A very super gentle (so gentle I'm not sure anything is happening....) swipe for night. Its pretty overpriced for the results. I cut one pad into 3 and use 3 nights in a row, makes a very small difference in smoothness to skin but thats it really. The two step microdelivery peel is way better, value and effectiveness wise.
I've been using these for a few months now, and while it's a good product, it's not great. First, they're expensive. I've circumvented this by cutting each pad in three sections, using one, and resealing the rest in the envelope each pad is packaged in (I fold the top over a few times and hold it closed with a small binder clip--this works well, and the remaining pieces of the pad stay as moist as when opened), so I get three uses from each pad. Second, although the ingredients are good (including Niacinamide and Mandelic, Azelaic, and Phytic Acids), the acids are far down on the list, so this is quite a mild peel.(I feel no stinging at all, and leave it on overnight, using no other product with it). What the pads contain a lot of is denatured alcohol (see below). Third, although easy to apply, the skin is left sticky. Fourth, despite using philosophy's Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash and my Clarisonic the morning after application, I notice no dramatic difference in my skin. It feels smooth, but not nearly as smooth and clean as after weekly use of philosophy's Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel (which is the same price and provides many more applications). I think this peel would be great for those with sensitive skin, like the previous reviewers, but at the price philosophy asks for ten treatments, most people would be much better served by a peel from MUAC. I'll be going back to the Microdelivery Dual-Phase Peel, which really exfoliates and brightens my skin and leaves it as smooth as glass. I will not repurchase.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sd Alcohol 40b (Alcohol Denat.), Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Niacinamide, Mandelic Acid, Peg-8/Smdi Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Azelaic Acid, Phytic Acid, Bisabolol.
purchased last month and have used about 5 pads (like the reviewer below). VERY gentle but i did have slight peeling on one of my eyebrows and around my mouth but very miniscule. dime size basically. i am a retinol user also. i dont use retinol the night before i use this or the night after to give myself a "buffer" zone. never want to over exfoliate! i set my cell phone reminder to every Wednesday and i look forward to it every week! i swipe it all over my face after i shower at night, so easy to do. use it fast if you want to use some on your chest and elbows/hands-it dries very quickly. its great that its packaged individually for optimal freshness. my face is very smooth , bright and acne has stayed away. great stuff! i definitely will repurchase once gone. ive had chemical peels at salons and that shiz BURNS like a mo'. this is so much more gentle but effective. no downtime whatsoever and no crazy peeling. it is slighty sticky yes, but you're going to bed! :) if you're looking for a MAJOR skin lift/lighting this is not it, this is better for people who have gotten there skin where they want it to be and need gentle effective affordable maintenance or people who never would do a chemical peel and again, need a gentle option.
This product sounds like it would be a very harsh peel, however it is really an effective yet gentle brightening peel. It uses mandelic acid( an alpha hydroxy acid) to exfoliate and resurface, while the phytic and azelaic acids are for brightening. My very sensitive skin can rarely handle an acid peel of any sort without some major side affect which usually involves extreme redness followed by peeling. However, this left ZERO side affects and absolutely no redness. I didn't see any substantial brightening with the first treatment, but I had extremely soft skin. The second treatment is where I saw the brightness. I am on treatment #5 and I have noticed substantial brightness, clarity and the softest skin in awhile. Even my pores are more clear and starting to show improvement in size. Directions say to rinse off after 5min if you have sensitive skin but I left it on over night and didn't have any issues. To get full benefits it's best to leave on over night, and no retinol on the night of this treatment. If you feel some stickiness, this is normal. I just make sure the treatment is dry before applying moisturizer and this usually resolves the stickiness issue somewhat. There is still a bit of stickiness, but not too bad. It is definitely a night time treatment as makeup does not apply well over it. And you must avoid sun exposure immediately after the treatment.
I also love that it's pre saturated and individually sealed. Per treatment it comes to about $5.75, a bit expensive but worth it if it works IMO. So far so good!