The most travel friendly exfoliating serum: A Prelab Toning Peeling Tap Review

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Portable Skincare. Travel friendly skincare. I used to be the type to only think about small soap bars and mini shampoos, but now I travel like movie star and clearly need to bring both physical and chemical exfoliants to keep my skin smooth and glowing. Though I don’t have any vacations or trips planned (they sort of spring up on me) this would be the protein digesting exfoliant I would bring because even though I happily make decants for my friends I really hate making decants for travel. I’d rather have something prepacked when it’s a cosmetic.

And before we begin, the usual info

My skin type

  • Dry Skin
  • Non- Sensitive (literally have not reacted to hundreds of products over the course of my lifetime)
  • Concerns
    • a few pronounced sebaceous filaments on the nose
    • The occasional pimple
    • inhibiting wrinkle formation
    • preventing cancer
    • not being chokchok enough

Where did I get this?

I was sent this free to review from 0.8l USA to review, think of it as the Influenster/Bzzagent/Crowdtap of Korea. I’ll link below the price and buying options I can find.

What it is supposed to do

This ultra-soft peeling tap is the first-step skincare product that takes care of dead skin cells without irritation, making skin moisturized and smooth. (from the packaging)

Essentially this is an exfoliating gel. The ingredients in it should help break down some skin and make it smooth and clear.

How do you use it

Squeeze the pouch to dispense the product into the foam/cotton pad. Then softly rub the pad all over your face.

The product itself is a thin gel, but since it’s meant to be an exfoliator you will want it close to your skin. I would recommend applying after toning and actives, but before any other essences/serums/ampoules/lotions/creams.

 What’s inside?

This is where I started to shift my view that this was an acid exfoliator and I’m going to say this is definitely an enzyme exfoliator. Still makes it a chemical exfoliator which is more gentle than physical exfoliation

From CosDNA

Ingredient Function Acne Irritant Safety
Water

‧Solvent
1
Methylpropanediol

‧Solvent
1
Glycerin

‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
0 0
2
Glycereth-26

‧Moisturizer
1
Dipropylene glycol

‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
1
Butylene Glycol

‧Solvent
‧Moisturizer
1 0
1
Bromelain

‧Exfoliator 0 0
1
~
3
Maltodextrin

1
Papain

‧Antistatic
‧Exfoliator
0 0-3
1
~
3
Sodium Metabisulfite

‧Preservative
4
Sodium Hyaluronate

‧Moisturizer 0 0
1
Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract

1
Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract

1
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

‧Moisturizer
‧Emollient
1
Betaine

‧Viscosity Control
‧Antistatic
‧Moisturizer
1
Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Extract

‧Fragrance
1
Lemon Fruit Extract

1
Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Extract

‧Emollient
Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract

1
Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract

‧Plant extract
Salix Alba Bark Extract

‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Astringent
1
Lactobacillus/
soybean Ferment Extract

1
Portulaca Oleracea Extract

1
Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract

Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract

‧Moisturizer
‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Astringent
1
Pyrus Malus Fruit Water

1
Tuber Magnatum Extract

1
Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane

‧Moisturizer
3
PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil

‧Surfactant
3
Allantoin

‧Anti-inflammatory
‧Anti-allergic
0 0
1
Carbomer

‧Viscosity Control 0 1
1
Tromethamine

‧pH Adjusters
2
Sodium Benzoate

‧Preservative
3
Citric Acid

‧pH Adjusters
2
Hydroxyethyl Urea

‧Moisturizer
1
Disodium EDTA

1
Ethylhexylglycerin

‧Moisturizer
1
Caprylyl Glycol

‧Moisturizer
‧Emollient
1
Pentylene Glycol

‧Moisturizer
1
1,2-Hexanediol

‧Solvent
1
Ethyl Hexanediol

‧Solvent
‧Fragrance
3
Phenoxyethanol

‧Preservative
4
Fragrance

‧Fragrance
1
~
4

 

So we have two enzyme exfoliants

  • Bromelain which comes from pineapples… and pineapple juice is what I use to tenderize tougher pieces of meat like Flank Steaks. Just grab a small can of pineapple juice and let the meat sit with it for a few hours and boom. Tender Beef.
  • Papain which comes from Papaya. This enzyme I see in a lot of peeling gels which is why I call them a kind of hybrid chemical and physical exfoliant.

There are also some fruit extracts present which have the ability to contain acids… but this is so gentle I don’t think they’re at a high concentration. Also the pH of this product, is around a 5 or 6 according to my handy dandy, good enough for human fluids test strips.

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This pH is alright for bromelain and papain to function but for the following enzymes “I think” are present based on the fruits, this is too high for them to function

  • Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract  – where you can get Salicylic Acid a BHA from
  • Pyrus Malus (apple) Fruit Water – where you can get Malic Acid an AHA
  • Lemon Fruit extract – you can get some additional Citric Acid an AHA
  • The Kiwi Fruit contains vitamin C… but also Actinidin which is an enzyme that can also be used to tenderize meats

How did I use it?

Brief review of @prelab_official peeling taps that @0.8l_usa sent me. I usually like to use acids for a month or two before having a strong opinion so please treat this as my first impressions since Ive only used 2. . . . 1. Packaging: cute and VERY secure. Im not afraid of these leaking since i need to basically fold and squeeze to get the acid out. 2. Ease of use: pop the pack and gently spread around. 3. Texture: isn’t sticky until you start layering other things on top, though I feel if you apply only to your face then it will likely feel tacky since you’re using a thicker layer. I used on face, neck and decolette, and then massaged with fingers since it was slow to absorb. 4. Efficacy. This seems like a lower % AHA since I used it twice without feeling like I overexfoliated. (Normally I use a strong AHA once a week) 5. Would I buy, maaaybe. Like if it was under 10 dollars since I feel like the packaging is nice for travel and in don’t notice a fishy scent? . . . #prelab #peelingtap #meetunni #koreacosmetic #Cleansing #08L #rasianbeauty #asianbeauty #koreanbeauty #koreanskincare #koreancosmetic #kbeauty #instablogging #instabeautyblogging #instablogger #instablogging #instabeautyblogging #beautyblogger #blogger #instabeauty #instaskincare #skincare #스킨케어 #코스매틱 #뷰티 #exfoliate #travel

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Naturally I thought this was an AHA serum since it felt like one. Not a strong one but a very low % one. And I kept up with it for a month straight. Using it once a week, then twice a week, then once a week and then twice a week again.

I didn’t look closely at the ingredients when I was using it early on, since I like to limit any bias that would come from me ‘thinking’ something is working as intended. I like to focus on the results I get naturally.

So now after looking at the ingredients and pH in depth, the smoothness I was getting from this serum was definitely from enzyme action. Which isn’t an issue or at least wasn’t for me.

I would use this after my vitamin C in the evenings and wait until it dried before proceeding with my next skincare steps.

I also found that using one Tap was too much for my face, I’d have to spread it to my neck and chest if I didn’t want to waste any. Luckily there’s only a thin circle of adhesive on the pad and you can remove the cotton and squeeze out half the pouch at a time. This way I can use one tap twice a week.

The other thing I noticed was that in keeping some of the taps, I had switched from my timeless brand vitamin C, to Deciem’s The Ordicnary vitamin C serum. What I found was that the timeless serum oxidized the cotton pads of the taps to that very familiar orangey color of oxidized LAA, but the deciem didn’t. I’m not sure what to think. I’ll look into it.

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Final thoughts

I liked these. I found them non-irritating to my skin and I feel like they are gentle enough for any skin type. That being said, if you are senstive to enzyme exfoliants you should NOT use this product. I found twice a week use to be better than once a week, but since I figured out I could get two uses out of one tap, I don’t feel as guilty about doing so. I also feel like I could use this after a weaker AHA to boost the exfoliating but I haven’t tried it yet.

Where can you get this

Well, memebox used to carry this for 20 dollars a tub. Which for 15 taps, is still over a dollar per tap. That’s pretty sassy when each tap only holds 1ml of product. You might want to watch for them to bring it back if you’re in the US and like memebox

If you’re also in the USA, then beauteque also carries this at 10.99 a box/jar, and if you search around you can see it on amazon and testerkorea too.

I wish I had some way to give you all a discount or something, but alas this is such a niche product.

Cheers




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