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Let me just start off by saying this is not your typical review.
If you think you’re going to have to get all the way down to the bottom to determine whether or not I approve of the Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant, sorry to disappoint.
In short, my answer is yes. Yes, I tried the Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant for the first time yesterday which also happened to be my birthday and I approve. Follow along if you’d like to know more and I’ll also share some things I did not like about this peel just to be fair.
Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant
The Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant is new to the market. It hasn’t even been out for a complete month yet but you guys know me and my love for skincare 🙄 I had to try it 🤷🏽♀️
I’ve been recently experimenting with the Vitamin C Brightening Serum and figured I should also give this a go.
What Does the Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant Promise to Do
According to Avon, the invigorating warming face peel gently exfoliates your skin while delivering a warming sensation (when activated with water!) to open pores and remove impurities. 3.4 fl. oz.
• Dual exfoliator combines vitamin C flakes + natural seeds to buff skin
• Skin instantly feels softer and looks brighter
• Suitable for sensitive skin
Why Vitamin C
Vitamin C is great for decreasing dull tired skin and has also been known to help lighten dark spots. You all know my past with dull skin and of course, I’ve had a few blemishes so for those wondering my skin is not perfect; however, I have noticed major improvements with my skin and I’m proud of where I am.
My current skincare routine:
I am a big fan of simplicity. In the morning, I usually stick with micellar water and moisturizer. Post-workout or to remove makeup, I double cleanse with micellar water and my favorite refining scrub then I follow up with toner and moisturizer.
I exfoliate on Sundays and Wednesdays. This past Sunday, I figured why not go all out and really pamper myself like people weren’t waiting for me to go out and celebrate 🎉
After cleansing with my Anew Refining Daily Scrub, I followed up immediately with the Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant. I still had drops of water on my face from cleansing. According to the directions, water will help activate the peel and you will feel it begin to get warm.
What I Immediately Notice about the Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant:
The first thing I noticed other than the color of the exfoliant is the smell. I have allergies and citrus either causes me to flare up, have trouble breathing or itchy eyes. This exfoliant caused none of the effects though I could smell a very faint citrus-like (not full on citrus) fragrance. The consistency was a little thick and the texture has some grittiness but it wasn’t too textured where I feared it would be too abrasive. If I had to compare it to something, think of a cornbread batter. It didn’t feel like the typical micro-beds.
How to Apply the Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant:
The rundown: so I’ve had this peel exfoliant for five days and I’ve used it three times already: on the first day – once as directed and the second — well let’s just say you should always read directions before applying skincare products LOL
How I applied it on the first day: cleansed, while face was still damp, applied directly to my face so it immediately gave me a warming sensation. Left on for about a minute, removed and followed my normal routine plus applied makeup.
Got home. Used refining scrub to remove makeup and I noticed my skin was still soft from the morning application! Dried my face and applied the exfoliant (as directed). My face was still very soft.
The third time I used it was that following Wednesday. Please note: you should only use the exfoliant 2-3 times per week. Using it twice in one day was very risky to say the least!
According to the directions: shake tube prior to using. Smooth over face, avoiding eye area, and massage gently for up to two minutes. Rinse well with cool water and experience a warming sensation as formula opens pores. For best results, follow with Anew Vitamin C Brightening Serum.
Immediate Results with the Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant:
I noticed the exfoliant appears to be very opaque when applied to damp skin as opposed to dry skin. I believe this may be due to the fact it was easier to spread. Going back to my first impression, the consistency is a little thick like honey so if it’s diluted with the water droplets left on my face, it made it easier to smooth over and even reapply. Here’s my dry face after the second time I used the exfoliant (same day, two applications):
I am absolutely in love with how soft my skin feels! I don’t think my skin has ever felt this soft!
My Results Using the Vitamin C Peel Exfoliant:
What I didn’t like: In all fairness, I hate that it is called a “peel”. You cannot peel the exfoliant off. It is more like a dry rub that you put on your face and rinse off with water. It takes A LOT of effort to get it off and it can also discolor your sink (temporary).
What I liked:
- Effective: my skin felt baby soft after the first application and I noticed an old scar from a post-workout pimple appeared lighter. Word to the wise: don’t pick at blemishes.
- Exclusive: one of the few warming face masks on the market that contains Vitamin C
- Gentle: you should exfoliate 2-3 times per week; nothing more. I’ve used this peel exfoliant in the morning and then my favorite refining daily scrub at night to remove my makeup and my skin still felt moisturized from the first application. This formula is non-drying.
- Fragrance: I have sensitives to citrus and though this has a light citrus smell, it is very faint and not overpowering.
- Pocket-friendly: the average Vitamin C Peel for example, Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, usually runs about $58 at Sephora, Macy’s and ULTA. The Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel is $26 but the intro price is $14.99 plus you can sign up for 10% off here.
My overall score of the Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant: 9.5/10
I give it 9.5/10 and honestly, I may be a little too harsh on the scoring but hey! My opinion 🤷🏽♀️ They promised the exfoliant would make your skin feel softer. On the softness scale, I give it 10/10. They said it would also make your skin brighter. I’d also give it a 10/10. On the left side of my face, I have a birthmark. I never really pay that area too much attention. Immediately after I used the exfoliant, I noticed my overall face was brighter but the few blackheads that were near my birthmark were gone and the persistent pimple scar on my right cheek was significantly lighter. This was after the first application, with me using it incorrectly might I add!
Therefore, the product really does live up to it’s promises but I’m still somewhat disappointed in maybe the marketing/naming as well as the fact that it takes some time to remove. I don’t know if different sinks are more susceptible to staining (temporary) but the basement vanity did and the master did not so I guess I’m impartial 🤷🏽♀️
Why is it still a must-have? You can clean your sink and “peel” isn’t a make or break. I’m sure you’ve seen videos of girls crying while removing peels so it actually may be a good thing plus my skin has never felt this good. I am a believer.
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