chemical exfoliation

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel

P1010033Recently I reviewed Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Sensitve and mentioned Andalou Naturals in that post. This product has similar function as that of Green Apple Peel, except this is an enzyme based product.

Andalou Naturals claims: For Active & Oily Skin (FYI – I’m combination)
Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science renews skin at the cellular level, blending nature and knowledge for visible Clarifying results.  Grapefruit Kombucha, pineapple, and papaya enzymes loosen and exfoliate dull, dry surface cells, unclogging pores and stimulating circulation for improved clarity, tone, and texture. Fruit Stem Cell Complex and Vitamin C boost healthy cell renewal for a clear, refreshed complexion. 

Kombucha Peel is lot milder, gentler and doesn’t tingle my skin. It does have a pleasant smell but may irritate some with fragrance sensitivity. Since my purchase they have changed their packaging. I have the tube pictured above. I apply this peel generously after cleansing my skin. Let it dry, walk away, get some chores done, and then come back. I take some steam on my face and very gently massage the peel and steam on my face loosening the stubborn dead cells and instigating some circulation. My skin feels a lot smoother, brighter, and clearer. Does it help with any pigmentation and scars….ermmm not really. But its a fabulous exfoliator.

Ingredient wise: Aloe Barbadensis and Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Juices*, Saccharomyces Xylinum (Kombucha) Black Tea Ferment , Pectin, Vegetable Glycerin, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Papain, Bromelain, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestsica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Lauric Acid, Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract*, Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extracts*†, Arginine, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) and Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oils*

Non-GMO verified    *Organic    † Fair Trade

To me, these look great but may irritate some with very sensitive skins. Definitely patch test before using.

There are many enzyme peels in the market and I would like to try something stronger. Have you tried any other peels? Please let me know in comments below.

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel – $14.95

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My Thoughts: Bioderma White Objective Serum

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Browsing through the aisles of Pharmacia in Madrid, I purchased this serum on a whim. Quickly glanced at the ingredients and thought let’s try it. It sure has some pretty effective ingredients for brightening and exfoliating the skin.

The packaging was interesting, with 30ml bottle accompanied with a vial of Vitamin C powder. You need to empty the powder in 30ml bottle (travel friendly) and give it a good shake ensuring all ingredients have nicely incorporated.

I used this every night after toning and experienced slight tingling sensation (sensitive skins might not enjoy it) that dint last long. I noticed that the glycolic acid helped my skin when I was experiencing breakout. Next morning my skin felt brighter and spots shrinking . It certainly did wonders to my older acne scars, some pigmentation and dull areas. This serum doesn’t have any smell to it but over a period of time I noticed the color of serum changed not impacting its efficacy. I’m assuming it’s due to vitamin c which is not the most stable ingredients.

As with any glycolic acid and vitamin c product, I ensured I had adequate sun protection at all times.  My only gripe with this product would be I wish it had slightly lower alcohol content. Whilst I fully understand that alcohol is needed to stabilize glycolic acid, it’s just tad strong. In saying so, I would definitely buy it again!

Ingredients:

WATER (AQUA), ALCOHOL DENAT., GLYCOLIC ACID (Yay), SODIUM HY- DROXIDE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE (Yay), BUTYLENE GLYCOL, NIACINAMIDE (Yay), LYSINE AZELATE, ANDROGRAPHIS PANICULATA LEAF EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT (Yay), HEXAPEP-TIDE-2, RHAMNOSE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, AMMONIUM ACRYLOYL DIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM METABISULFITE.

$45 – Bioderma White Objective Serum

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