Where have you been all my life? A Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel Review

I’m going to begin this review with what some may consider a bold statement, but I truly feel it down to my core – this may just be the best skincare product I have ever used.

Soon after embarking on my voyage of beauty discovery, I realized I needed a peeling cream in my life. These creams exfoliate the skin, removing dead cells, revealing a smoother, brighter skin beneath, and evening out skin tone. Most of my previous exfoliation experience has been with abrasive cleansers. St. Ives Apricot Scrub, anyone? While I can’t dog what has been a cult favorite, I realized that a chemical exfoliant may be kinder to my skin. I’ve spent the majority of my life being pretty rough with it; my worst offense happening on those many days and nights that I didn’t pay it any mind at all. Looking back on that, I feel my skin truly deserves the daily pampering it’s now getting. Ah, the folly of youth.

My search for a peeling cream began a couple of months ago and I quickly stumbled onto what is an adorable and popular option – the TonyMoly Appletox Peeling Cream.


The green is Appletox Peeling Cream & the red is Appletox Honey Cream

The cutest, right? The cream also smells strongly of, as you might guess, apples. While I was waiting for this little gem to ship, I stumbled onto an Instagram post from the lovely Kelsey of All These Lotions and Potions (yes, more blogger PDA may be forthcoming. I can’t help myself!). She had just hauled the Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel and was singing its praises. Soon after, Christine of MMnoob joined the conversation and my resistance faltered. So before I even had the Appletox in my possession, I had the D-Toc on order. I knew these beauty gurus couldn’t steer me wrong and I was not disappointed!

The Appletox arrived shortly after and it was… fine. The packaging was to-die-for, the scent was lovely, and the peeling efficacy was acceptable. Had this been all I knew of peeling creams, I may have lived out the rest of my life in blissful ignorance. But then D-Toc came into my life, and nothing was ever the same. I had high hopes, but certainly not expectations, so when my skin began peeling before I had even finished applying the product, an audible “wow” had escaped my lips. This product took off in seconds what seemed to me like a lifetime of skin gone by. I’m just going to get gross for a moment here, so fair warning –  I literally had to stand over my sink when I did this because dead skin was just falling off my face in clumps. It sounds pretty hardcore, but it felt like nothing! This is one of the most gentle products I have ever used, and I would even venture to say, more so than the Appletox. The latter came with a very slight stinging sensation for maybe a fifth of the payoff. The D-Toc was SHOCKINGLY effective. I’ve just never had a skincare product deliver to this degree and so immediately. And then came the afterglow. It’s like I had a brand new face. My skin was smooth, radiant, and even-toned. Blemish scars and discoloration that I’ve accepted to be a permanent fixture were visibly reduced. I LOVE THIS GEL!! I want to shout it from the rooftops. Nothing has made such a difference in my skin as this unassuming little tube.

I promptly ran to tell my husband that despite his continued refusal to try any of the Korean beauty products I try to spritz in his direction,  this… THIS he needed to experience. About a week later, he actually came asking for it and I was legitimately giddy. Why is it so exciting to indoctrinate people into this addiction? I wanted to record this moment for posterity! That, he refused, but he obligingly applied the D-Toc and soon after began a repetitive dialogue, alternating between of “gross” and “this is awesome”. When he was done and I got in my “I told you!” 😉 he noted that he will now “have the skin of a beautiful, k-pop girl” haha. The amazingly unfair thing is, I think he’s more apt to get there than I am! The man is blessed with gorgeous skin he doesn’t have to put any work into. I told him not to get any ideas about moving in on my dressing area inner sanctum, but I quite enjoyed sharing 🙂

Please do yourselves (and maybe your loved ones) a favor and try this product that has garnered instant holy grail status in my regimen and in my heart.

Currently, it can be found for $12.48 on Amazon with Prime shipping (!) and $9.99 on eBay, both with free shipping from very reputable and trustworthy sellers in SK.

Please also head over to read Kelsey’s fantastic review of the D-Toc!



23 thoughts on “Where have you been all my life? A Secret Key Lemon D-Toc Peeling Gel Review

  1. Alright, I’ll chill out and try to leave a professional, sophisticated response …
    …ok so sophistication out the window.
    Girl, I told you. You had my same reaction – it’s so effective it is mind boggling yet so freaking gentle it is UNBELIEVABLE. Lemon d Toc totally changed how I saw “exfoliating” and its completely rid me of harsh means of doing so. After years of scrubbing my face or using St Ives (oh yes) I’ve finally been given a key to something that outperforms everything with minimal effort and zero pain or repercussion – hands down? It’s a life saver. A skin saver. A soul rejuvenator. A miracle product, and you said it all so well!
    Fantastic review! And thanks for the honourable mention AGAIN, you blogging saint, you.
    I am by no means a beauty guru, darling, I’m just a girl, standing in front of another girl, asking her to peel with me.
    Thanks for the support ❤
    Great flipping review. I love to learn, and laugh, and fall in love, all inside of a single post! Congratulations!

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    • Haha I will peel with you. I will peel with you forever! ❤
      I'm so grateful for your support and you ARE a guru in my eyes. We're all on this beauty journey together and I feel all the better (and safer) for it. I mean, I wouldn't have even known about this peel of the gods if it was't for you! xo


  2. The only peeling gel I’ve tried is the Swanicoco snail gel and my skin really loves it. Your review has got me convinced that I NEED this lemon dtoc gel. Going to get this asap.

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  3. I too have read so many rave reviews of this product and it is somewhere en route from Korea to my home in Australia, at the moment. I can’t wait to try it. However, with all the proliferation of peeling gels around, someone suggested to me that all the ‘dead skin’ is just the product itself, cleverly balling up and falling all over the sink, making us think we’re sheddng bucketloads of old skin and revealing magic new skin underneath whereas all we’ve shed is the product itself – what do you think? Could it really all be dead old skin. Please tell me yes.


    • I am so pleased that I could give you a resounding YES, it’s definitely your dead skin that’s shedding. Firstly, people have actually done some ‘field tests’ where they’ve swirled the product on something like a plate and it remained in it’s gel state. So it doesn’t just clump up on its own. But the most telling evidence can be seen on your face afterwards. You can absolutely tell that layers of dullness and discoloration have essentially been washed away. I’m glad you’re going to be trying this product yourself and would love to get your feedback once you do!


    • You absolutely should! It’s made such a difference. I feel like everything else I use in my skincare routine is so much more effective now that it doesn’t have to contend with a barrier. Thanks for reading!


    • Not at all. It pretty much falls right off and then the residue is very easy to wash off with a little water. I hope you decide to try it. Everyone I’ve convinced to do so has really loved it. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading 🙂


  4. $10.69 seems highly reasonable for a product that will convert even the greatest skincare skeptics, lol. I’m generally sort of unenthusiastic about this type of peel but now you’ve got me very curious! #kbeautybloghop


  5. Living in Asia where our drugstore shelves are full of such peeling gels I read your review with a smile. I haven’t tried this particular gel, but I’m sure it’s great.
    Oh, and my husband also loves skincare. But he’s Asian, so it didn’t take that long to convince him that he should exfoliate and moisturize 🙂
    Have a great Sunday!


    • I’m envious of your access! I know there are tons of variations on this theme, but this particular one has been just fantastic for me.
      My husband is one of those lucky people that can get away with a very minimal skincare routine and have perfect skin. He has his Aveeno cleanser and that’s about it. So I honestly don’t blame him for not wanting to mess with that. But it was a fun thing for us to do together anyway 🙂
      Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week!


  6. Hi, I find your review very empowering… 😀
    I really really need exfoliation since I just got off from a volleyball game under the sun., and it tanned my face and arms so bad,. T_T …I am scared to try any exfoliating product because I witnessed my mom her super nasty experience… but with your review, I felt excitement and I really wanna try it. I just have one question tho… After using it, what moisturizing product do you recommend? I currently use Olay… is it okay? thanks!
    More Power!!!

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    • Yay! It is pretty empowering to get control over your skin 🙂 What was your mom’s experience? What did she use? I think you’ll find that this product is quite gentle and effective. I’m also a big proponent of BHAs, if you have any clogging or ‘texture’ issues. Paula’s Choice products are my favorite for that. As far as a moisturizer, I think Olay would be just fine. I really like a serum of cream with hyaluronic acid after I exfoliate, but that’s not a necessity by any means.
      Thanks for reading and I hope this works out for you!


      • Thanks for the reply Ellinka, 🙂 My mom’s face got portions of light burns… and immediately a day after the burn portion became dark… looks so aweful, she have a few portions on her cheebones and some right below her eyebags, and nose lines! it was a total disaster… She used Alcina shower peel gel. >.<


  7. Hi, i’m asian lived in Indonesia. I just finish exfoliating my dead skin cell over my face with this DTox. It’s awesome, really amazed with it.
    I also used it for hubby’s face & the clogs were yacky, especially at his nose which is full of comedo. The dead skin fell off much more when i’m massage his nose side.
    Overall i’m really happy, it’s worth to buy products.

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