Are They Dupes?: Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur VS L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution

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Micellar cleansers are fast gaining popularity for their ability to gently but effectively remove dirt and makeup from the skin. They sound mysterious, but they work in a very simple way. Basically, they contain surfactants that, once in the water, form little clusters that help remove impurities. How?

Surfactants have one hydrophlic (water-loving) end and a lipophilic (oil-loving) end. The oil-loving ends aren’t very fond of water and so tend to stick together and away from it. So, a micelle, a cluster of surfactants whose water-loving ends are pointing outwards and oil-loving ends inwards, is formed.

The oils on your face and makeup are attracted to the oil-loving ends of the surfactants and are thus caught inside the micelle. That way, they can be easily rinsed away. Any cleanser with surfactants can do this though. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on something with micellar in the name. Unless you truly love and enjoy the product, of course.

Or, if you have fallen in love with an expensive micellar cleanser, you can always look for a dupe. L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution, for instance, is very similar to the more expensive Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Let’s take a look:

Ingredients Analysis

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Poloxamer 184 & Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate

Poloxamer 184, a synthetic polymer, and Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, derived from coconut oil, are the active ingredients in both formulas. Both are cleansing agents that help water mix with oil and dirt, allowing them to be rinsed away easily and quickly. They are both considered gentle too.

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Glycerin

Glycerin is one of the most common ingredients used in skincare. A humectant, it draws water from the environment into the skin, helping to keep it hydrated, soft and supple after cleansing.

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Hexylene Glycol

Hexylene Glycol, a clear and colourless liquid, is used to improve the solubility of the makeup in the surfactant. That’s not all it does. It also acts as an humectant, like glycerin.

Further considerations on the formula

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is basically Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur stripped of all the non-essential ingredients. One of this is fragrance. This means that the Lancome cleanser smells better, but, because fragrance is one of the most irritating ingredients used in skincare, I’m not sure that’s a plus.

Having said that, most people can used fragranced products without experiencing any problems at all. They are more of a concern for those with sensitive, allergy-prone skin. For them, the L’Oreal cleanser would be a better option.

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur Ingredients

Aqua, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin,Poloxamer 184, Dihydrocholeth-30, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Benzyl Salicylate, Propylene Glycol, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Extract, Parfum.

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution Ingredients

Aqua, hexylene glycol, glycerin,poloxamer 184, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium EDTA, polyaminopropyl biguanide.

Avaibility

Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur costs £23.00, while L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution a more reasonable £4.99. They are both available at Boots in a 200ml size.

The Bottom Line

L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection 3in1 Purifying Micellar Solution is a basic, simpler version of Lancome Eau Micellaire Douceur. Although it doesn’t feel as luxurious, it does the job just as well.

Do you like micellar cleansers? Have you ever tried these two?

Living Proof Neotensil: Spanx For Eyes?

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The science of skin care has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past 2 decades. But there are certain skin issues that we still can’t treat. At least, not without cosmetic surgery. An example? Eye bags.

Under-eye bags are the bane of many women’s existence. They can be genetic, or caused by the fat around our eyes moving as we age, a normal process that happens when skin starts to become thinner and lose elasticity. So far, the only effective “cure” is blepharoplasty.

For those who don’t fancy the idea of going under the knife, Living Proof, the beauty brand co-owned by Jennifer Aniston, has created Neotensil. Described as an “invisible shapewear film,” Neotensil does for your undereye bags what Spanx does for your body: it flattens out the desired area.

How does Neotensil work?

Neotensil’s secret is called Strateris. That’s a “a two-step system wherein a proprietary dispersion of functionalized polydimethylsiloxane polymers [fancy term for silicones] in an aqueous medium is applied to the face and then activated with a w/s emulsion that causes the polymers to cross-link and form a flexible film. This film reduces the appearance of aging under the eyes until it is removed.”

This film adheres well to the skin. It then begins to shrink and tighten, flattering the fat pads and reducing their appearance. Because the film is flexible, it won’t crack as you move your face (although touching the eye area while you have it on is not recommended).

Another benefit of this film is its ability to slow down water loss, thus keeping skin hydrating. At the same time, it still allows it to perspire.

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Are there any side effects?

While Neotensil is safe for our health, it can be dangerous for our wallet. This stuff retails at a whopping $500! That’s for one’s week supply. But do you know how long the effect of each application lasts? Only 16 hours. Once you remove the film (Living Proof has created a remover for it too), your eye bags are still there, as prominent as ever. Now, if the results were permanent, I may be tempted to splurge that much. But, as it is, I think I’ll keep my bags.

The price is not the only con. Neotensil is a pain to use. Not available in shops, it can be purchased only from a physician’s office, so they can teach you how to use it properly. That’s not enough. It needs to be applied on clean skin and you can’t wear makeup or any other products under your eye (although the brand sells a powder for added coverage that’s compatible with it). Something so expensive shouldn’t be such a hassle to use, imo.

Ingredients

Reshaping Base:
Water/Aqua, Vinyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-10/7/Dimethicone Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide.

Activating Layer:
Water/Eau/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Platinum Divinyldisiloxane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-10/7/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Remover:
Water/Aqua, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, Caprylyl Glycol, Poloxamer 184, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1, Red 33.

The Bottom Line

Neotensil provides only a quick fix, not a cure for undereye bags. If you can afford the high price tag and can put up with the application process, it may be worth a try for you. But I won’t be splurging on it anytime soon.

Have you ever tried Living Proof Neotensil? If not, would you?

Product Review: Skin Actives Antioxidant Serum With ROS* Terminator

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Name: Antioxidant Serum With ROS* Terminator
Brand: Skin Actives
Size: 1oz and 4oz
Price: $25.25 and $90.00

From Skin Actives:
This ready to use formulation is now our preferred delivery method for our best water soluble antioxidants. Includes our exclusive protein Superoxide Dismutase. Use it to fight free radicals formed by exposure to the sun, pollution, and imperfections in the inner workings of our own mitochondria.

What I liked:
– sinks quickly into the skin
– rich in antioxidants, it helps prevent premature aging
– makes skin smoother and brighter
– provides some light hydration
– practical packaging keeps antioxidant stable

What I didn’t like:
– some people may find the consistency a bit too runny for their taste

What does Skin Actives Antioxidant Serum with ROS* Terminator has in common with its namesake killer robot warrior from the future? They both won’t stop until their mission is accomplished. In the serum’s case, that’s destroying ROS*, molecules containing oxygen that form as a natural byproduct of respiration and that can cause damage to the skin.

Our body has the means to naturally deal with ROS*. But if you live in a polluted city or spend a lot of time outdoors without sunscreen, ROS* levels dramatically increase. When that happens, your body needs help to get rid of them and prevent oxidative stress from damaging your skin.

What’s ROS* Terminator?
Skin Actives has come up with a potent formula that can destroy ROS*. It is made up of several ingredients: Sea kelp bioferment, a water binding agent with moisturizing properties; Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that can fight oxidative stress and gives the serum its pale brownish red colour; Superoxide Dismutase, an antioxidant that can fight free radicals, with catalase, an enzyme that decomposes hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen and has antioxidant properties as well; Thioredoxins, proteins that act as antioxidants; Glutathione, an antioxidant that mitigates DNA-damage; and Glutaredoxin, another antioxidant which fights oxidative damage as well.

Even more antioxidants!
ROS* Terminator is a wonderful formula that protects your skin from oxidative damage and the premature signs of aging it causes, but the serum also contains other powerful antioxidants that can help skin look younger for longer.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a powerful and stable form of Vitamin C that can boost collagen production, brighten skin, and increase moisture levels. Epigallocatechin Gallate, found in green tea, can help prevent collagen breakdown and the depletion of antioxidant enzymes, and reduce both the inflammation and redness caused by sun exposure.

The serum also contains ferulic acid. It is one of my favourite antioxidants for its ability to destroy three three types of free radicals: superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and nitric oxide. According to a 1999 study, it may also help reduce hyperpigmentation too.

Niacinamide, a do-it-all wonder
Niacimanide, a stable form of Vitamin B3, is another of my favourite skincare ingredients, and one that’s always present in my skincare routine. What so special about it? It’s a multitasker. Niacinamide helps keep skin moisturized, can reduce hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, soothe rosacea, and treat acne too!

My personal experience
Skin Actives Antioxidant Serum with ROS*Terminator has a runny consistency that’s slightly thicker than water. Yet, it is easy to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin, without leaving neither a greasy residue nor a tint behind.

The serum provides some light hydration, but more importantly, made my skin brighter and smoother. Not only my skin now looks great, but, with regular use of the antioxidants rich serum, it will stay younger-looking for longer.

Ingredients:
Distilled Water (Aqua), Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Sodium PCA, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Carnosine (L-), Carnitine (L-), Tetrahydrocurcuminoids (Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane), Ferulic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG, Green Tea, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract), Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Aloe Polysaccharides (Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract), 3-Deoxyanthocyanidin, Lycopene, Glutathione, Glutaredoxin, Thioredoxin, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), Catalase, Porphyridium extract, Fucoxanthin, Astaxanthin, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Available at: Skin Actives

Summary
Chock-full of antioxidants, Skin Actives Antioxidant Serum with ROS* Terminator helps prevent the premature signs of aging, provides some light hydration, and makes skin brighter and smoother.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was sent by PR for consideration. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Product Review: Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

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Name: Clear Brow Gel
Brand: Anastasia
Size: 0.28ml
Price: $22.00

From Anastasia’s website:
This best-selling formula tames unruly brows without leaving them stiff, flaky or sticky. Fortified with rich botanical conditioners and essential oils, this luxurious formula can be worn alone or layered over Anastasia’s Brow Powder Duo or Brow Pencils to set your perfect application all day.

What I liked:
– lightweight, non-sticky formula
– dries quickly
– easy to apply
– holds unruly brows in place
– longlasting
– can be used alone or with a brow powder or pencil

What I didn’t like:
– if you’re looking for a gel that dries completely matte, this is not for you
– if you use it regularly, you’ll run out of it pretty soon

What part of your makeup routine do you often neglect? For me it’s eyebrows. I guess it’s because I like mine the way they are. They’re not perfect. They’re not full and perfectly defined, but not too sparse and messy either. But they do tend to get a bit unruly during the day.

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At least they did before I discovered Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. This stuff looks like a mascara, complete with wand and all. But works a lot better than clear mascara for your eyebrows.

The wand, which picks up enough product to coat both eyebrows, is short and thin, with soft bristles that don’t scratch skin. It easily deposits the lightweight, non-sticky gel on your eyebrows. The gel dries in seconds, providing only a slight sheen that doesn’t make your brows look unnatural.

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You can use Anastasia Clear Brow Gel on its own, like I do, or to set your favourite brow powder or pencil. Either way, it holds your hair in place, making your eyebrows look well-groomed and defined, for hours. I apply it in the morning, and by the time I remove it at night, my eyebrows still look great.

Available at: Amazon, Sephora, and Ulta

Summary
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel has a lightweight, non-sticky, fast-drying texture that tames unruly brows, keeping them in place from morning till night.

Rating: 4.5/5

Disclosure: this item was a gift from a friend. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

Can Perricone Cold Plasma Really Correct The Ten Most Visible Signs Of Aging?

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Cold Plasma, one of Perricone’s best-selling products, makes some high claims. Created after five years of research, it contains a powerful cocktail of antioxidant, peptides, and other goodies touted to be capable of correcting the ten most visible signs: wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, redness, discolouration, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance. But does it really work?

What Perricone Says

A revolutionary anti-aging product represents Dr. Perricone’s most comprehensive research to date and is the result of five years of development. Through Dr. Perricone’s patented delivery system, Cold Plasma offers the skin all it needs for optimal health. Cold Plasma helps correct the ten most visible signs of aging: wrinkles, enlarged pores, dryness, redness, discoloration, uneven skin tone, impurities, loss of firmness, loss of smoothness, and loss of radiance. Whatever your age or skin type, Cold Plasma delivers extraordinary results. A patented, revolutionary delivery system that drives essential nutrients deep into the skin and acts as an ideal base to layer targeted treatments for enhanced results.

Ingredient Analysis

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Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate and Ascorbyl Palmitate

Vitamin C is one of the most beneficial ingredients used in skincare. Studies have shown that it can fight free radicals, boost collagen production, enhance the effectiveness of sunscreen, brighten skin, and even reduce dark and sun spots. Cold Plasma contains two forms of Vitamin C, Ascorbyl Palmitate and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate.

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate penetrates more deeply and is more stable than other forms of Vitamin C. Even so, no form of Vitamin C (or any other antioxidant for that matter) should ever be packaged in a jar. That’s because these ingredients degrade, losing a bit of their effectiveness, whenever they are exposed to light and air.

I know some people who love this moisturizer and, to keep it stable and effective, pour its content in an opaque, air-tight bottle but, at this price point, that shouldn’t be necessary. The brand should take care to package it properly.

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Retinyl Palmitate

Retinyl Palmitate is a combination of retinol (pure Vitamin A) and Palmitic Acid. It is easily absorbed into the skin, where it is converted first into retinol, then retinaldehyde, and finally into retinoic acid. Because it undergoes so many conversions, it is less effective, but gentler, than other forms of Vitamin A.

Like all forms of Vitamin A, retinyl palmitate is an effective antioxidant that can fight the premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles, and dark spots. But it, too, needs to be packaged in an air-tight, opaque tube or bottle to remain stable, and effective for long.

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Peptides

Peptides are very popular at the moment. Cold Plasma contains quite a few. Oligopeptide-17 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 are said to fight wrinkles by inhibiting muscle movement; Palmitoyl Oligopeptide stimulates collagen production; and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 reduces inflammation.

Peptides are a bit controversial because no one knows exactly how they work yet. Their molecules are too big to penetrate skin, but it is suggested they are effective even when left of the surface on the skin, where they signal to skin receptors present there how cells should behave.

DMAE

Dimethyl MEA (DMAE)

Touted as a “facelift in a jar” for its ability to firm skin, DMAE is quite a controversial ingredient. Why? Because we don’t know how it works exactly nor how safe it is. A 2007 study has found that DMA can damage skin cells, suggesting that it’s as a reaction to this damage that skin thickens.

A later study, performed in 2009, confirmed that DMAE thickens skin, and found that it increase skin’s hydration as well, but didn’t detect any side effects. Further research on DMAE is needed to figure out just how good (or bad) it is for skin.

But there’s another concern. According to Paula Begoun, DMAE, to be effective, must be formulated at a ph of 10, which is highly alkaline (not good for skin) and can cause dryness. Skincare products are formulated at a much more skin-friendly ph (5.5-6.5 range), and, if Cold Plasma is too, then DMAE won’t be able to do much anyway.

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Further considerations on the formula

The revolutionary delivery system used by Perricone in Cold Plasma is simply Phosphatidylcholine, which has the ability to help other ingredients better penetrate into the skin. Glycerin, drawing water from the environment into the skin, provides some hydration.

I was less thrilled to see Isopropyl Plamitate on the label. This ingredient, when used in high doses, never fails to break me out. Yet, I know many people who can use it without experiencing any side effects. Still, if you have oily skin, you may want to avoid it, just in case.

Full Ingredient List

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, L-Tyrosine, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Oligopeptide-17, Ceteareth-20, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Docosahexaenoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Saccaromyces Ferment, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Tocotrienols, Copper Gluconate, Polysorbate 20, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Astaxanthin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3

Avaibility

You can buy Perricone Cold Plasma at Sephora. A 1oz jar will set you back a whopping $155.00!

The Bottom Line

I would be a lot more impressed with Perricone Cold Plasma if it were packaged in a tube or bottle. The formula is good, but the jar packaging compromises the efficacy of its most beneficial anti-aging ingredients.

K6: An Effective Aloe Vera Based Skincare Line For All Skin Types?

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Organic skincare brands are popping up everywhere at the moment. I can’t say I’m thrilled with this trend. You’re gonna miss out on a lot of effective and safe synthetic goodies if you limit yourself to plant-derived ingredients (although because the definition of organic is quite vague, synthetic ingredients still often find their way into these products).

One thing I noticed is that a lot of these brands use the natural, much loved by everyone, aloe vera. K6 Skin Care, a new organic aloe-vera-based line designed to accommodate all ethnicities and skin types, is one of these. But how effective is it? Let’s take a look:

What does aloe vera do?

Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties. Although the jury is still out there on whether it can actually help heal wounds, aloe vera can soothe irritations and reduce redness, making it a great option for people who suffer from psoriasis.

Aloe vera can also hydrate skin. A 2006 study has shown that “formulations supplemented with 0.25% and 0.50% (w/w) of Aloe vera extract increased the water content of the stratum corneum […] possibly through a humectant mechanism” (ie by drawing water from the environment into the skin.

The problem with aloe vera is that the mucilage derived from the plant and used in skincare products is 99.5% water. The part full of goodies is only 0.5%. What is it made of? That’s a “combination of mucopolysaccharides, choline and choline salicylate“. Therefore, for aloe vera to work its best, a generous dose must be added to creams and lotions. Luckily, it tops of the list of all K6 products.

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Clean Antioxidant Facial Cleanser ($25.00)

Suitable for sensitive skin, the Clean Antioxidant Facial Cleanser contains a gentle mix of surfactants (Disodium Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate) that help water mix with oils and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. But, while it does a great job at cleansing your skin in the morning, it may not be strong enough to remove makeup at the end of the day.

The cleanser also contains humectants aloe vera and glycerin, which help to keep skin hydrated and soft during and after washing. The mix of antioxidants, such as green tea and retinyl palmitate, instead doesn’t do much in a cleanser but increase the price tag. That’s cos they just end up down the drain.

Verdict

A gentle and effective, if a bit pricey, morning cleanser suitable even for very sensitive skin.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerin, Camellia PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract Blend, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid. Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Soapbark Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract,Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid

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Preserve Anti-aging Moisturizer ($39.00)

Can you guess what my problem with the Preserve Anti-aging Moisturizer is? Yep, the jar packaging. Housing antioxidants (and this moisturizer contains quite a few of them, including green tea, topcopheryl acetate, and retinyl palmitate) in a jar is a waste of good ingredients and money. That’s because they degrade a bit every time they are exposed to light and air, until, after a while, they completely lose their anti-aging properties.

But if moisture and hydration is all you want, you may still enjoy this moisturizer. Aloe extract, glycerin and hyaluronic acid (it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water!) all attract water from the environment into the skin, increasing its hydration levels. Cetyl Alcohol and Cetearyl Alcohol, two moisturizing fatty alcohols, and Squalane, instead, have emollient properties that leave skin soft and smooth.

Verdict

A basic moisturizer that leaves skin soft, smooth and hydrated. Unfortunately, its anti-aging properties are compromised by the jar packaging.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Squalane, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Fiber, Glycereth-26, Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosaminoglycans, Soluble Collagen, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract Blend, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Triethanolamine

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Reveal Active Enzyme Peel ($36.00)

According to K6, Reveal Active Enzyme Peel contains an “organic active enzyme peel that is a safe and natural way to exfoliate dead skin cells with no harsh chemicals”. But exfoliants with AHAs (such as glycolic and lactic acids), and Salicylic Acid, which I guess are what the “harsh chemicals” refers to, are actually one of the gentlest way to exfoliate skin, and cause problems only when used in too high amounts.

In any case, papain, the enzyme extracted from papaya used in Reveal Active Enzyme Peel isn’t a safer option. It can cause irritations and allergies too. If you are allergic to papaya or pineapple (papain can be derived from that too) you should stay away from it. There’s more bad news. Papain woks by dissolving old skin cells, but, according to Paula Begoun, it is effective only in pure concentration.

Aloe vera and a few antioxidants included in the formula can, thanks to their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, help prevent and reduce any irritation that may occur. But I certainly wouldn’t recommend this peel over AHAs or BHA based exfolianst, especially not to those with sensitive skin.

Verdict

Forget papain and stick to a gentler and more effective AHAs or BHA based exfoliant instead.

Ingredients

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Water, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Papain, Linoleic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract Blend, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol Phospholipids, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide

The Bottom Line

Personally, I would never buy a skincare product just because it contains aloe vera, unless my skin were sunburnt or otherwise irritated. It’s a beneficial ingredient, just not miraculous enough to justify splurging on it. Having said that, K6 Skincare has potential. The peel is a disappointment, but the cleanser is good, and the moisturizer is well-formulated too. It just needs to be repackaged in an opaque, air-tight tube or bottle.

Have you ever tried K6 Skincare?