26 February 2014

Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel - New Skin in a Tube!

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

Firstly, in case you haven’t tried one before, a peel is similar to a leave-on face mask. They are often more of a gel-like consistency that is left on for a specified amount of time (around 10 minutes for this peel) and then washed off, just like a traditional mask. However, peels usually do not dry or tighten on the skin, and they are not designed to draw out impurities as much as they are intended to slough away dead skin and to stimulate circulation. I find that with a peel, you are more apt to see immediate results than with a standard face mask, which makes it much more satisfying! J So, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of the Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel!

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


  1. This looks lovely! I've really fallen away from my skincare routine this past month or so, and it's showing on my face. I need to get back into masques and peels and get my skin back in shape!!

    1. Do you have a favorite mask/peel? If so, what is it? I love trying masks and peels! :)

      It's so easy to get lazy with skincare, especially in the winter. Everything just feels like too much work…at least to me! I definitely feel like this peel/mask makes such a difference in my skin that I've made a real effort to keep using it! This and the REN mask (which is SUPER expensive & pretty similar) make a great pair to alternate between. Best of all, I can actually SEE a difference! :)



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