Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling KitMaybe it was a bad idea to try another cotton swab-type AHA product only a week after being blown away by something made by a different company... I unintentionally benchmarked my experience and had high hopes for Primary Raw's DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit.
This two-step peeling kit includes an exfoliating swab and soothing sheet mask so you can explore the Korean dermatology trend of milk peeling—a gentle, lactic acid based exfoliating method to reveal brighter, more hydrated, and smoother skin. Use the oversized, AHA Milkpeel Swab pre-soaked with a blend of lactic acid and botanical extracts to gently peel away dead skin cells without irritation. Then apply the soothing soy-milk infused sheet mask, enriched with green tea and rosemary leaf, to help lock in moisture. After treatment, skin appears instantly brightened and rejuvenated.
Lactic and Glycolic Acids - gentle exfoliating acids to promote cellular turnover
Apple Fruit Water - Smooths the look of skin and regulates sebum production
Niacinamide - Brightens the skin and works to fade the appearance of dark spots over time
Fennel Seed Extract - Rich in antioxidants for skin healing
*This product is free of parabens, synthetic dyes, and mineral oils.
**This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.
***Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes.
Sweep cotton swab across cleansed face, focusing on forehead, cheeks, nose, and trouble prone areas. Gently pat in for 10 seconds.
Fit sheet mask to face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes.
After removing mask, pat excess essence into skin for maximum hydration.
Follow with a moisturizer.
Sephora: USD $6
Glow Recipe: USD $6
Without even opening the packaging, I can already tell that the cotton swab of Primary Raw's treatment is much shorter than A'Pieu's Aqua Peeling. It is also very obvious through the clear plastic that there is a ton of extra essence. I couldn't really gauge how much smaller it would be until I took it out and was ready to use it. Boy did the swab feel tiny! It is larger than an average cotton swab, but not by much. Since the stick is smaller, so is the actual cotton bud part, which ultimately meant it could only hold so much of the AHA Milk Peel serum. I think I was only able to swipe over a third of my face, at most, before I had to dip the stick back into the pouch for more of the exfoliating liquid. It was quite a hassle to have to re-dip, but there is enough essence to go over the entire face generously 3+ times if desired. I guess this is good for those who want to control how much AHA they use.
The sheet mask fit my face shape well. It wasn't overly large or small, just right and also drowning in essence.
The essences of each step have different smells. The sheet mask's scent is barely noticeable, or at least nothing too offensive for my nose. The cotton swab's scent is almost...sour milk-like. It is strong for the first 15-20 seconds of application and then dissipates.
Similar to the A'Pieu cotton swab, my face turned pink and tingly after using the cotton swab. This time, however, I also felt a very slight burn feel that went away quickly. After a little bit, my face felt like it had itchy spots and was still tacky to the touch.
Since there is a step 2 to the kit, I didn't pay much attention to the itchiness and slapped on the sheet mask. I removed it after 20 minutes and forgot to pat the remaining liquid in as suggested. But the essence seemed to sink into my skin on its own pretty quickly, maybe around 10-15 minutes? It still felt tacky to the touch but wasn't wet. My skin wasn't pink or itchy anymore after applying the mask.
My face felt soft the next morning. Yet it is difficult to say for sure it was because of either the swab or the mask or both. After washing with a cleanser though, my skin was still soft and less flaky but definitely not as soft, smooth, and flake-less as it was after I used the A'Pieu version. There were still stubborn patches of dry skin and flakes around my chin and the corners of my mouth. Up until this point, I was a little disappointed by the results.
The surprise came after I applied my makeup. I used the same finicky foundation I mentioned in the A'Pieu post. While the foundation did cling to the dry patches, the pores on my cheeks were looking less apparent. The foundation usually tends to not hide pores either, it just sits around it. I think the DoYou Milk Peeling Kit helped with it since I hadn't done anything else different in my routine. My pores weren't 100% smoothened, but it looked considerably less severe.
Glow Recipe and Sephora also says the treatment should help with fine lines, brightening, and whitening. I didn't really see any of those on myself nor would I have my hopes up for those to be immediate results anyways. If that was possible after one use then this would be some kind of miracle product.
Of all the things this product is suppose to help, I only had spectacular results for one: pores. Even that was only a 1-day only kind of result. The Milk Peeling Kit was nice while it lasted. I think I will look into getting things with the specific special ingredients this has rather than repurchase this particular item again. I am interested in seeing longer term results with full-sized products now that I have tried a couple single-use ones.