SINGAPORE — When it comes to peels, I’ve some hesitation when it comes harsh acid-based formula and scratchy ingredients that do nothing to my skin.
Most beauty products out in the market contain two types of exfoliating ingredients: alpha hydroxy acids (AHA, such as glycolic acid) or beta hydroxy acids (BHA, like salicylic acids). When you use a chemical peel, such agents are applied to your skin to exfoliate the surface of your skin. Now, depending on the ‘depth’ of such peels, you may experience reduced fine lines, wrinkles and skin discolouration. But the ‘deeper’ peels (that contain TCA-trichloroacetic acid) may cause severe exfoliation, thus harming the skin’s natural dermis.
Aesthetic treatments are another option, but they can be costly and not practical to some.
When I got hold of Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment, the treatment kit was very simple: inside contains four vials and a pipette. Each vial contains a mix of Idebenone (an anti-oxidant that protect cells from environmental aggressors), AHA and Polyhydroxy acid (PHA). PHA is a new chemical acid that is less irritating to skin and more moisturising due to its larger size molecules.
When used over a four-week programme, your skin is renewed, with the newly-revealed skin cells protected from harsh environment aggressors.
What’s my skin like
I am super sensitive to ingredients like AHA, and my skin reacts to Korean face masks (can you imagine!), so I threaded carefully. My skin woes include: tanned, dull skin colouration, with smile lines and wrinkles on my forehead.
How to use
I started off with the first vial for the first week. The application is easy: using your thumb, just push the orange cap down to release the Idebenone from the ampoule cap, so the ingredient will activate.
At night, after cleansing your face, use the pipette to collect enough cream for your whole face. You repeat this process daily, for one week, each time shaking the vial. Then you move on to the second week with the second vial. In the mornings, be sure to avoid direct sunlight and to also always apply sunscreen with SPF50++.
By second week, noticed brighter skin
I was well into my second week of treatment when I met a girlfriend I’ve not seen in a month. Veronica, who is Korean, who displayed a wonderful post-Maldives-holiday-glow, said this to me: “Despite your eye bags, your skin looks brighter!”
I was delighted! I did notice some considerably fresher tone, but nothing beats a girlfriend you’ve not seen for ages, to point out the obvious. And on a plus side, my skin did not react to any of the ingredients in this slow-peel treatment kit. Win!
This treatment kit is perfect for those who would like to prep for a special big event, without all that hassle.
The Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment kit retails at S$362 and is available at all Elizabeth Arden outlets: Elizabeth Arden ION Boutique, Robinsons The Heeren, Robinsons Raffles City, Robinsons JEM, OG Albert Court, OG People’s Park, BHG Bugis, Metro Paragon and Metro Centrepoint.