensure that my skin is moisturized.

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