4you Beauty Board tests face peels
If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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No7 Advanced Renewal Anti-ageing Glycolic Peel Kit
Available at Target, target.com, shopbootsusa.com and drugstore.com; $24.99
"Gently renews the skin's surface for an instantly younger-looking you."
Cloe says: I get medical grade peels on a fairly regular basis at my aesthetician's office. And I truly believe they play an important role in keeping my skin smooth and youthful looking (of course sunscreen is very important, too). But professional peels can be pricey. At-home peels are a good alternative if you can find one that offers similar results. No7 peel is an easy two-step system; you just apply a few drops of peel solution in the mixing dish, apply it to your face with a fan brush and follow up with neutralizing pads 10 minutes later. Despite 7 percent glycolic acid, I never felt it working. More importantly, I never saw significant changes in my skin after using the product as directed. With my background in peels, I probably need something more aggressive to see real results. But for women who have sensitive skin, have never had a peel and want to ease into it slowly, this is a good one to try. And it's a great price, too.
Cloe Cabrera, 45, covers entertainment for the Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com
SkinSync Brightening Peel
Available at www.skinsyncpro.com; 2-ounce peel and 1.7-ounce activator, $85
"Rejuvenates dull, sun-damaged skin as it brightens and improves tone"
Michelle says: Oh, SkinSync Brightening Peel, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. For starters, I think this product leaves me looking 10 years younger every time I use it. (OK, so that feeling of "I look so fetching!" doesn't last, but it sure feels good for the short haul.)You start with the citrus-scented, grainy peel, applying just a thin layer with your fingers in a circular motion over your face. Two minutes later, you gently rub a few drops of the activator, which creates light foam and a warm sensation -- a little bit like a hot flash, but not uncomfortable. Wait a few minutes more, and then gently wash it off with warm. Instead of a beet-red face with sticky residue, it comes off smoothly and leaves you with that promised brightness and a feeling of refreshed, exfoliated skin. This was easy to use and not messy at all. It's pricey, but a little bit goes a long way. So for your investment (and aren't our faces worth it?) you should get plenty of quick-fix peels for those days when you're feeling a little haggard. Loved this!
Michelle Bearden, 56, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com
Kate Somerville Anti-Aging Clinic-to-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads
Available at Sephora and QVC, and online at katesomerville.com,
sephora.com and qvc.com; $48 for 1.25 ounces
"In just 28 days, you can completely rejuvenate your appearance. ...
Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads reduce the appearance of fine lines
and acne scars."
Wendy says: Once the purview of only aestheticians, peel products have
made their way to cosmetics counters. Though do-it-yourself products
that provide a mild or superficial peel are common, many require
multiple steps, often requiring mixing. But not the Clinic-to-Go pads.
As the name indicates, you can use them with ease at home or while traveling. Simply peel the backing off the single-use buffing pad, rub
it over your clean face, leave on for about two minutes, then wipe or
rinse. The pads have a slightly unpleasant fragrance, but that's a
small sacrifice. Lactic acid and alphahydroxy acids make the skin
tingle a bit, but not to the point of discomfort. I've used the pads
twice a week as recommended, and my skin looks brighter and clearer.
The results combined with the ease make Clinic-to-Go worth the
Wendy M. Whitt, 45, is a freelance writer and editor.
Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel
Available at Sephora and Ulta stores, murad.com, dermstore.com and sephora.com; 1.7 ounces for $49.50
"Instantly brightens smoothes and hydrates skin, reversing environmental aging after just one use"
Shantae says: My skin is constantly changing and reminding me that I've hit the big 4-0. Murad's Intensive C Radiance Peel's strong ingredients, including glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin, and vitamin C to brighten skin tone seemed to be just what I needed. I applied it once a week for 10 minutes to prevent irritation and rinsed with warm water. There's a tingling sensation that occurs when you first apply, but it's just the ingredients doing what they're supposed to. The texture is creamy and dissolves into your skin the longer it is on. It has a slight citrus scent. I didn't see much in terms of hyperpigmentation reduction, but my skin does appear smoother and brighter. The price can be justified when you think about how little you use once a week and how much a peel at a spa would cost.
Shantae Brewster, 40, is the Readers Desk supervisor for the Tribune.