A Peel Gel — What the Hell Is It and Do You Need It?

Boscia Peel Gel-- what the hell is it and do you need it?
Boscia Peel Gel-- what the hell is it and do you need it?

You know that moment. It happens to the best of us.

“I’m just looking” you say to yourself as you type the letters spelling out Sephora.com into your browser.

“I’m just browsing. A quick peruse” you whisper to yourself because you know you do not need to be spending more money.

Well, sometimes (or a lot of times. I’m not judging) that quick browse turns into a buy. That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw the words “peel gel.” My ears (technically my eyes) perked up, and the next thing I know, I’m on the checkout page clicking the giant Place Order button.

Boscia Peel Gel-- what the hell is it and do you need it?

Boscia Peel Gel– what the hell is it and do you need it?

A Peel Gel — What the Hell Is It and Do You Need It?

It turns out there are a few peel gels on the market, but I decided to try out the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel since I really like their gel cleanser, and wanted to try more from their line.

This peel gel is essentially a gel consistency liquid that you apply to dry skin. I repeat, apply to dry skin. The molecules in it are supposed to bond together and cling on to old, dead skin cells, sloughing them off while giving your skin a gentle physical exfoliation, and a chemical exfoliation since it contains alpha hydroxy acids. This also contains pomegranate enzymes, an antioxidant, so it’s supposed to visibly firm, brighten, soften, and smooth the skin over time. You know both of those ingredients are good for the skin and some of my favorite so I had to try this out.

… so is it gimmicky marketing or does it actually work?

I personally feel like the bonding together of molecules and dead skin cells is a little gimmicky. Perhaps that’s my skeptic personality speaking. The gel is supposed to ball up on its own and then bond to the dead skin cells. And the way you know it’s sloughing off the dead skin cells along with it is if the color of the gel balls turns more grey– that’s your dead skin. Appetizing, isn’t it? The first time I used this it actually really grossed me out when it started to ball up. But, I didn’t notice any greying in the color. So, my test subject number 2 (aka my sister) was forced to use it as well. Again, we didn’t notice the gel balls turning a slight grey color either. Perhaps we just don’t have any dead skin cells on our face– huzzah! No, I’m sure we do, but we both feel like this was slightly gimmicky when it comes to the balling up of the gel.

… so, why do you still like it, Nida?

Because it still leaves my skin looking and feeling brighter, smoother, and more clear. I use this once a week as a skin refresher, and my skin is instantly brighter and feels so smooth, but never tight. And I think that has a lot to do with the AHAs, antioxidants, and oils in this guy. My test subject number 2 also liked this as well even though she felt it was slightly gimmicky. Personally, I would use this even if it didn’t ball up on itself because I think the AHAs and antioxidants do a well enough job of chemically exfoliating and supplying good anti-aging ingredients to the skin.

… so do I need it?

I say yes! All in all, this is a really good pick me up for your skin, and it’s not super expensive– hooray! If you want something that refreshes, nourishes, chemically exfoliates, brightens, smoothes, and clears your skin then I say give this a try. It’s not something I would use every day, but it’s something I love to use when I want to give my skin a boost while giving my face a little massage.

Boscia Peel Gel review

Boscia Peel Gel

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  • I feel like I could have written this post as I often find skincare products gimmicky and efficient at the same! One thing is certain: I really want to try some Boscia skincare bits!


    • Haha I’m glad we’re in the same boat :). I hope you give it a try!

  • I love Boscia products and I’ve actually added this to my cart multiple times without actually purchasing it. Great to see a review on it!


  • This sounds like an interesting product to try out! I have a face peel from the Body Lotion that I can feel removing the top layer of my skin which is great when I need a thorough exfoliation.

    Abigail Alice 💕

  • I always assumed peel gels were gimmicky because the one I tried (from tonymoly) did absolutely nothing. It was fun to use but I didn’t get any results. I believe I have a mini of this from a sephora favorites set or a gwp so now I’m excited to try it out!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • I hope you like it! I was thinking it was going to be gimmicky too, but it was a nice surprise!

  • I’ll keep this on my list for next time I make a Sephora order! xx


  • Kayla

    My mom has this and loves it, I bought it for her as a gift and I have a similar one to this from Peter Thomas Roth which I love!

    Sheer Beauty Blog

    • I was debating between this one or the PTR one! I’m glad you (and your mom) love it :)

  • Ah I love peeling gels, they really leave the skin baby bottom soft without any harshness or irritation! My favorite so far is the Cure Natural Aqua Gel, and I actually don’t notice the balls turning grey either, but I do notice significantly less balls when I exfoliate a second time!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  • I’ve never tried a peel gel! It sounds gimmicky, but if it works, I’m all for it! I’ll have to try to get my hands on a sample of this guy.

    Jenn │ Beauty by Jellybean

  • I used one by THEFACESHOP in the past and while many claimed it’s gimmicky, I can attest that my skin freaking love it! Definitely need to pick this one up, I love everything from Boscia so far.

  • Never heard of anything like this before! I’d love to give it a go. xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

  • I would definetly try this. I’m not sure if we have this particular brand in the UK though? x

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • I hope you can get your hands on it! I think it’s only sold at Sephora or their website in the states so I’m not sure if it’s available in the UK.

  • Does it actually peel? :) I have one face mask from Vichy which is a peeling mask that doesn’t peel but you have to wash it off :) This one sounds different tho, I wish Boscia products were more available in Europe :( x

    Ela BellaWorld

    • This one is a peeling gel so it doesn’t peel like a mask would (or should lol). Instead, the peel gel is supposed to ball up into little clusters and stick onto dead skin cells to exfoliate them away. It does clump up into little balls so I think this one does do the peeling part it claims it does, but I couldn’t tell if it really stuck to the dead skin cells.

  • I love peeling gels! I was using one from this Korean brand called Atomy, but ran out of it a long long while ago. It worked so well and there was sooooo many dead skin cells coming off – it was kinda bleh but it was nice to see it worked. I want to give this one a go soon!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Bernadette

    I definitely need to go on this gel peel wagon. I need to try them out as well as the body shop peels. As long as they make my skin feel like smooth and clean. Great post as always Nida. x


  • I love Boscia and will make sure to grab this product next time I am in New York! I believe in peels actually, although I am a relatively new convert. I use AHA serum (overnight) once a month and it makes such a difference! I don’t feel like I need to exfoliate as much xx Thanks for sharing this fab review Nida!

    Naya // http://www.partyparrotblog.com

    • This is my first peel gel and I love it! AHAs seriously make such a difference. I hope you give a go :). Thanks for reading, babe!!