Ahh the wonderful world of acids - well, maybe not for everyone. Acids are fickle beings, and when mixing them with skincare you can really get yourself into trouble - damaging your skin barrier with over-exfoliation. I've been using alpha hydroxy acid (aha) and beta hydroxy acid (bha) for over a year (bha, or salicylic acid, for about 15 years actually), but have backed down a bit since incorporating tretinoin into my routine. I recently discovered the Prelab Toning Peeling Tap on Memebox USA, and thought it might be a more gentle option for incorporating acids into my skincare routine without thinning or over-exfoliating my skin.
The Prelab Toning Peeling Tap is a gentle exfoliating essence that uses fruit enzymes and plant extracts to purify and moisturize the skin.
Ingredients: Water, methylpropanediol, glycerin, glycereth-26, dipropylene glycol, butylene glycol, bromelain, maltodextrin, papain, sodium metabisulfite, sodium hyaluronate, melissa officinalis leaf extract, nelumbo nucifera flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, betaine, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf extract, citrus limon (lemon) fruit extract, actinidia chinensis (kiwi) fruit extract, origanum vulgare leaf extract, chamaecyparis obtusa leaf extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, lactobacillus/soybean ferment extract, portulaca oleracea extract, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit water, tuber magnatum extract, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, allantoin, carbomer, tromethamine, sodium benzoate, citric acid, hydroxyethyl urea, disodium EDTA, ethylhexylglycerin, caprylyl glycol, pentylene glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, ethyl hexanediol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
The packaging consists of a plastic jar with a tin lid, that contains 15 cushion pads with a foil packet behind it.
The "peeling" solution is in the foil, and when you're ready to use one you simply push the foil to create enough pressure for the solution to break through and absorb into the pad, so you can wipe it onto your face. It's a very simple process, and so easy to use at home or during travel.
The essence is seemingly scentless - and a thicker serum consistency. It's easy to wipe onto the skin holding the foil, I usually massaged using tiny circular motions and found this gave me even application. It only took a minute for the essence to absorb into my skin, and it was not irritating at all.
I used the Prelab Toning Peeling Taps for 2 weeks (one each evening) and found this to be a very gentle alternative to traditional chemical exfoliants. I personally feel that these tabs did a nice job keeping my pores and skin clear and clean while using them daily, along with my tretinoin prescription. Much more gentle that using my usual AHA and BHA and in no way drying or irritating to my skin.
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