We had an amazing time on our recent Curacao vacation but the change in weather and strong sun there really did a number on my skin. Upon our return, my face looked dull and tired and the sun totally aggravated the appearance of my freckles and gifted me with some unwanted sunspots. Fortunately I had this Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel waiting for me to try when we got home and it was just what I needed. This product comes from the company that created the original Glycolic Acid Peel and it is formulated as a safe, acid-free formula that is gentle enough for all skin types. I've used a number of different glycolic acid peels before and they're great for cell renewal which improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture while evening out discolorations.
About the Brand: Exuviance was created by Doctors Van Scott and Yu, widely recognized as leaders in the field of cosmetic dermatology. They discovered the anti-aging benefits of Glycolic Acid and created and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Exuviance has continued to develop many new patented anti-aging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Recognized around the world, Exuviance formulas are expertly developed to visibly transform skin by combining their patented innovations with the best, state of the art technologies available in dermatology today.
Product Claims: New Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is formulated with NeoGlucosamine to increase cell turnover and exfoliation for all the benefits of a peel with the potential for irritation. More than just your average peel, this leave-on, no-rinse formula, appropriate for all skin types, plumps skin matrix to increase volume and helps firm and tighten skin while exfoliating to reduce pigment and brighten skin.
Key Ingredients: A a 6% concentration of NeoGlucosamine, which facilitates cell renewal and exfoliation to plump skin. NeoGlucosamine is a neutral, non-acid amino sugar found naturally in the skin with similar benefits as AHAs. It exfoliates while helping to build the skin’s matrix to increase volume and reduces pigment to brighten skin.
Packaging: A sleek plastic jar with pump dispenser inside. I really wish more jarred products would be packaged like this since it's hygienic and also effectively preserves the integrity of the product.
My Thoughts: The peel itself is a clear gel with a thick and slightly tacky texture and a non-distinct scent. Following instructions, I've been applying it after washing my face in the evening and waiting for about 10 minutes to allow for it to fully absorb before applying my moisturizer. The first morning after trying it, my skin appeared so smooth and refreshed when I woke up that I almost couldn't believe it. I continued using it for the next few days and while the results weren't quite as astonishing as the initial application, my skin was so soft and I could see a visible difference and the sunspots that had popped up on my face had already lightened. As remarkably effective as it has been, I've also been impressed with it's incredible gentleness and I'm happy to report that I haven't experienced any redness of irritation or burning. Has anyone tried those old school peels? There would literally be like a tingling, burning sensation with some of them because of the acid. I was also concerned about dryness and it was a non-issue. I'm now using this peel 2 - 3x week and I skip my usual essence and serums when I do. This product is supposed to be safe enough for daily use but I do other treatments as well so that's good enough for me. The innovation of this peel along with it's efficacy gives it place among my trusted skincare arsenal. I really like how it's smoothed and boosted the radiance of my skin.
Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel is available for sale through the Neostrata website as well as Ulta and SkinStore.
Have you ever tried any skin care peels?
Disclosure: This product was provided to me for review through Brandbacker. There was no other compensation and all opinions and words are my own.