Secret Key Lemon D-toc peeling gel review

Secret key lemon D toc peeling gel reviewSecond skincare post?  WAHHHH?  I just was on a roll last week when I was taking pictures :D.  I try to have one day dedicated to picture taking, and the rest of the week is just editing and adding my logo so I don’t get my pictures stolen for the third time in a row.  That would just make me a fool.  Let’s get started with what might be my holy grail peeling gel ヽ(〃・ω・)ノ.

What is a peeling gel?
A peeling gel is a gel that uses ingredients such as enzymes, acids or chemicals to remove dead skin and sometimes unclog pores.  They sometimes contain abrasive particles (ex: sugar, beads, nut shells, etc), and sometimes they use alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic, citric or lactic acids to aid in reducing cell adhesion to allow for dead skin to be removed easier.

I have dry skin that easily turns into flakey skin during the cold seasons and have tried many abrasive scrubs in the past to try and get rid of the flakey skin but nothing ever seem to work.  My first ever experience with a peeling gel was actually one from Laneige in their berry line which worked great but I actually didn’t even know it was a peeling gel.  I just remembered it smelled like pocky and was fun to see my “dead skin” rub off.  I got this peeling gel from Secret Key randomly in a Memebox last year and didn’t think much of it, until one day I picked it up and decided to try it.  From then on, I was converted.

Secret key lemon peelingFull name of product:
Secret key lemon D-toc peeling gel

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Rich in vitamin C and lemon as a main ingredient, this peeling gel gives a mild peeling, removing dead skin gently.

Contains lemon, hollyhock extract, aloe vera extract, witch hazel extract, centella asiatica extract, papaya fruit extract, Portulaca Oleracea extract, chamomile flower extract, rich extract, rice extract,  and broccoli extract.

9,900 Won ($8.64 USD)

Amount of product:
120 mL

Duration before expiration:
12 months (1 year)

Where to buy:

I can’t seem to find it :(, sorry.

Secret key reviewProduct packaging:
Product packaging is simple and straight forward.  It comes in a squeeze tube with a flappy lid and you just squeeze the peeling gel out.  As you can see, mine is all gross looking and I didn’t want to wash it to show you this product is well loved.  Doesn’t matter how many times I clean it, it gets sightly dirty after a while anyways.  ヽ(゜ω゜○)ノSecret key lemon D toc peeling gel

The texture of this peeling gel comes like a milky gel.  Not much to it, just looks like what it does in the picture.

I wonder what this peeling gel with the name “lemon” smells like LOL.  It smells just like lemon juice you buy in a bottle at the super market.  Smell-o-scale= 6/10

How to use:After you have cleanse your face, make sure to dry it by patting the towel on your face to soak up any water.  Excuse my left eye, I didn’t remember to use some make up remover after the cleansing oil and didn’t notice it until I went to edit the pictures haha. ¯\_(⊙︿⊙)_/¯

IMG_8441I’ve actually noticed this peeling gel works a lot better on dry skin then wet skin.  So make sure to dry it real nice.

IMG_8445Again excuse the volcano on my face, just keeping it real with no filter.

IMG_8446 I dab some on my cheeks, chin, nose, forehead and then start rubbing gently.

IMG_8447Rub rub rub…

Secret key peeling gelNo hard scrubbing required and you will see white eraser bit looking things start to appear.


IMG_8451Once you rubbed enough and doesn’t seem to have anymore dry skin to rub off anymore, stop.  This is what you should look like at that point.

IMG_8452I don’t know why it is so oddly satisfying to clean yourself.  Popping pimples, waxing and getting rid of dead skin are all so fun to me for some reason.  Is it just me?

IMG_8454Now all you have to do is rinse away all the particles and you have brand new skin again!

IMG_8455You can clearly see my skin glowing from getting rid of the dead skin, just look at that natural glow on my nose bridge! I still need to work on my skincare routine to get my skin fully glowing all over my face, but for now this will have to do since I’m too lazy to massage my face and everything.

IMG_8461So after rinsing is done, you can either do a mask or be lazy like me and just finish off with the rest of your skincare routine.  These are the products I have been using, and don’t be surprised because not everything is Korean.

Clinique All about eyes Rich
Laneige water bank serum
L’occitane Ultra rich face cream
The body shop vitamin E serum in oil
IMG_8463I should really do a review on The body shop serum in oil.  I LOVE that stuff and advise all dry skin type people to have a facial oil as a topper to finish off your moisturizing routine.  That will be another blog post, but let me know down below if you want me to do a review on it.


IMG_8466All set to go (/^▽^)/.

-easy to use
-does a good job with getting rid of dead skin

-have to purchase online

Already did!

Stars given out of 5:

I’m actually running out of this peeling gel and just bought another tube online, but it will for sure take about a month to get to me sadly.  I don’t think I can ever live without this product and will repurchase over and over again or until another product that works better than this at the same affordable price comes along.  I have about 7 other peeling gels on my washroom counter I have been going back and forth but still just come back to the Secret Key one.  The closest product I have that does that job sometimes is the Innisfree wine peeling jelly softener but even that one doesn’t remove all of my dead skin.  I almost never give out five stars but I believe this product truly deserves full marks and recommend everyone to get one for themselves and have nice glowy skin, especially those with dry skin!

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. 정시은

    Love this review ! I love your blog overall ! Can you please do a review on the Body Shop Serum ? I live in Korea and I wanna test some non-korean products also ~ Wanna know your opinion on it !
    Can wait for the next post ~ 🙂

    1. Christina

      Sure thing, that will be my on my to do list :). Stay tuned <3

  2. Julie

    Love this review and all the details with pictures 🙂

    1. Christina

      Thank you and hope you stay tuned 🙂

  3. Angel

    Have you tried the exfoliator by Cure? If yes, how dones this one compare to the other?

    You’ve got really beautiful clean and clear skin btw!

    1. Christina

      No I haven’t! I’m actually planning to find it when I go to Hong Kong! Do you know much it retails for in Japan? I don’t know why I can’t seem to find the official Japanese website. I’ve been meaning to compare the two as well but I can’t bring myself to pay for the price that is retailing online.

      And thank you! I’ve been blessed with skin that isn’t too temperamental :).

  4. Tessa Owens

    are you still using the bodyshop serum? 🙂 I remember you mentioning in a more recent post there was some serum that was freaking your skin out (vitamin C or E, not sure…), and that you were looking to move away from it. Just wanted to check before buying the bodyshop serum myself 🙂

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