I recently picked up Vichy Double Glow Peeling Mask ($20) because I loved the idea of a formula that not only acted as a mask which chemically exfoliated but also one that acted as a physical facial scrub too. Sounds interesting right? But that’s apparently what the Double Glow Peeling Mask is all about. It uses fruit acids to remove dead skin cell but also contains crushed, ultra fine volcanic rock to exfoliate skin.
I’m always a little skeptical about fruit enzymes acting as a chemical peel but products like Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask and Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask have proved me wrong.
I always tell myself I should rely more on chemical style peels like Good Genes but I tend t revert back to physical ones. None the less, Vichy’s Double Glow Peeling Mask seem terribly intriguing because of it’s multitasking abilities.
Here’s my thoughts and review.
Vichy Double Glow Peeling Mask is actually one of three new masks that the brand introduced earlier this Spring. I purchased the 2.5 oz jar of this for $20 at Ulta and soon after that they released these single use packets of it for $3.50. I wildly recommend trying the $3.50 packet first because I wasn’t super impressed with it. Might as well try a small sample versus splurging a twenty and hating it yanno?
This is interesting but not interesting enough for me to want to repurchase it. I’ll use it all up for sure but I doubt I’ll consider purchasing it again.
I was slightly annoyed because this didn’t have an instructions when I purchased this. Nothing on the box explains how to use it. Not that you can’t look it up online but I was sitting tere with the jar in my hand in my bathroom rather to slather it on but had no idea how much to apply or how long to leave it on or whether I needed to use it on damp or dry skin. So, I had to close the jar, head to my office downstairs, and Google instructions. Maybe my box was just missing the directions but I thought I’d mention it anyway!
This is a gel-like consistency with a light fresh scent that you apply on dry skin and leave on for 5 minutes. I actually tried using it a variety of ways. First, as a thin layer and left on for five minutes. Another day, I tried using a more generous layer and again, left it on for five minutes. And finally I tried using a generous layer and leaving it on for ten minutes. After using it in a few different ways, I can safely say none of them really worked.
This is water-based facial mask that contains glycerin but there are a few items that might upset sensitive skin types such as silicone and citrus extracts. Not to mention it also contains alcohol which can dry skin out. It also apparently contains pumice but I’m not sure where exactly that comes into play but more on that later.
So, I’m always done with this. I’ve been using it once sometimes twice a week for about two months now. The first step is the slather it on and sit around for a while. I didn’t notice any burning or tingling during this time but keep in my mind that my skin is very resilient and doesn’t upset easily. It felt gentle to me. During the five minutes it didn’t set, harden, or tighten and thankfully, it didn’t drip down my neck either. After the five minutes are up I head to the sink to massage and scrub a little. Ok, so it does contain pumice but the pumice must be really, really, really, really fine because I honestly, do not feel this has a gritty or grainy texture. As a physical exfoliater it’s a big fan. The first time I applied it I thought that I was too generous with my application and the thickness made it difficult to remove and I didn’t feel any scrubbing action as I massaged and rinsed it off. The next few times I went thinner but I had the same issues. It’s such a pain to wash off plus again, no grittiness.
Softer, smother skin? Not really. It does make skin feel plush and plump after rinsing and thankfully, I didn’t notice any tightness considering it does contain alcohol. But my drier areas and the flakiness that my cheeks are prone to having was still very much still there after using the mask.
I think I missed the dual peel action here.
Vichy Double Glow Peeling Mask might be worth checking out if you’re a curious skincare junkie but I suggest trying the sample pack before indulging in a full jar. The ingredients aren’t anything to rave about and the double peeling they promise just doesn’t quite work out.