I had been hearing a lot about facial peels in beauty news lately and I have to say; it sparked my curiosity. However, the term “facial peel” was daunting to me. I will admit it; I was intimidated by it. It wasn’t until Influenster offered me a chance to try Lancôme’s facial peel to review that I decided to give it a try. According to some, peels are the new holy grail of skincare and I felt I had to see it for myself.
What is a chemical facial peel exactly? It’s a product that slowly exfoliates the skin, causing it to peel off. The new regenerated skin underneath reveals to be smoother. The benefits include younger looking skin, refined pores, and increased brightness and just to name a few. It sounds like an opportunity to drink from the fountain of youth. Who would say no?
Lancôme’s Visionnaire Crescendo is a 28 day system for your skin. Here is the product description-
Peel to reveal smooth, even, and radiant skin! This easy to use, leave-on liquid nighttime face peel works to gently exfoliate skin surface cells and address multiple skin concerns: uneven skin texture, appearance of pores, wrinkles and fine lines, and dark spots. Inspired by fitness interval training, Visionnaire Crescendo™ alternates between two different formulas each with their own unique ingredient combination to be used over a 28-night period as part of an interval skin training experience. Start with Phase 1 for the first 14 nights, formulated with 5% bio-acids such as fruit acids and quinoa husk extract that works to reduce the appearance of pores, improve skin’s texture, and radiance. Then, switch to Phase 2 for the last 14 nights. Formulated with 10% derma-acids, including 0.5% salicylic acid and 9.5% pure glycolic acid, this phase reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. Repeat the 28-night skin interval training experience as desired.
After 1 night of using Phase 1: Skin feels smoother and is more radiant
After 3 nights of using Phase 1: Skin tone appears more even and fine lines are visibly reduced
After 14 nights of Phase 1: Pores appear reduced
After 28 nights of Phase 2: Wrinkles and dark spots are visibly reduced
Visionnaire Crescendo™ leaves skin feeling smooth and appearing more even, which is ideal for seamless makeup application.
The package also included Lancôme’s Bienfait UV SPF 50+ for the morning after. It is always best to use a high UV protection sunscreen after a face peel. The effects are similar to after a facial. Your skin is more sensitive to sunlight and susceptible to burning easily.
I began using the peel immediately after showering at night when my skin was completely clean and clear. I applied 4 pumps of the product evenly across my skin. Afterwards, I applied Pond’s face moisturizer. Moisturizer was recommended to increase comfort while using the product overnight. While the first night I did experience a little bit of a tingling feeling in my face from the new combination of acids resting on my skin, it was nothing uncomfortable. I’m sure the addition of moisturizer helped to play a role in that. The tingling feeling subsided by night two.
The next morning, I noticed immediately brighter skin. My face quite literally seemed to be glowing. I couldn’t believe it! It felt smoother as well. After using this product continually, I have noticed that my skin looks clear and feels smoother to the touch. However, after multiple days of use I did notice that my skin was getting red. I have sensitive skin and I think that the peel was starting to irritate it a bit. While I do like the product and thought it definitely has the potential to give great results, I probably would not use it everyday consecutively in order to keep the redness to a minimum. It might just not be the right peel for my skin. I do recommend this product to someone who does not have sensitive skin. Now that I have experienced how great a peel can be, I will be on the hunt for a great one for sensitive skin.
*Please note I received these products free from Influenster for testing purposes. However, these opinions are entirely my own.
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