I stumbled upon this when I was looking for testers of the elusive Bobbie Cosmetics makeup line.
I didn’t realize it was a Maxi-Peel product at first. The packaging made it look like an organic-slash-natural product. Anyway, I picked it up because I check out almost anything literally green. After noticing the Maxi-Peel imprint, I wondered why something with tretinoin and hydroquinone would now be labeled Fresh and Natural — this only means one thing: it’s new.
Maxi-Peel Skin Purifier Ingredients
I got excited because it doesn’t have hydroquinone. I also got intrigued by the claim that it is neither a cleanser, a toner, nor an astringent.
“Skin Purifier.” Of course, we all know this is marketing but it’s nice to lose yourself every once in a while. You win this time, Splash Corporation.
Although, in my defense, this was not a totally thoughtless buy, look at the ingredients:
Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Niacinamide, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Glycerin, Caprilyc/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Retinol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Bisabolol Rac., Menthol.
It has a blend of acids, a few anti-irritants, and several antioxidants (retinol, sodium ascorbate, tetrahydrodiferuloymathane).
Almost everything in the list can be an active on its own. I’m no chemist so I don’t know how these ingredients work together. All I know is that this is a drying solution. Good news to folks who avoid parabens, there’s an upside to alcohol-based products, they don’t need preservatives.
As for the claims, I took them with a grain of salt. I’m diving in with no expectations apart from probable dry skin, micro-peeling, and redness. Hopefully, the tolerance I developed from tretinoin would be good enough prep for this (EDIT: But I still did a patch test before using it).
By the way, I’m taking a break from tretinoin for a while so I can try this out. I think this is meant to be used alone + just moisturizer or sunblock. I believe the “no other exfoliants allowed” rule applies to this.
Day 1 was Thursday night (October 30) and here’s the suggested way of using it:
I used it as instructed and all I can say is — this is scary stuff and should be likened to the Maxi-Peel exfoliant solution.
Wait, no, I think people should be more cautious with this.
On Day 1, I put about 4 drops on a cotton pad and I applied it on a freshly washed face. My skin immediately turned red and slightly inflamed. After a few more seconds, I felt a stinging-itchy sensation. I thought it was an allergic reaction… but I remembered that this is how a glycolic acid peel feels like. So, I calmed myself down and prepared a baking soda solution in case things get worse (baking soda mixed with water neutralizes acids, get this ready when you’re doing DIY peels or when dealing with acids. That way, you don’t erase your face).
After a couple more minutes, the redness and stinging-itchy-tingling sensation died down. I then put on an Olay face serum to serve as my moisturizer.
I woke up to a face that looks pretty much the same. No signs of irritation whatsoever.
This was supposed to be used morning and night, as it says on the back of the bottle. Uhmmm, heck no. I think this is too harsh to be used morning and night, especially on my first week.
Also, I tweaked the suggested routine.
On Day 2, I used it this way (and will probably stick with this game plan nightly, for the rest of the week):
- I applied it on a not-so freshly washed face.
In other words, I waited ’til my face was no longer damp (i.e., completely dry) before applying the solution.
- I transferred a few of the contents in an opaque spray bottle.
I think the dropping thing is dangerous. Liquid soaks the cotton pad when you do the drop strategy. Spraying disperses the solution evenly and prevents soaking the cotton pad. It’s also easier to control how much product you dispense by spraying it on (*never spray it directly on the face and try not to inhale the product).
- I swiped it ONCE on each area of my face, applying no pressure on the skin.
- I put on moisturizer several minutes after. I still used the Olay Face Cream + Serum.
I didn’t experience itching and stinging on Day 2. No redness either.
try to post an update after a week. Wish me luck!
Please click here for the one-week use update: Maxi-Peel Skin Purifier First Week Update.