I have been a huge fan of at-home face peels lately. They are a great way to achieve wonderful benefits for the skin, without needing to take a great deal of time out of your day. One of my favorite peels lately has been the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel. This used to be called the Grapefruit + C Exfoliating Peel, but the packaging has been updated so don’t be confused if you see it listed with either name (my box says one thing, while the tube says the other). Anyway, this mask/peel uses fruit enzymes to create a chemical peel (from the fruit acids) that I don’t find at all uncomfortable while on my skin, and it makes my skin look renewed and refreshed once it’s removed! I find it also helps keep acne at bay and makes my face so soft. It’s an absolutely wonderful peel and it has rapidly become one of my favorite skin pick-me-ups, so I wanted to share it with you! J
This peel has a clear gel-like texture that smells faintly of grapefruit, and is filled with nourishing goodies for the skin. It uses grapefruit kombucha, pineapple and papaya enzymes to exfoliate the skin and unclog pores. These fruit enzymes also help to stimulate circulation to the skin, which improves the tone and texture of the skin and helps to impart that often elusive “glow.” In addition, this peel utilizes Andalou Naturals’ trademark Fruit Stem Cell Complex, as well as Vitamin C, to aid in cell renewal and a clearer complexion. Basically, this will remove the dead skin from your face leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed, while helping to avoid clogged pores in hopes of keeping the skin free from blemishes. I actually feel like the Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel lives up to all these claims. It doesn’t completely eliminate acne, but it certainly helps remove the dead skin that often leads to clogged pores that become pimples. And you will definitely see an immediate difference in your skin’s appearance! It does look more radiant and just plain healthier, while feeling incredibly soft, smooth and refreshed.
Though some enzyme peels can be rather harsh, irritating and not good for sensitive skin types, I find this peel to be quite gentle. I don’t have sensitive skin, but I have definitely felt some tingling, burning and/or stinging with other similar peels. Not so with the Andalou Naturals Peel. I cannot guarantee all those with sensitive skin that this will not aggravate the skin, but, at least in my experience, it is less irritating than most (I don’t find it irritating at all, but then my skin is pretty tough!). It is also pH balanced and Hypo-Allergenic, as well as Leaping Bunny Certified, Vegan and Gluten-Free. If you are looking for a good acid peel to start with, I would say the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel is a great one to start with.
I have seen the Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel at Whole Foods and even in the natural section of a local grocery store, but it can also be found through a variety of online retailers like Vitacost, iHerb and the Andalou Naturals website. A 1.8oz tube retails for $14.95 (only $10.44 at Vitacost!) and should last quite some time since you need only about a quarter-sized amount for each use. I would highly recommend this mask/peel for just about anyone, though use your own judgment if you have very sensitive skin. As I’ve said, it seems like a gentle enzymatic peel to me, but I have skin of steel, so I’m not the greatest judge! J