Review: Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Duo (Overnight Mask & Gommage Peeling Mask)

If you have been following my instagram for awhile, I believe you must have picked up on the fact that I – One, love my AHA & BHA exfoliants, Two, love my peeling products, and Three, boldly proclaimed that I have to thank the Innisfree Green Barley Peeling product (specifically the Overnight Peeling Mask) to keep my complexion even and radiant. So it is after a pretty long period that I am finally getting to penning down the review proper for these Green Barley Peeling products today. I hope you enjoy reading these reviews as much as I have enjoyed using these products. Who knows, maybe after reading this, you might just want to get your hands on either one of these too!

First, a little info-visual from the brand:

Innisfree Green Barley Overnight Peeling Mask (info - kr)
Credit: Innisfree Korea website

According to the brand, Innisfree Green Barley Overnight Peeling Mask is/has:

  • A fast and self-peeling mask that work its magic when left overnight. Apply a thicker layer over troubled areas for targeted yet delicate care
  • Contains AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), namely Glycolic acid (AHA) and Salicylic acid (BHA) for skin turnover boost
  • Contains Green barley and other natural AHAs for effective dead skin cells management
  • Protein- and Cellulose-rich Green barley extract helps to retain moisture and hydrates the skin as the peeling agent works overnight
  • Overnight treatment: At night, after basic skin care, apply an adequate amount over the skin, avoiding the eye and lip area. The AHA and BHA in the mask will work to promote a healthy skin turnover, improve moisture retention, unclog pores, reduce inflammation and in a way, speed up the skin healing process. Other ingredients such as Glycerin and extracts of Barley seed, Rice, Tangerine peel, Orchid, Green tea, and Prickly pear, helps to keep the skin hydrated, supple and healthy.

 

Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask (info - kr)
Credit: Innisfree Korea website

According to the brand, Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask is/has:

  • A chemical (Green barley, Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid) and physical (botanical cellulose) peeling product in one that not only exfoliates the outermost surface layer, it also works beneath to boost healthy skin turnover
  • Contains AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) and BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), namely Glycolic acid (AHA) and Salicylic acid (BHA) for skin turnover boost
  • Contains Green barley and other natural AHAs for effective dead skin cells management
  • 3 mins treatment: Apply a thick layer evenly over the skin and leave it on for the chemical peeling to work (i.e. Green barley, Glycolic acid, and Salicylic acid). After 3 mins, gently massage the mask in a circular motion to allow the botanical cellulose to provide a physical exfoliation on the skin
Innisfree Green Barley Peeling line (info - kr)
Credit: Innisfree Korea website

The story of Innisfree’s Green barley:

  • The fermented Green barley extract from Jeju Gapado island consists of 3 kinds of AHA which provides outstanding dead skin cell care
  • The Green barley plant grows in the nutrients-rich soil native to the island of Jeju, thus nutrients from the Green barley is comparably more than that of the regular kind, specifically protein and cellulose.

Below is my experience with the Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Duo (Overnight Peeling Mask & Gommage Peeling Mask):

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First up, the Innisfree Green Barley Overnight Peeling Mask

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(Description and directions)
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(Ingredients recipe for the Overnight Peeling Mask)
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(Here i am swatching a dollop of the Overnight Peeling Mask on the back of my hand)
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(When spreaded, the mask feels lightweight like a regular moisturizer)
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(When absorbed, the skin stays moist and not sticky)

Next, the Innisfree Green Barley Gommage Peeling Mask

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(Description and directions)
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(Ingredients recipe for the Gommage Peeling Mask)
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(Here’s a dollop of the sloppy, grainy mask on the back of my hand)
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(When the mask is spreaded out a little. Like I said, it is sloppy and grainy)
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(When spreaded out more “evenly”, this is what you will see – clumps of cellulose)
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(3 mins later, you are to massage the mask in a circular motion to allow the cellulose to work its exfoliation magic)
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(Once rinsed away, a smoother, brighter skin awaits)
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(I didn’t take a pic of me wearing the sleeping mask because it is basically “transparent” but I did take a pic of me wearing the gommage peeling mask. Those white substances are the cellulose. This is pre-massaged by the way!)

Finally, the more important factor – the product’s pH level

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(According to this non-professional pH testing strip, the Overnight Peeling Mask sits at the range of 4~5, which is good because it is going to be left on the skin overnight and you do not want something too acidic or alkaline)
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(According to this non-professional pH testing strip, the Gommage Peeling Mask is in the range of 5~6, okay for something which you will be washing it away and not leaving on the skin)

Roaring view for [Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Duo – Overnight Peeling Mask & Gommage Peeling Mask]:

Product’s packaging : Long, jade green colored tube with a flip-open cap
Product’s texture : Overnight Peeling Mask: Gel-lotion
Gommage Peeling Mask: Grainy lotion-ish
Product’s scent : Both has the signature scent of the brand’s Green Barley line – light, calming, floral-ish
Price point : Overnight Peeling Mask: 14,000₩
Gommage Peeling Mask: 10,000₩
Purchased it from the brand’s outlet when I visited Seoul in October last year. For a complete list of Innisfree store locations, do click on the link here.

Also, did you know that you can now purchase Innisfree products via their international website? Click here to start shopping!

Try-out period : Twice a week for the Overnight Peeling Mask and once a week for the Gommage Peeling Mask; both for a period of 4 months since purchase
Personal take : Remember how i constantly emphasized and repeatedly mentioning how much I love my chemical exfoliants, my AHA and BHA, and peels? Well, I found the perfect at-home solution that checked all the boxes! Granted, these at-home chemical exfoliants would never give you the kind of astonishing results you’d normally achieve from the dermatologist clinics. But I feel that by including these into my skin care regime, it has helped maintain that glow, that smooth texture, that reduced occurrence of  breakouts, and more. The inclusion of both products definitely helped in the long run and even improved my skin condition in between my chemical peels in the derma clinics.Even though I have mildly sensitive skin, I find that I can use both products easily without any drawbacks. In fact, I find that the Overnight Peeling Mask is pretty hydrating even with the inclusion of Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid. In the duration of using the Overnight Peeling Mask, never have my skin ever once peeled (physically) nor dry patches surfacing. I can always depend on the mask to help condition my complexion the night before an event, and for me to look my best – cushion foundation applied or not. Bravo!

As for the Gommage Peeling Mask, I use it as a weekly physical exfoliator. It has the cellulose in it that you roll over the skin and feel it clumping up. As the cellulose began to clump together, so will the dirt and debris onto the cellulose themselves. Easy peasy! Similar to other peeling gels out there, once you rinse away the clumps, you will definitely see a clearer, cleaner and brighter complexion right away. That, I believe, is a given. What I also like to want to believe is that when the Gommage Peeling Mask is left on the skin for that recommended 3 mins, the AHA and BHA in the product will work its magic on and underneath the skin layer gently yet sufficiently (at least for an at-home use product).

So, you want to know how I achieved the glow on my skin? Well, now you do! I have been using the Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Duo for about 4/5 months now and I can say that it really does make a difference to my complexion. However, this is NO magical potion. You will still get the pimples every now and then from various causes, but from my experience of using the peeling duo, pimples does heal so much more quicker with most barely leaving any marks at all.

Will i recommend it? : YES! Absolutely! Get it if you see your local Innisfree stores carrying it, or your favorite online e-tailer if your Innisfree does not

To this, Buddy says:

Catisfaction-o-meter (5x Innisfree Green Barley Peeling Duo)

 

 

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8 Comments

    1. ryanraroar

      I had the same reaction as you did back when I first did a chemical peel in the derma’s office. However, the Innisfree ones are a lot a lot milder and gentler and did not break me out at all! I still like doing chemical peels but if I can’t do it in time, these Innisfree products help (though in a more baby steps way)

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  1. NYC_DogRescuer

    I’ve been wondering about this line; it doesn’t seem to be widely available or well-reviewed, yet I thought it was really intriguing, so thank you for writing this! Also, thank you for the ingredient lists; unfortunately, I see a ‘cone on top of the ingredient list in the sleeping pack, and my pores hate ‘cones. However, I think I will get the peeling gel – running out of the current one and have been wondering which one to buy next. 🙂

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    1. ryanraroar

      Ahhh! Am glad to be share a little more about the products. And yes, it is really strange that these duo are not that widely available even in their official retail boutiques! If you’ve managed to try the peeling gel, let me know what you think of it;)

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  2. Mieza Everdeen

    Hi Ryan 🙂 I’m wondering if you have any idea whether the Overnight Peeling mask is suitable to be worn if my skin is having some acne breakouts? I read on 1 blog review just now and the writer (lovethyred.com) said the gommage peeling mask should not be used if we have acne. So i’m now curious about its counterpart since the overnight mask has anti-acne properties. I hope you can give your insight on this matter, thank you ^_^

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    1. ryanraroar

      The whole idea about not using any scrubs is to prevent aggravating the already weakened skin condition (especially when one apply too much pimple creams which are too drying). Now, from reading your description, I would say that this overnight sleeping mask is okay to use when your acne is not infected nor having pus. Furthermore, as a sleeping mask, it contains moisturizing ingredients to help keep the skin hydrated without clogging.

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