I Tried The Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Soothing Gel Lotion To See What The Hype Is All About

Does it really work as a one-step skincare routine?
PHOTO: Courtesy of Paulina Paras

When I first started hearing about aloe skincare products, I didn’t really pay much attention—I had just gotten over my obsession with exfoliating acids and was busy hoarding makeup. I barely batted an eyelash when my sister raved about aloe gels in tubs or when a friend shared how she slathers on the gel from an aloe plant when her skin feels rough. I hadn’t tried any aloe-infused products before, so when Cosmopolitan Philippines asked me to review the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion, I couldn’t say no! I was determined to find out if aloe vera in the form of a P199 gel lotion would be the answer to my skincare prayers, or if it was just another trendy product that was all hype. Read on to find out!

Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion Courtesy of Paulina Paras
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What is the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion?

A soothing gel lotion that moisturizes and refreshes skin from the intense heat of the sun. It’s formulated with Jeju fresh aloe vera, which apart from soothing sunburnt skin also claims to have antioxidant and hydrating benefits to address aging skin AND antimicrobial properties that help treat acne

What is the claim to fame of Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion?

I first found out about Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion when I saw Anne Clutz’s video, where she raved about it and called it a “one-step skincare routine.” She shared how the product helped smoothen out her skin's texture and made her complexion more supple. She even said that it came to the point when she preferred not to use foundation (a.k.a. my ultimate beauty dream!). I’m super lazy when it comes to skincare (which is why my routine is fairly minimalist), but if this gel lotion can give me glass skin with minimal effort, then it’s definitely worth a try!

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What are the ingredients of Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion?

Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside

Does the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion have a scent?

I really liked the way it smelled. It had a clean but with a hint of a floral scent which I would wear as an everyday fragrance. 

What is the texture of Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion?

The texture is what you expect a gel lotion to feel like: rich but lightweight. I wasn't expecting I could wear it during daytime because of its thick, luxurious creamy texture. I was pleasantly surprised when it dried down to a matte, primer-like finish which allowed me to wear it under my makeup.

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How much does the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion cost?

A 30ml tub of the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion costs P199.

Where can I buy the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion?

You can buy the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice at any Watsons branch or in their online store

THE REVIEW:

I have very oily skin. My pores are often clogged, and I get hormonal pimples on my chin. I usually have to blot off excess oil by noon.

My skincare routine:

Morning: Cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen

Evening: Cleansing balm, facial cleanser, AHA toner (every other night), moisturizer, eye cream

When needed: Clay and sheet masks, spot treatment, witch hazel toner (I usually apply this when my skin feels extra dry.)

Day 1

I stored the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion in the fridge as suggested in the packaging, so when I first applied it on my skin, it felt soooo good and refreshing! It was like my pores were getting tighter the longer I massaged the product into my skin. But, it also lightly stung the more sensitive parts of my face like the areas around my nose and near my lips. In Anne's video, she said it was normal for the skin to sting a little. I let it go and chalked it up to my skin getting used to the product.

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When I woke up the next morning, I felt that my skin was more hydrated than it usually was with my old routine. The pimple under my lips had also dried up a bit, so I assumed the product aided its healing process. 

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Day 5

If you asked me if I believed my skin was ~glassier~ than it was before I started using the Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion, I’d say yes! It looked more radiant. The downside was I noticed little bumps on my skin that weren’t there before. I think it helped with my big pimple, though, since it became flat and less red.

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Day 10

The porcelain-like sheen my skin had a few days prior was now gone—my face felt drier. Plus, my skin started to break out in areas where I usually don’t get pimples in, like my cheeks and jaw. My skin hasn’t been this bad in a while. 

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I also just saw a video of Camille Co with Dr. Vicki Belo, where the latter said to prioritize exfoliating to promote faster dead skin turnover. I thought of how having stopped using my AHA toner for this review may have contributed to why my skin is so bad now. With that, I decided to use my trusty toner to see if it would help improve my skin’s overall condition.

(Ed's note: Whenever trying a new skincare product, it is best to always still consider using your regular items in your routine. Simply substitute the recent addition to your old one to avoid neglecting your other specific skin concerns like breakouts, flaking, hydration, dark spots, etc.)

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Day 15

It’s the last day of my experiment, and checking my before-and-after photos have confirmed my suspicions: the Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion may have contributed to my breakouts. I know I get hormonal pimples on my chin a lot, but I rarely get spots as big as the one I have now. I also have a new pimple on my forehead, and I know it’s not because of my hair products because I haven’t changed my shampoo or conditioner recently. It also stopped stinging upon application after the first day of the experiment, but I noticed that the stinging came back and even intensified in the last few days. The good news though: My skin looked more glowing, overall.

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Overall results + rating

Out of a perfect five, I’d give the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion a three. I like how refreshed my skin felt upon application and how the product dried down to a matte finish, which is always a plus for girls with oily skin! The major downside, however, was how it made my skin break out, but it may also be because I stopped using my AHA toner, spot treatments, and other skincare essentials to test if the product really is a one-step skincare routine. I still believe the Fresh Skinlab Jeju Aloe Ice Aloe Soothing Gel Lotion can work as a good moisturizer or sleeping pack.

My skin might also still be getting used to the product—Anne Clutz waited two to three months before doing a review on her channel, so I might need to keep using this to see if it will improve my skin’s condition. 

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