Should Your Next Peel Be an Aqua Peel?

Consider this your 411.

By now, you're probably well-versed in the likes of facial peels. But, are you familiar with K-beauty's answer to the popular treatment? The full scoop on aqua peels in this week's beauty dictionary.

The word: aqua peeling

Also known as: One of the latest Korean beauty treatments

What’s the deal: There are a few different forms of aqua peeling from derm treatments peeling gels to cotton swabs. The most distinctive one is the last one. And it’s also the one you can do at home along with aqua peeling gels and treatments.

Note that aqua peeling “swabs” are not the same thing as oversized cotton swabs. All aqua peeling treatments do far more than a basic Q-tip can. They’re pre-soaked with an exfoliating treatment to help remove dry skin. The swab-like applicator makes it easy to remove dead skin cells around hard-to-reach-areas like your nose.

Aqua peeling gels are the other treatment you can try out yourself at home. Although the average aqua peeling treatment might not look that different compared to your serums and gel moisturizers, it is when you apply it. When you apply a couple of drops to your skin and rub it around, the treatment “lifts” the dead skin cells and clumps them into balls. You can basically think of it like your skin is piling like an old sweater.

The result of any aqua peeling treatment is that the dry, flaky bits of skin are gone and you’re left with more even, radiant skin.

Shop It:

Indie: Reme+G 3-in-1 Aqua Peeling Kit ($6)

REME+G 3-in-1 Aqua Peeler Sheet Mask Kit

You’re not just getting one treatment, you’re getting three in this package. First, you use a pre-soaked, oversized Q-tip to remove dead skin. You follow that up with a brightening serum then a soothing mask. And here you thought spa treatments were good.


SaveMISSHA Super Aqua D-Tox Peeling Gel ($15)

Missha Super Aqua D-Tox Peeling Gel

K-beauty fans know that MISSHA is one of the best skincare brands around and this peeling gel is another product that hits it out of the park. Fruit acids gently slough away dead skin while green tea helps to relieve stressed skin.


Splurge: NATUREINE Aqua Peel Moisture Peeling Gel ($26.47)

Rub a bit of this peeling gel onto your face and you can wave goodbye to dead skin. Flaky bits seem to magically appear and word on the street is that the treatment also makes your skin less oily.


Have you tried an aqua peel? Which is your favorite? Share with us your go-to!