DEAR DREAMERSSomeByMi recently gifted me a SomeByMi AHA BHA PHA Real Cica 92% Cool Calming Soothing Gel in exchange for my honest review. I’ve previously bought and reviewed SomeByMi’s Truecica Mineral 100 Suncream which I absolutely love. SomeByMi is one of my favorite Korean brands because their products work well with sensitive skin while soothing it.
FunctionsSoothes irritated skinGently exfoliates the skin from dead skin cells and impuritiesBoosts moisture
Key Ingredients92% Real Cica: Contains 4 types of Titrated Extract of Centella AsiaticaAHA, BHA & PHA: Refines skin texture and exfoliates3 layers of Hyaluronic Acid: Recharges moisture in three layers
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PPMCentella Asiatica 920,000 ppmSalicylic Acid (BHA) 10ppmLactobionic Acid (PHA) 10ppmCitric Acid (AHA) 10ppm
If you’re still confused about the differences between AHA, BHA and PHA, read my simple explanation of AHA, BHA & PHA and why you need to start adding them to your skincare routine.
SomeByMi AHA BHA PHA Real Cica 92% Cool Calming Soothing Gel is free from 20 worrisome ingredients, contains no artificial dyes and has no synthetic fragrance.
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Can be used on the face and bodySleeping Pack: apply a thick layer before going to sleepHydration Cream: can be used as a daily moisturizerCalming Pack: can be used to soothe irritated skin (from wearing masks and other external factors)Eye Mask: apply an ample amount on a cotton and put it on your eyeHair Pack: can hydrate the hairBody Gel: can be applied onto the whole body after taking a shower
CautionsDespite being able to soothe irritated skin, you should avoid applying it to areas where you have a scar, eczema or dermatitis.
Problematic areaMy nose is one of my most problematic areas, it’s prone to blackheads and clogged pores which is partly due to sweating a lot on top of me having to wear eyeglasses. It is also a lot rougher compared to my other areas especially if I don’t regularly exfoliate.
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ReviewI tried opting out of my usual chemical exfoliator and tried using the SomeByMi Soothing Gel regularly during mornings and nights. I did this to see how my skin would fare if I solely rely on the chemical exfoliators of the soothing gel. Compared to my chemical exfoliator, the soothing gel has a lower percentage of the chemical exfoliators (10ppm each). After a few days of religiously using the soothing gel, my nose feels a lot less rough, gone were the whiteheads.
Thoughts and impressionsIf you’re used to using aloe gels, you’ll find some similarities with this cica gel and some differences as well. Overall, the SomeByMi AHA BHA PHA Real Cica 92% Cool Calming Soothing Gel has a lot more functions. It is green in color and is darker than the aloe gel. I love the cooling effect it has on the skin. It feels light on the skin and leaves no sticky feeling. During mornings, I use only a small amount on my face but at night, I apply a more generous amount to prevent my skin from drying since it’s cold where I sleep at night.
– Green in color-Feels light on the skin-No sticky feeling-Cooling effect