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I remember when hearing that someone was "getting a peel" meant that they were going to a dermatologist or aesthetician, or maybe a fancy spa. I'd never had a peel done before, so when I got the opportunity to try [Re]fresh Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel, I was pretty excited for a trip to my home "spa"!
I had no idea what to expect when ordering this peel, so I was happy to see that the peel was in some familiar packaging! To apply the peel, I used the dropper to drop one drop at a time on a brush I use for face masques. It's a little runny, so one drop at a time was enough - and you don't need many drops to cover your face. It's thin, and spreads easily.
So, how does a chemical peel work? According to [Re]fresh, outer layers of our skin can show premature aging because of environmental damage. The Acids help to separate the outer layers of the skin - the most damaged ones - so that they can just be rinsed away, revealing new skin underneath. The peel creates a controlled wound, signaling to the body to repair the skin with collagen and elastin, which makes the skin look plumper and minimize fine lines.
Kojic acid is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, and also limits melanin production, helping to reduce dark spots. It also prevents acne as well as works to erase acne scarring, and can help prevent rosacea flareups.
I like that the ingredient list is simple, and that the formula is free from parabens, phlalates, alcohol, artificial fragrances, and it's also cruelty-free.
I took a picture of my clean, makeup-free face before applying the peel. All the pictures were taken in the same conditions in my bedroom, and I only cropped and resized the photos before adding the text - no fiddling with lighting or colors.
I lightly brushed the peel on and told my husband to hurry up and take the picture! Yes, that is thinly veiled terror in my eyes. The [Re]fresh Fruit Acid 15% Gel Peel was stinging, and it reminded me too much of the tea tree oil masque I had done that left my face with a burn. My panic was for naught, though. After rinsing this peel off, there was no redness, and stinging ceased immediately.
I was able to wear the peel for longer in subsequent uses, as my skin adjusted to the acids. I'm sure that eventually, it wouldn't sting at all. [Re]fresh says you can use this peel 3-5 times per week, but I'd build up slowly to that, unless you were used to chemical peels.
If you'd like more information about [Re]fresh, or to order their products, you can find them on their website, Amazon.com, Pinterest, and Google+.
Have you ever used a chemical peel? What do you look for?
ETA: I forgot to show you my ReFresh Gel Peel Nail Art!
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