Product Review: Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit

primary raw doyou milk peel

The large swab that was supposed to be soaked in lactic acid goodness? As dry as the petals in this photo. 😩


OK, I’ll admit. My Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit had been sitting in my mask stash for a good number of months before I finally got around to trying it. That may be why my experience with it was pretty much a fail.

The DoYou Milk Peeling Kit is a part of the aqua/milk peeling trend coming out of Korea. This one uses lactic acid in a large swab that you rub all over your face, and then apply a soothing mask afterwards to calm any skin irritation. The sheet mask contains ingredients like my favorite niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, swiftlet nest extract (whoa!), hydrolyzed collagen, and they’re all pretty high up in the ingredient list. (The swab also contains niacinamide and various botanical extracts.) Sounds great in concept, right?

But the reality, at least for me, was less inspiring. The large cotton swab that you’re supposed to swipe in the nooks and crannies of your nose to get some good exfoliation? It was totally dry. When I first took it out of its package, it was white with a little bit of yellow in the middle. And totally, completely dry. Is this the way it’s supposed to be, I thought.

Upon further research, I realized that it was not supposed to be dry. In fact, Uppiesbeads59 and  Mad About Beauty actually re-dip the swab over and over in their videos because there’s so much solution in the package, which was the opposite of my experience. There was absolutely no wetness in the packaging at all. Peeping Pomeranian noticed noticed that hers was dry, too, and alluded to others citing the same problem. People also mentioned tingling when they applied the swab. I felt absolutely nothing.

Exfoliation? Yeah, to the extent that rubbing a giant swab all over your face starts to make it feel a little raw. I guess I waited to long to try this. Tip: If you get this, use immediately.

The sheet mask itself was lovely. It’s a cupro or rayon type — my preferred sheet mask material — which means it really grips your face. The essence feels like a lotion/cream type, which I love. It’s the consistency you see in a lot of more luxe, high-end, I-can’t-afford-them sheet masks. But don’t exceed the 20 minutes because it did feel a bit dry at about 25 minutes. (This could also be because I waited too long to try it — other users found the mask dripping wet straight out of the package.) Though my face felt nice and damp when I took it off, it wasn’t as wet as I like my face to feel after a sheet masking session. The essence instantly absorbed after just a little bit of patting in. My following serums did feel a little tacky after this mask, but that stickiness dissipated as I get deeper into my skin care routine.

Would I try this again? I think if my experience (and others) is that the swab dried out over time, that’s not a good sign. Does the potency of the lactic acid also decrease as it sits on the store shelf? But if you get a fresh one, it seems to work pretty well, and I like the concept of being able to control your lactic acid, especially around the tricky nose area. And at $6 a pop, it’s not too much to risk if you do get a bad one.

So … maybe I’ll take another stab at it. I really do wanna see the lactic acid will do for my T-zone and nose area. But this time, I’ll get it at Sephora where I can return it if it turns up dry.

Have you tried this mask? I’m curious what your experience has been like.



2 thoughts on “Product Review: Primary Raw DoYou 2-Step Milk Peeling Kit

  1. sylvtrav says:

    I had a very similar experience, including the waiting too long to try it… I’m gonna give it one more go with a super-fresh package & withhold judgement ’til then 🙂


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