Pixi Peel & Polish ($24) is a new hybrid chemical slash physical facial exfoliating scrub that contains 6% lactic acid. I admit I had some reservations about Peel & Polish because I have dry skin and anyone who has dries skin knows that exfoliating can be a double-edged sword. Of course, as a dry skin girl I want to deflake and scrub away dead skin cells but I also hate doing it because it tends to strip my skin and leaves it feeling tight and two sizes too small. There’s so much irony in the exfoliating process for a drier skin girl or guy.
Recently, I tried out Vichy Double Glow Peeling Mask which was supposed to act as a both a physical and a chemical exfoliating mask. The idea was to smear it on your face and wait for the enzymes to eat away at dead skin cells. After a few minutes you can head to the sink, add a little water, and gently scrub to polish up skin. A pretty brilliant concept but sadly, it didn’t quite have enough scrubbing power.
Pixi Peel & Polish waltz into my life with the same idea and I had some doubts it would actually work. It contains a host of natural fruit enyzymes that act to loose up dead skin cells as well as lactic acid. The process is the same as Vichy’s formula, smear it on, wait a few minutes, head over to the sink, scrub, and rinse.
Does it work?
It’s actually game changing for me.
I’ve used many, many different exfoliating scrubs in my life and most are terribly disappointing because they make me feel crazy dry and tight. Pixi Peel & Polish not only didn’t strip my skin but it literally gave me the smoothest skin of my life. I do not want to be without this stuff, ever, never. Pixi houses this one up in a pale peach tube that’s 2.71 oz in size and $24 dollars.
To use it just apply a quarter size amount all over your face and sit around for five minutes. Apparently, that five minute period gives the enzymes time to activate. ENZYME MODE ACTIVATED! I experienced a mild tingle but nothing dramatic however, if you have sensitive skin you might want to do a patch test prior to smearing it all over your face. After my five minutes was up I headed on over to the sink, add a little water, and gently scrubbed. I believe you can actually gently scrub while applying it as well should you like. It’s a grainier scrub so I did it with water as it helped loosen up the scrub and it felt a little gentler doing it this way. They apparently use sugar extracts that act to polish skin which is also on the ingredients but it actually felt grainier and and harsher than your typical sugar scrub. Keep in mind that if you’re prone to redness or sensitive skin that this might not work out for you as it does seem rather ideal for drier skin but might be a little too strong and harsh for sensitive types.
So, what happened after I applied, scrubbed, and rinsed? Well, first off the results are visible. My duller skin looked crazy bright and incredibly smooth! I mean if I looked in my magnifying mirror I could see how much smooth my skin looked. What else happened? My moisturizer melted into my skin. My skincare just applied incredibly well and absorbs so easily. I felt like I was applying a fluffy moisturizer to my skin after scrubbing with this as it felt so light and absorbed so easily into my skin. Not to mention my skin felt bouncy and plush to the touch. The next morning my skin was still looking brighter and my freaking foundation and blush applied so perfect and flawless. When you’re working on such a smooth surface your makeup ends up looking ridiculous incredibly. And one of the best things of all was the fact it didn’t strip my skin or leaving me tight and dry after using it.
Needless to say the results were incredible. It’s possibly the best scrub I’ve ever used in my life. I did have one issue with it though….
It has a really strong perfume-y cucumber fragrance that I absolutely hated. Yuck! But I’m willing to cope with it for these results.
Pixi Peel & Polish is a game changing way to exfoliate your face. If you have drier skin this one isn’t to be missed. Sensitive users beware though as it can be a pretty potent scrub! As for me, I’m buying a case of this stuff ASAP. I’m all about the smoother, brighter, and softer skin it gave me.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polylactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Beraclay Light Red, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglceryl-3 Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Polyglceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol.