With my current goal being to downsize the contents of my beauty cabinet(s), I’m on a strict self imposed spending ban. Actually, strike that – unpaid maternity leave has me on a spending ban full stop. And so, 2017 is the year I’m duly using up my stash, and noting my favourites to repurchase. The plan is to have a capsule everything – wardrobe, beauty regime, life. (Merely a notion, of course – I couldn’t be less minimalistic if I tried. But God does love a trier I hear.)
My first beauty repurchase will be Alpha-H’s Beauty Sleep Power Peel.
I reach for this above all else when I’m feeling and looking decrepid (basically 24/7 these days). At in or around €65-€75 depending on your dealer, it’s not the smoothest on your visa BUT it works. Or at least, it does for me. If you’re an acid skincare newbie – don’t let the ‘peel’ labelling put you off – There’s no fear of it doing a Samantha.
Alpha-H is the brand that brought you Liquid Gold, and their Beauty Sleep Power Peel should be just as revered. (To be honest, I’ve actually heard very little about it). This is an acid and retinol night time mask, to be used twice weekly – either on cleansed, dry skin or on top of a serum, with no need for your usual night cream. It promises to clarify, brighten, firm, tone, exfoliate, plump – the list is endless.
Retinol concentration wise we’re talking 0.5%, with 15% glycolic (impressive). The shortened version of the spiel is the glycolic acid will eliminate dead skin cells whilst you sleep (along with some fruit enzyme exfoliants), whilst the retinol stimulates the production of new skin cells. Making you hopefully look top dollah.
*Other ingredients include algae-derived chronody (triggers cell metabolism) and axolight (inhibits melanogenesis which in turn delays the development of dark spots and brightens skin). Then there’s the Neroli, Sandalwood and Rosemary – their aim being to promote a good night’s sleep (can’t say I noticed any difference there at all to be honest).
My Trial and Tribulation with the Stuff…
I’ve been using the mask for the past four months-ish.
After the first application, my face felt quite tingly, and looked quite pink, for in or around ten minutes post use. Your sensitivity to retinol will depend on your previous use of the stuff. I wasn’t a newbie – but had avoided it for a good year due to pregnancy.
The following morning my skin felt (slightly) drier – but looked smoother (I think!). With each use since, I haven’t noticed that drying side effect – although if I’ve forgotten about the mask for a week or two the tingling sensation after use can reappear. And by tingling, I mean just that – not burning or painful.
I’ve been using the Beauty Sleep Power Peel for a decent four months now, and honestly can’t be without it. For me (my skin is normal/dry and gets dehydrated ever so quickly!) this is essentially a decent night’s sleep in a jar. The main results I notice in the morning are its brightening and plumping effect. I’m addicted – so much so I literally have to phase its twice weekly usage to co-incide with any bit of a social life I may have – otherwise I’d be slathering myself in the stuff morning, noon and night.
Before discovering this, Image’s Vital C Enzyme Mask was my go-to for a quick fix when my skin was looking a tad dull. That or Dermalogica’s Power Recovery Masque. Whilst I’m still a fan of both, their results pale in comparison with the Power Peel. It’s just a given I’ll wake with a plumper, brighter complexion. Plus there’s no need for a fancy shmancy ten step routine with it.
As with any retinol product, you must wear a high factor SPF daily. Retinoids and retinol are photo-inactivated – meaning exposure to direct sunlight hinders them inactive. Also, because they regenerate new skin cells, your skin will be (a lot) more sensitive to sunburn. Ditto acids – Glycolic can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity to up to 50%. Meaning, SPF is an absolute essential.
You’ll find Alpha-H in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Hall, or else online from Cult Beauty, Cloud 10 Beauty, Alpha H, and Look Fantastic. When isn’t there a 20% discount code floating around for one of those I hear you say?!
Have you tried the Power Peel before? Lemme know… and come follow on Facebook whilst you’re at it!
*Full Ingredients List –
Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Euglena Gracilis Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Ceteath-20, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Carrageenan, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Parfum, Polysorbate 20, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Panthanol, Gluconolactone, Allantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maltodextrin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Calcium Pantothenate, Xanthan Gum, Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Urea, Magnesium Lactate, Papain, Ethylhexylglycerin, Calcium Gluconate, Alanine, Magnesium Chloride, Proline, Serine, Sodium Citrate, Limonene, Linalool