I was trepidatious about my first glycolic acid peel. The word peel always makes me think of skin being stripped bare and red raw new skin poking through and I had visions of looking like one of The Returned or a Hollywood wife facelift gone bad. I can happily report that the reality did not meet the gory details of my over active imagination. And whatsmore, I’m addicted.
I don’t know if its the tingling sensation, the clean radiant feel of skin stripped of impurities or merely the fact that Murad (the cult niche brand) have again excelled with an easily useable, performance giving product to their already acclaimed range, but the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel is now a weekly routine for me.
What is it?
It’s an at-home peel that instantly reveals a brighter, more youthful skin appearance once washed off. The peel combats environmentally damaged skin and smooths and illuminates tone while reducing hyperpigmentation to even skin tone and clarity.
How do you us it?
Simply massage evenly over a cleansed face and neck (avoiding eye area). A slight tingling experience is felt as the fruit acids get to work. At first, leave for 3 minutes, then, as you get used to the product, leave on for up to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry to see instant results. The Peel can be used 2-3 times a week but I suffice with once.
What are its benefits?
The Intensive-C Radiance Peel contains glycolic acid which exfoliates and accelerates the turnover of dark damages skin cells, removing dullness and improving texture while Vitamin C and Indian Fig protect against free radical damage while enhancing clarity. Myrtle Extract is present which supports collagen production to boost youthful resilience and elasticity.
How much does it cost?
A 50ml tube costs £49.50 but if ask at Murad counters for a free small 10ml sample. This is the best way to trial a product to see if it fits you and your skin type. Available from www.murad.co.uk and House of Fraser, Oxford St.