IASO is a prestige beauty brand that was designed to address your sophisticated and proactive skincare needs based on the research and expertise of leading dermatologists, with IASO promising to deliver a youthful glow and timeless beauty to the skin. I am new to the IASO skincare brand, but I found the brand’s concepts to be quite interesting, as their themes are taken from Greek Mythology and the word IASO itself is derived from the name of the Greek god of medicine Asclepius’ eldest daughter, meant to signify the twin concepts of medicine and treatment.
As an introduction to the IASO brand, I’ve been trialing the IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil $34 and the IASO White Peeling Gel $39 which work together for a quick yet effective cleansing and exfoliation routine.
I was really excited to try both of these products as I’ve tried quite a lot of Korean skincare products over the last two years, and I’ve always been really impressed by the quality but these IASO products are definitely the most luxurious Korean skincare products I’ve tried so far.
The IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil contains Moroccan Ghassoul Clay which was formed over 150 million years ago in the Jurassic period from lake deposits that were tempered by the volcanic activity. The clay contains a wealth of minerals that aid in moisturising, and is completely hypoallergenic and will absorb any excessive oil in the skin, as well as tightening the pores.
The Morocco Ghassoul Clay and Bamboo Charcoal eliminates excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells, whiteheads, blackheads and any dirt and impurities within the pores. The Cleansing Oil also contains Moringa Seed Oil which is a natural hypoallergenic cleansing ingredient which works to remove any makeup, as well as containing soothing blue chamomile and seven flower extracts to protect the most sensitive of skins.
The ingredients of the IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil are really impressive, and I love that it doesn’t contain any mineral oil, silicone oil, sulfates or artificial colours. The oil works in three steps; firstly to deeply cleanse the pores of any impurities and remove any makeup, then secondly to absorb and regulate excess oil and prevent sagging and lastly to increase firmness around the pores with rich collagen from marine sponge.
To use the oil, I simply dampen my skin and then dispense three to four pumps of oil into my hands and rub my hands together before massaging my face. Before using the oil, I prefer to remove my eye makeup with micellar water as my eyes are very sensitive but this oil works a treat at removing all of my face makeup and is easy to rinse off with a hot face cloth.
I really like that this oil removes my makeup quickly, and even though it’s very effective at makeup removal, it doesn’t leave my dry skin feeling depleted of moisture and uncomfortable. It’s definitely one of the most gentle cleansing oils I’ve tried, and it really does leave my skin feeling incredibly clean without compromising on comfort.
The IASO White Peeling Gel is a gel-based deep cleanser which contains Cellulose scrub, and claims to instantly improve your complexion by gently de-flaking and polishing the skin. It also promises to encourage rapid cell turnover to leave the skin looking newer, clearer and livelier. The gel is suitable for all skin types, and it contains a natural enzyme peeling complex to keep the skin moisturised during the exfoliation process.
The gel is quite thick, and it contains tiny yellow balls which are vitamin beads which pop against the skin whilst being rubbed into the skin, whilst the cellulose scrub gently exfoliates the skin. The gel contains botanical extracts such as rice to protect the skin, and papain, bromelain and vitamin E to deeply cleanse the pores.
I like to use the IASO White Peeling Gel once a week, and after cleansing whilst my face is still wet, I massage a £2 coin sized amount of the gel into my face paying particular attention to my drier areas on my cheeks and forehead and then rinse. IASO recommend using a moisturiser after using the gel as it can be quite drying, but I always apply a moisturiser post-cleanse anyway.
Due to the peeling gel nature of this product, when you massage the gel into the skin it does ball up little bits of dry skin which I always find quite fascinating to see albeit a little gross, to see so much dead skin being removed. The first time I used the gel there was a considerable amount of visible dry skin removed, but each further time, the amount has reduced so I know it’s definitely working.
I would have to say this White Peeling Gel is my favourite product from the two, as it’s the one I’ve seen a considerable improvement in my skin from using it. It’s such a quick and easy treatment, and I always see visible results from every use so it’s perfect for the times where you want your skin to look particularly good for special occasions or nights out.
I don’t find that the gel leaves my skin feeling uncomfortable or looking red which I imagine is down to the Vitamin E and rice extracts but it’s one of the best facial exfoliators I’ve tried and I love that it’s not at all abrasive for my sensitive skin.
I would love to know if you have you ever tried anything from IASO before?