Review: EmerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel + Clarifying Kit
An at-home facial peel gives you luminous and brighter skin without an expensive trip to the dermatologist or spa. But most commercially available facial peels are loaded with chemicals needed for that effective acidic “stripping”.
The good news is: There is a new breed of at-home facial peels made from all natural and organic ingredients called fruit acid facial peels. They use a combination of natural acids and compounds found in fruits and botanicals to exfoliate the skin and cleanse the pores.
One. I have never used an at-home facial peel before. Two. I was told it might sting my face. Three. I know enough about chemical peels to make me nervous. (Read What You Really Need To Know About Chemical Peels (That Nobody Tell You)).
Before trying this at home, I was given a brief demo on how this 2 jar kit works. Essentially, it is made up of 2 products: Peel Pads & Clarifying Pads. These are ready-to-use cotton pad applications.
Each jar contains 60 cotton pads pre-soaked in the concentrated citric acids derived from natural fruit such as lemon, apple, bitter orange and bilberry. Combined with lactic acid, aloe vera leaf extract, green tea, willow bark and tea tree, this formula helps to speed up exfoliation for natural, fast and effective “stripping“.
|EmerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel: Peel Pads|
When the time is up, simply use a cool wet towel to wipe your face, or rinse thoroughly with cool water. Once your face is toweled dry, apply a Clarifying Pad (Jar 2). Then, immediately follow up with your favourite serum and/or moisturiser. It might take a while for the clarifying solution to absorb into the skin so you might want to wait a little while before putting on your moisturiser. Do not rinse off the clarifying solution.
|EmerginC Scientific Organics At-Home Facial Peel: Clarifying Pads|
On first impressions: At first, I lightly swept the peel pad on my face expecting ‘the great sting’! But to my surprise, I didn’t feel much – just slight tingling. Not even like ant bites. Both jars and pads had its own strong distinct scent. The Peel Pads smelt a lot like TANG orange juice powder and the Clarifying Pads was a lot more potent – its tea tree scent was both citrusy and sharp.
Result: Look at how dirty stained my used peel pad looks compared to an unused pad. This just shows how much dead skin and dirt I have on the outmost layer of my skin and in my pores (remember I had cleansed my face thoroughly before using the pad). After using the peel, my skin looks a lot smoother! In fact, it is so smooth that it has that waxy look.
|Closeup of used Peel Pad|
User’s advice: Do this treatment at night, just before going to bed. It leaves the skin so waxy smooth that it is better to give the skin time to settle down with a night’s rest. One time I used it in the morning before going out and my skin felt slightly raw and looked far too glossy.Use of frequency: Depends. This peel is so natural, it is made for daily use. If your skin starts to feel tight and dry, reduce frequency. Personally, I plan to use this once a week, and focus on the pigmented areas of my face ie. cheekbone, nose and forehead. For best results: Follow up the next day with a clay detoxifying mask (Read EmerginC Scientific Organics Phytocell Detox Mask review) to further draw out any residue from the skin’s pores. This combination of at-home treatments will encourage your skin to not only purge dead skin cells and toxins but also clarify, soothe and brighten its overall appearance.
TIP: You can cut up the pads into your favourable size. For me, I want to focus on specific areas of my face to peel. So I cut the pad by half, or even a quarter size.
Looking at the ingredients, both Peel Pads and Clarifying Pads are made with nothing but concentrated fruit and botanical extracts. If your peel treatment, whether done at-home or at the skin specialist clinic, does not show the ingredients contents, you need to consider what you are putting on your skin and into your body. I say this because I know a lot of women who get their chemical peels done in specialists clinics never ask about the chemicals used in the treatment, and end up paying a higher price for post-treatment blotched or badly reacted skin. One example is Alicia of Alicia’s blog who documented her “5-day peel” with photographs that turned out a complete disaster. Another is Juli, a Singaporean blogger, who became an instant hit when she posted photos documenting her horrifying allergic reaction post-facial session.
Lastly, flip the jar over and you will find a clearly printed expiry date – right down to the day, month and year.
At S$159, the price of this dual pack sounds steep but consider what you would pay a skin specialist or dermatologist for a facial peel per visit. And, not to mention, each kit has 60 pads meaning 60 treatments (120 if you cut it into halves), so if we do the math…that’s S$2.65 (or S$1.30) per at-home peel treatment, yeah?
This kit retails for S$159 per kit. It includes 2 jars, 60 cotton pads per jar and is vailable at Takashimaya, Ngee Ann City, Basement 1 (near Talking Hall).