SMD Cosmetics Alogel Skin Perfecting Gel Review

SMD Cosmetics Alogel

I’m still obsessing over my summer skincare routine. I want soothing skincare of light layers, anti-oxidants and high SPF. To soothe my hot, grimy skin, I’ve added Alogel by Korean skincare brand, SMD Cosmetics/Saimdang.

What is this Alogel?

A. Alogel is a lightweight, gel with botanicals that you apply after cleansing/toning and before moisturizing.

What’s it for?

A. According to SMD Cosmetics, this gel helps to soothe and hydrate skin. It’s like a “booster” for your skincare routine to add extra moisture.

Scent, appearance, etc.: Alogel is a clear gel with a faint “clean floral” fragrance.

Alogel swatch


Quick reminder of my skin type: Dry, dehydrated but I still deal with things like adult (cystic) acne.

My experience with Alogel: I’m all about lightweight layers for my skincare routine. What I like about Alogel is that it is very lightweight. It doesn’t dry sticky or tacky. It layers wonderfully under my other emulsions, lotions, creams, oils, etc. It does feel cool and takes time to dry. You can speed up the drying by gently massaging it in and doing a face massage. This is what I do. My skin in the summer gets so overheated and fussy. Alogel has helped to soothe skin. As far as the other long-term claims, I don’t know. I haven’t been using it long enough to notice any brightening (from licorice and white mulberry). BUT, it does add a weightless moisture “boost” to my routine.

Other Korean skincare brands offer aloe-based gels and if you read skincare blogs, you’ll see these sort of things pop up in people’s summer routines. I prefer SMD Cosmetics over some of the less expensive brands. Why? I don’t like the jar packaging of those (like TonyMoly Aloe Gel, Nature Republic Soothing Gel). I also like that this one has some additional brightening ingredients (and no citrus extracts!).


Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Morus Alba Bark Extract (white mulberry), Carbomer, Tromethamine, Perilla Ocymoides Leaf Extract (beefsteak plant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract (baikal skullcap), Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract (tree peony), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Propolis Extract.

Overall, it’s not a necessary skincare item (unlike a good cleanser and SPF). But, I like it added to my nightly summer routine. It layers so nicely and it feels so good. I recommend it for those with oily to normal skin types looking to add something that feels soothing and weightless to their usual skincare routine.

Alogel retails for $30 at SMD Cosmetics. 

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4 thoughts on “SMD Cosmetics Alogel Skin Perfecting Gel Review

  1. Man oh man, when the seasons changed from winter to spring this year my face went completely nuts. Aloe was one of the few things that helped and continues to help calm the chaos. I’ve been snipping bits off of my two monster plants, but I may have to try this if I start to feel guilty about it. lol.

    1. Same here! My skin went bonkers with the season change. I did steal a lot of aloe from my small plant (which is oddly growing back quickly right now). This stuff does give that plant a break though 🙂 It was looking really sparse in the spring.

      1. Nothing odd, it just means your plant’s happy! 🙂 Aloe’s thrive in full sun. I have mine sitting in a south-west facing window and they’re growing like a weed.

        1. I guess I didn’t realize how *little* light we were getting in all those months. I don’t remember it taking off like this last year, but I guess now everything’s just right!

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