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Forget the abrasive scrubs, 2018 is all about using fruit enzymes to peel away the top layer of dermis on the facial area. Effective and gentler than most scrubs, they are part of the K-Skin phenomena.
And LiveStrong have explained the science behind it all…
Fruit acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid, or AHA. When applied topically, fruit acids have a rejuvenating effect on skin. They are found in various concentrations in a number of acne and anti-aging treatments, including both over-the-counter and professional-grade facial peels.
Fruit acid is a mild chemical exfoliant that works by penetrating and breaking apart the uppermost layer of skin. This facilitates the removal of dead and damaged surface cells and exposes the newer, healthier layer of skin underneath. The amount of exfoliation that occurs during a fruit acid peel depends on factors like AHA concentration and the presence of other cosmetic ingredients.
Fruit acids are naturally derived from a variety of sources. Those commonly used in facial peels include malic acid from apples and pears, citric acid from oranges and lemons, and tartaric acid from grapes. A fourth well-known AHA, glycolic acid, is frequently categorized as a fruit acid, but it is actually derived from sugarcane, a type of tall grass.
AHA peels encourage cell turnover to help fade surface imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging skin. Peels also help maintain younger-looking skin by boosting the production of collagen and elastin. As a treatment for acne, fruit acids work to dry up excess sebum and unclog blocked hair follicles. Fruit acid peels are relatively gentle, and even the strongest treatments must be repeated to achieve the desired results. Studies conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University and Massachusetts General Hospital suggest that over time, the use of AHA products result in smoother, more evenly pigmented skin.
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask is a cult-favourite peel mask with a potent active complex that renews and refines skin. It dramatically improves skin tone and radiance while minimising pore size, reducing congestion and smoothing the appearance of fine lines.
A blend of Glycolic, Lactic, Citric and Tartaric Acids, sourced from extracts of Pineapple, Passion Fruit, Lemon and Grape, work with Papain from Mexican Papaya to deeply exfoliate, decongest and purify the skin thereby smoothing skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Omega 3 and 7 nourish, soothe and repair the skin to ensure skin remains calm and soothed.
• Removes dead skin cells to renew the complexion.
• Skin looks brighter, healthier, more radiant.
• Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Combats congestion, blackheads and blemishes.
How to use:
Apply a generous amount onto clean skin over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 10 minutes. Dampen the enclosed cloth and gently wipe off the mask. Rinse skin with warm water. Slight tingling may be experienced during application. Use weekly. Not recommended for sensitive skin or for use just after shaving.