With the exception of those with sensitive skin and/or avoiding Alpha Hydroxy Acids for other personal reasons, I do think that there is some benefit to rotating AHA’s into your routine ever now again. Today I thought I’d share with you two such products from Ole Henriksen that I’ve been enjoying for the past few weeks.
Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel
This is a deluxe sample size, but I’ve previously owned full sizes of the *Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel. I think I featured it once in an empties post. Anyway, this is some good stuff. Described by the company as a “one-step express peel powered by lactic, glycolic and fruit acids that go to work to exfoliate and resurface skin”, it promises to “increase cell turnover, brighten skin tone and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. Formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Always sounds good, right?
The product comes with a flat, small brush that you can use to sweep the clear gel across the face and neck. While there is a very mild tingling sensation – I’ve never experienced any irritation. Perhaps due to the algae extract which supposedly “calms and soothes the skin”. Of course, like all of Ole Henriksen products it smells divine – fresh with a hint of aromatic citrus.
The day after is when you really notice the effects of this facial peel/mask. Without fail, I always walk around wondering why my face looks so clear and healthy every I catch glimpses of it in the mirror. Because, you see, I’ve forgotten that I used the peel. Then it hits me. And I’m wowed every time. Like a goldfish. 🙂
A full size of the Lemon Strip Flash Peel retails for $48.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.
Ole Henriksen Truth in Eyes
The Ole Henriksen Truth in Eyes Eye Peel is a “concentrate that’s a natural antidote for dark circles as well as fatigued and wrinkled eye tissue”. According to the company, this product is “truly revolutionary” because it is a very gentle exfoliating system developed for the fragile eye region. It contains glycolic and lactic acids, in addition to Vitamin C, micro algae, purified soy and rice bran peptides, as well as saccharide isomerate – an emollient that it suppose to reduce the dryness and irritation caused by the use of AHA’s. You are only meant to use this under the eyes and towards the temples, NOT on the lids.
Now, I will say that this can sting a little. And I don’t know if I would use it on a regular basis. In fact, I couldn’t find it on the Ole Henriksen website, so I’m not sure if it was discontinued. BUT, it does give me some pretty great results. As with the Lemon Flash Peel, the day after I use this, my eye area feels smooth and super soft. Eye makeup application is a dream. Over time, there is a slight decrease in the prominence of fine lines around my outer eye/temple.
A full sized 0.5oz tube retails for $42.00 USD.
Overall, I think that these are decent products. The Lemon Strip Flash Peel is one, in particular, that I recommend if you’re looking to incorporate AHA’s in your skincare routine.
What’s your favourite skincare brand or product?
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