You know that moment. It happens to the best of us.
“I’m just looking” you say to yourself as you type the letters spelling out Sephora.com into your browser.
“I’m just browsing. A quick peruse” you whisper to yourself because you know you do not need to be spending more money.
Well, sometimes (or a lot of times. I’m not judging) that quick browse turns into a buy. That’s exactly what happened to me when I saw the words “peel gel.” My ears (technically my eyes) perked up, and the next thing I know, I’m on the checkout page clicking the giant Place Order button.
A Peel Gel — What the Hell Is It and Do You Need It?
This peel gel is essentially a gel consistency liquid that you apply to dry skin. I repeat, apply to dry skin. The molecules in it are supposed to bond together and cling on to old, dead skin cells, sloughing them off while giving your skin a gentle physical exfoliation, and a chemical exfoliation since it contains alpha hydroxy acids. This also contains pomegranate enzymes, an antioxidant, so it’s supposed to visibly firm, brighten, soften, and smooth the skin over time. You know both of those ingredients are good for the skin and some of my favorite so I had to try this out.
… so is it gimmicky marketing or does it actually work?
I personally feel like the bonding together of molecules and dead skin cells is a little gimmicky. Perhaps that’s my skeptic personality speaking. The gel is supposed to ball up on its own and then bond to the dead skin cells. And the way you know it’s sloughing off the dead skin cells along with it is if the color of the gel balls turns more grey– that’s your dead skin. Appetizing, isn’t it? The first time I used this it actually really grossed me out when it started to ball up. But, I didn’t notice any greying in the color. So, my test subject number 2 (aka my sister) was forced to use it as well. Again, we didn’t notice the gel balls turning a slight grey color either. Perhaps we just don’t have any dead skin cells on our face– huzzah! No, I’m sure we do, but we both feel like this was slightly gimmicky when it comes to the balling up of the gel.
… so, why do you still like it, Nida?
Because it still leaves my skin looking and feeling brighter, smoother, and more clear. I use this once a week as a skin refresher, and my skin is instantly brighter and feels so smooth, but never tight. And I think that has a lot to do with the AHAs, antioxidants, and oils in this guy. My test subject number 2 also liked this as well even though she felt it was slightly gimmicky. Personally, I would use this even if it didn’t ball up on itself because I think the AHAs and antioxidants do a well enough job of chemically exfoliating and supplying good anti-aging ingredients to the skin.
… so do I need it?
I say yes! All in all, this is a really good pick me up for your skin, and it’s not super expensive– hooray! If you want something that refreshes, nourishes, chemically exfoliates, brightens, smoothes, and clears your skin then I say give this a try. It’s not something I would use every day, but it’s something I love to use when I want to give my skin a boost while giving my face a little massage.
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