Lately, I’ve been helping out Kim do reviews on a few products that she can’t use due to the chemicals in them since she nurses my niece. So, expect to see a lot of reviews from me in the next couple of months.
I was pretty excited when Kim asked me try out Advanced Home Actives’ Brazilian Peel. The product is not only one of Sephora’s top-selling items, as well as one their April ‘Hot NOW‘ product, but it’s also been awarded the 2010 Allure Best of Beauty Award, “Best Beauty Breakthrough.“ Here is the description for the product on Sephora.com:
“The first medical-strength peel for at-home use, Advanced Home Actives’ Brazilian Peel innovative formula contains rejuvenating glycolic acid and açai, a natural antioxidant straight from Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The powerful combination safely provides you with results similar to those from a professional chemical peel—without the painful side effects. The four-week regimen is clinically proven to smooth, firm, and brighten skin, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and restoring the skin’s ability to build collagen. Even more impressive: You’ll pay hundreds of dollars less than what you would at a doctor’s office.”
After reading the instructions, I thought it would be pretty easy and wouldn’t damage my sensitive skin. I have even toned with a few tiny dark spots from pimples that I have popped (yes I know that this a no-no.) I thought that this would be great to help lighten, and smooth out my skin tone and texture.
I was thrown back by the presentation of the product in the syringe. I guess it gives you that “medical-strength for at-home use” appeal. After cleaning my face I popped open the end of the syringe and with even pressure, squeezed out both liquids; one is white and the other is clear. I mixed the two in the palm of my hand and the reaction of both chemicals caused it to heat up, a lot for a few seconds. I added it to my face and set the timer for 10 minutes.
My first round of using the product wasn’t that bad. My skin felt smoother and firmer but I didn’t see any changes in appearance right away just the texture of my skin.
By week 3, I noticed that after I used it, I developed these dark dry patches on the sides of my mouth (see photo above). My skin was flaking badly so I had to discontinue using.
Would I purchase this product again?
I have very sensitive skin, and I was actually surprised I didn’t have a reaction to the product sooner than I did. I truly wish this product had worked for me, especially since I liked the initial results, and I love the glow it gave me in the first few weeks. Unfortunately, the product was too harsh for my skin. The price of $78 is a little too expensive for my budget right now, especially when it dried my skin out as much as it did.
Just because it didn’t work for me, does not mean it will not work for you. There are hundreds, if not thousands of women of all ages out there who have beautiful, glowing skin because of AHA’s Brazilian Peel. Maybe you can be one of them.
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Have you tried AHA Brazilian Peel or any other glycolic acid peel?
How did you like the results?
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by a PR company. Other than the free product that was sent to me mentioned in this review, I was not compensated for reviewing this product. This is my honest opinion.