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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin

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Hello gorgeous peeps, TGIF. Which basically calls for unwinding and major skin TLC 🙂 

One of the products I’ve been consistently using for the past 2 months, twice a week is Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel for sensitive skin. Packaged in a simple glass jar with a white lid, nothing fancy or pretentious. Texture of mush baby food and smell is funky (some may call that ‘natural’). I apply with my Wei Mask Brush with a very light hand all over my face. Then I walk away emptying the dishwasher, and loading the washing machine. Theoretically, I should keep it on as per the time limit prescribed on the box. However I’ve always been rebellious and wanna do it my way. So I let it dry until it doesn’t feel sticky on my skin. Extremely important point to note here is Everyone’s degree of skin sensitivity is different.

Juice Beauty Claims: This patented organic fruit acid complex with raw cane sugar exfoliates to reduce breakouts, discolorations and fine lines. Heals while hydrating with rejuvenating algae, vitamins and antioxidants for a smooth, glowing complexion. Powerful action without parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroluem, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.

What it did for me? It helped me with scarring, pigmentation, congestion under my skin and overall luminosity. Aided better absorption of evening skincare products such as serum and moisturizer. Over a period of time, it has certainly aided thorough exfoliation of skin. If you’ve been reader of this blog you may know my feelings for abrasive exfoliators.

Ingredients: Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice (Malic), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice (Citric) & Vitis Vinifera (White Grape) Juice (Tartaric), Organic Saccharum Officinarum (Glycolic Acid), Organic Milk Peptides (Lactic Acid), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Algae Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Phospholipids, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Azulene.

There are some potential irritants here, which very sensitive skins may not appreciate. I would highly recommend you get a sample before you purchase the full jar and patch test to ensure your skin is ok with this composition. Due to varying degrees of skin sensitivity, this product can be hit and miss.

Thankfully a little goes a long way and lasts a while. With 2 months of consistent use, I’ve only used quarter of the jar. Some may find the price a tad steep so there are cheaper alternatives to at home peel products on the market. One such is Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel (review and comparison coming soon).

Have you tried any other peels at home? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday and Have an Awesome Weekend.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel – Sensitive Skin – $39

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What’s the CATCH?

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Being an ardent follower of Lisa Eldridge recently I read her post about The Beauty Pioneer – Helena Rubinstein (if you haven’t already read it, you must!) with great curiosity. The story of Helena Rubinstein’s above par business sense, innovation, path and astute skills in production and marketing of beauty products is undoubtedly commendable. However it made me ponder if women, especially in this day and age with unlimited access to internet (Review on blogs, Makeupalley, customers leaving reviews on Sephora, Ulta, SpaceNk, Paula’s Choice etc), are still gullible to fancy packaging and upmarket sell?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m woman and I’m attracted to beautiful packaging as any other lady walking down the street, but the million dollar question is would you fork out more of your hard earned money for the fancy packaging and upsell? Deep down in our hearts we may be doubting if the product would deliver its claims. Would our wandering enthusiastic minds be willing to surpass the fact that ingredients in the beautifully packaged product would do our skin more harm than good or nothing at all!?

On the other hand, one may also argue fancy packaging is not the tipping point of a purchase! Lately big brand companies (such as Jurlique, Aesop, Dermalogica, Chanel etc) are introducing products with simpler packaging but smarter marketing. Are we falling for that now? Does that translate to a classier upmarket product or does that interpret as fuss free, simple and to the point packaging? Or are they simply saving moolah on packaging and yet charging us an arm and leg for their products? I would question….why….is it because the ingredients are ultra special?

In case of Helena’s Crème de Valaze it was a upsell of basic Lanolin with some enchanting aromas, and selling at an exorbitant price justified with twisted sense of female psychology.  For decades we have seen some products being marketed on basis of their star ingredients. Marketers include hi – fi ingredient speak which an average consumer can barely pronounce leave alone understand its benefits! For example: Niacinimade (sigh such a tongue twister). In some instances, if we really have the time and attention to detail we may notice that the star ingredient is far behind on the ingredient listing. Which may indicate it’s not as potent as they claim the product to be! But they would still like us to shell out top dollar. On what basis are they demanding more money….can product honestly deliver its claims?

Women are known to be most self-critical creatures, which may lead to some insecurity about themselves and their appearance. In saying so, women are also the most hopeful species existent on planet Earth, why else would we resort to products with excellent marketing and PR to make us believe the product would be best suited to our relevant skin concerns. Are they deceiving our innocent hopeful minds? 

We have all been victims to emerging trend of celebrity endorsements. Sigh the bloggers and You Tubers are required to disclose if the products are PR samples or purchased with their own money, why don’t we question the celebrities? They are getting paid hundreds and thousands of dollars to endorse a product. We have no way of tracking if they are actually using what they endorse, god alone knows what goes on behind their closed vanity doors.

The beauty industry is mega billion dollar industry; generations of entrepreneurs and big brands have made gazillions of dollars on what principle? What is that buzz mantra that keeps it all moving, are they really listening to consumers or are they manipulating consumers to their speak! Nevertheless we are all mesmerized by it everyday, falling for different marketing jargons, some people (like myself) write about it…but as they say ‘the show must go on’.

Thanks for taking time to read and wandering with me in my thoughts.

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