The peel contains five acids to exfoliate—mandelic, lactic, salicylic, tartaric, and malic—as well as three different berries to provide antioxidants and soothe your skin. It’s a professional-grade peel (meaning it’s definitely not an everyday thing), and has a mix of BHAs and AHAs to work on two levels to clear pores and smooth your skin’s surface. The laundry list of concerns the brand says it’ll help with include: clearing blemishes and clogged pores, fading post-breakout marks, lifting discoloration, stimulating cellular renewal, smoothing out the texture of your skin.
I’ve been consistency using the mask for about a month (once a week), and I have to say, I’m really impressed. After one use I wasn’t convinced, but after four weeks (two of which were spent traveling to extremely different climates), I’m a believer. Not only does it not aggravate my skin, but I’ve seen a major improvement. While it hasn’t helped with my larger inflamed breakouts, I’ve seen a significant reduction of clogged pores and whiteheads that I’ve been dealing with on my cheeks over time. I like to follow it with Rouleau’s Rapid Response Detox Mask to further fight breakouts while my pores are open from the peel. It’s also helped keep flakes at bay, which is something I always struggle with this time of year, and makes my skin feel smooth as hell.
And then there’s the glow. As someone who has a pretty negative relationship with my skin, I don’t toss around words like “radiant” often, but the day or two after I use this mask, my skin can only be described as such. I look well-rested for once in my life, my skin texture feels much more uniform, and my makeup goes on smoother. The best part is that despite all the different types of acids, it’s not harsh on my sensitive skin. There’s a slight tingle when the mask is on, but as soon as I rinse it off after about seven minutes there’s no stinging or redness.
Not only can I thank this mask for bringing my skin back to life, it’s also restored my faith that sometimes things are worth the hype. You might just need to give them time.
Bella Cacciatore is the beauty associate at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.