Coreana is one of the more popular Korean brands eclipsed by the cosmetics giant AmorePacific (Laneige, AmorePacific, Sulwhasoo, Mamonde, Iope, Hera, etc.), at leastÂ internationally. A relative young company (20 years old), Coreana is a less recognizable brand than some other notable Korean brands such as Laneige, Sulwhasoo, Sooryehan, etc. There are times I feel that Amore brands are more hype than anything (with the exception of Sulwhasoo and AmorePacific), and brands like Charmzone and Coreana didn’t get the recognition that they deserve simply because their respective companies didn’t spend as much money on marketing outside Korea (or even inside) the way LG Debon and AmorePacific do (and can afford).
The entire Nokdu line comes with other cleansing products such as cleansing oil, cleansing lotion, pure pack and soap. It is also certified eco-safe – another words, an environmental friendly line that uses natural ingredients. The key ingredient is fermented and enzyme treated Phaseolus Radiatus Seed Extract and it has anti-aging benefits.
When I tried Coreana’s Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel, I was a bit skeptical because it was cheap – I bought it on Mother’s Day at a discount so it only cost me CAD$20 (regular price is about CAD$29 – same price as Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel). The Korean sales lady highly recommended it when I told her I was looking for a non abrasive exfoliant/scrub, and after trying it on the back of my hand, I was impressed enough to purchase it on the spot.
The list of ingredients was impressive for such an inexpensive product – main ingredient was not even water but arginine (amino acid), and includes ginkgo leaf extract, tourmaline, polysaccharides, etc. Similar to other peeling gels such as Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel, the Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel is a gel peel you massage on your skin after cleansing (on dry face), and after a minute or two, to be rinsed off. The gel forms a cellulose texture so that it rubs dead skin off your face without the use of beads or granules. For this particular gel (Nokdu Pure Peeling Gel), I was advised by the Korean sales lady to leave it on the skin for a miunte or two before massaging off the dead skin cells. I find that the peel works better this way as well.
I have been using this product once a week since Mother’s Day and forÂ 2 months now, and I can definitely feel an immediate difference after each use. My skin became extremely smooth and soft afterwards, moisturized, and very clean, without feeling any tightness or dryness. (I have dehydrated dry skin) I have used Laneige’s Strawberry Yogurt Peeling Gel beforeÂ and I feel that this Nokdu version is better, with better ingredients (more natural, less chemicalÂ fillers)Â and is much more hydrating.
After this pleasant surprise, I am now interested to try out the rest of the Nokdu products!