Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish
Canada recently started carrying Pixi Beauty and Skintreats line in Shoppers Drug Mart. According to Pixi, the Peel & Polish (C$38) is an enzyme peel that resurfaces to reveal softer and smoother skin. It claims to have natural fruit enzymes to help loosen dead skin cells, 6% lactic acid that exfoliates, and cellulose peels to help with dullness. Do I think it lives up to its claims? Read on to find out.
The Peel and Polish comes out looking like a thin pale pink paste with little gritty beads to use for exfoliation. What intruiged me about this product is the concentration of lactic acid in it. I know that glycolic acid works very well on my skin (I use the Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Face Wash), and lactic acid is known to be the gentle counterpart of Glycolic acid, so I thought I would give this product a try.
Although I really enjoy the scent of this product and it is a fairly easy mask to apply, I did not see results from this mask. The first time I used it, my skin felt slightly smoother afterwards, but nothing significant. If you would like to incorporate a chemical exfoliator in your skincare routine, I recommend purchasing the Pixi Glow Tonic, which has 5% glycolic acid. Both items are fairly expensive, but the Glow tonic is much more worth the investment in my opinion.
The Peel and Polish has a light fruity fragrance that doesn’t bother me at all, but may bother those who are sensitive to scents.
The consistency of the Peel and Polish is very thin, so it will spread on the face smoothly. Since it has a high concentration of lactic acid, it will most likely sting when it is first applied to the face, quickly calming down and feeling comfortable. After 5-10 minutes, it will dry down and that is when you can wash it off.
I have tried waiting a short 5 mintes (as advised on the packaging), to waiting half an hour, but regardless of the weartime, the Peel and Polish did not do anything significant for my skin.
Although the Pixi Peel and Polish comes in a fairly cheap looking plastic squeezy tube, it is convenient because it is travel-friendly and hygenic. The screw-on cap will not accidentally come off or break.
Overall, I don’t think that this product is worth the splurge. If it were more affordable, I would most likely recommend it because I love layering chemical exfoliators in my skincare routine; however, since it is nearly as expensive as a high-end skincare brand, I would not repurchase or recommend the Pixi Skintreats Peel and Polish if you are like me and you have used more intense concentrations of chemical exfoliators in the past. If you are new to acids and you’d like to try lactic acid, this would be a good option, because there are very few products in the market that contain lactic acid and are readily available.