Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant: The Best Face Mask for Softer Skin

The best face mask for brighter, softer, smoother skin: Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel Exfoliant.

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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.

BENEFITS

• Dual exfoliator combines vitamin C flakes + natural seeds to buff skin
• Skin instantly feels softer and looks brighter
• Allergy-tested
• Dermatologist-tested
• 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:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Exclusive: one of the few warming face masks on the market that contains Vitamin C
  3. 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.
  4. Fragrance: I have sensitives to citrus and though this has a light citrus smell, it is very faint and not overpowering.
  5. 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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Facebook Live Video is So Overrated!

What’s the next big wave for growing your online brand? Facebook Live Video is so overrated! Let’s talk about what the future of social media will be.

Facebook Live Video is So Overrated!

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The key to successful social media marketing is not only staying abreast and adapting to technical changes or advancements but it’s also finding your voice and strengthening it. I personally HATE Live Facebook videos for so many reasons! Do I feel they can help some people? Yes but they are not for everyone — I happen to be part of the rising number.

Here’s why I hate Facebook Live Video:

  1. Time-consuming – I can’t fast-forward to the meat
  2. Pushed down our throats – I literally have multiple friends all going live at once, I’d have to try to figure out who’s really talking about something and not just pushing their business
  3. Can’t multitask – no I won’t be pressing a 1, 2, 3 or whatever else you instruct me to do because I probably won’t even be holding my phone
  4. Too salesy – Facebook has now even included a way to mark the video as spam WHILE it’s occurring so obviously many others have a problem with this as well

At the time of this audio, I didn’t realize Gary Vaynerchuk had made a blog months ago about the same thing. I was in the process of uploading the audio to this blog and saw he made a Facebook post today addressing the same thing. If you’d like to check out his article, please read The Rise of Audio & Voice.

Gary explains it from a numbers perspective and I’m explaining it from more of a psychological/consumer standpoint.

I think it’s the perfect example of “if it doesn’t make dollars, it doesn’t make sense.” LOL lame humor, I know — we’re all allowed to have our moment.

Alternatives to Facebook Live Video:

  1. Facebook Live Audio – let’s users know they don’t have to give undivided attention
  2. Blog
  3. Podcast
  4. Webinar
  5. Downloadable PDFs
  6. Conference Call
  7. Facebook/Instagram/SnapChat stories — usually shorter in length so you get to the point and get audience engaged
  8. YouTube

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How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in the Winter

Do you have dry skin or live in cold climate? Check out these quick tips to keep your skin moisturized and healthy!

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With the First Day of Winter right around the corner — Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM CDST to be exact, I’ve noticed the weather has already cooled down here in Chicago.

With the blistering temps, wind and snow (yes already!), the cold has a nasty little way of sucking up almost every ounce of moisture and making you look and feel drier than the Sahara Desert.

Seasonal acne is also more common during this time due to the colder temperatures — the drier your skin, the more it tells your body to produce more oil — making it easier for bacteria to breed. If you notice more pimples than usual, it’s not your fault — blame it on the cold; however, finding the proper moisturizing products can help 🙂

A common mistake that we all make, at some point, is skipping our skincare routine because we are not outside as much as we were during those beautiful summer months.

Fact: the sun is still out in the winter. Earth is actually closer to the sun in January and farther away in July! So yes, you still NEED sunscreen to prevent further damage.

Though I don’t experience breakouts often, I have noticed that my oily skin has switched to normal/dry in the past few weeks. There is a difference between skin type and skin condition. You are born with a certain skin type but environmental factors such as the weather can affect it — meaning the condition of your skin is subject to change BUT this does not change your overall skin type. The condition of your skin can change numerous times so don’t feel bad if you’re switching out some of your staple products. With that being said, I’m actually switching out my oily skincare products for some more moisturizing winter-proof items.

Let’s talk about it, babes!

Tips to keep your skin moisturized during the winter:

Gentle Cleanser

As you all know, I am in love with my daily scrub. It makes my skin look and feel so good. My skin looks so CLEAR. No dirt. No ash. It was like my skin was “alive.” It gave me that nice squeaky-clean feeling but in the wintertime, I noticed my skin felt a little dry — it was so “tight” after I rinsed off. Last year, I refused to give it up because I was so happy with my results. I did NOT want to go back to looking like one of the actors from the Walking Dead :/ Instead of suffering with dry skin, I made sure to include a toner to help restore my natural pH balance.

I recently discovered another facial cleanser that has similar properties and promises. It was a cream that promised to cleanse the skin of dirt, oil and impurities, help reinforce skin’s protective moisture barrier to keep skin feeling resilient and prep skin for moisturizer. It said it would improve skin tone and texture and it was suited for normal/dry skin which is perfect for me!

Interesting thought: this cleanser does not “foam”; however, cleansers that foam/lather have an alkaline pH. Our skin has an acidic pH. The alkalinity can strip away your skin’s acid mantle which prevents it from retaining moisture — thus making it more susceptible to drying out.

Soap-free and non-lathering cleansers usually have a neutral pH which doesn’t disrupt the skin’s acidity level and is less drying.

The Anew Clean Comforting Cream Cleanser & Mask is a cream that doesn’t have much lather but makes your skin feel softer and moisturized when applied. I don’t feel as though I’m striping my skin of it’s natural oils but I still feel clean.

Anew Clean Comforting Cream Cleanser & Mask

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While waiting on my new cleanser, I used my micellar water instead of my scrub daily as it was more gentle and toned my skin at the same time.

Exfoliate

Now this step is NOT optional! Exfoliation is key. It helps to remove dead skin cells which in turn, makes it easier for your skin to absorb the treatments and moisturizers you use later. I suggest gently exfoliating and not as often as you would in summer months. If you exfoliate three times a week, try twice. If you exfoliate twice, try once a week. Of course, everyone’s skin is unique so listen to your skin and make adjustments.

For this step, I didn’t need to get any additional items. I already had my refining daily scrub and Anew Clinical Extra Strength Retexturizing Peel pads.

You can either use a physical exfoliant which has a grainy texture (think scrubs) or use chemical exfoliant such as AHA or BHA. Personally, I found the chemical exfoliant to be less drying. You use it AFTER you cleanse your face and it’s usually packed with other vitamins and nutrients to help maintain moisture.

With that being said, to help lighten a few of my acne scars and gently exfoliate, I chose to use the pads once per week.

The Retexturizing Peel pads state they’ll reveal fresher, smoother, more radiant looking skin, improve texture and radiance, minimize the appearance of sun spots/fine lines/post-acne marks and also contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

Honestly, I just loved how moisturized my skin felt afterwards but I did notice my skin looked more vibrant.

Anew Clinical Extra Retexturizing Peel

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Toner

Now this step seems VERY optional for a few people; however, I have personally come to know and love my toner. First, let me just dispel the rumors that toner is ONLY for oily people. Lately, many toners have been created without drying alcohols; therefore, ANYONE can use them — yes, even you with the dry skin.

The primary function of toner is to help restore the skin back to its native pH level which is great if you use a lot of drying cleansers. It also helps to remove dirt, makeup, oil or dead skin cells that the cleanser missed.

There are many toners on the market. I’d personally recommend a toner that is actually moisturizing which leads me to the photo below. I personally LOVE this toner! It makes my skin feel clean and moisturized.

Pro tip: moisturizers and serums are easily absorbed on damp skin in the winter. Try to apply them right after your toner.

Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner

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Anew Clean Revitalizing Toner

Treatment

Let me be the first to say that I am NOT a serum or even treatment type of girl. I like to keep my skincare regimens simple BUT my skin seems to disagree with me especially lately. So no more cleanser and out the door!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t skeptical to try a new serum. It’s just something about the word “serum” that makes me think that it’s going to be heavy and uncomfortable. I like the lightweight and “airy” feeling.

Yet, they say try a hydrating serum to help boost and seal in moisture. Now the added benefit to this serum is that it has anti-aging properties. Reluctantly, I tried this serum but I was pleasantly surprised by how light it feels and how easily I could use my moisturizers on top!

Anew Power Serum

Anew Power Serum
Anew Power Serum

Moisturizer

As stated previously, the sun is still out in the winter and could potentially be more dangerous than it is in summer months; therefore, it should not come as a surprise when I mention getting an AM moisturizer that has a higher SPF.

This moisturizer is perfect for sensitive skin as it is fragrance- and oil-free. It promises to help heal environmental damage while also offering up to 24 hours of moisture!

Anew Skinvincible Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50

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Overnight Cream

If you’ve ever spoken to a skincare fanatic, you’ve probably heard us say “day cream/lotion helps protect the skin while night creams help repair the skin.” Yes, day creams can also help repair; however, the body’s strongest healing properties are when it’s at rest.

Just like the day lotion mentioned above, the deep recovery cream is fragrance- and oil-free. It is suitable for sensitive skin and also has anti- aging properties! This is suitable for daily use after cleansing at night.

Anew Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream

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Overnight Mask

Just like the overnight cream mentioned above, night creams are great for dry skin! With this Overnight Hydration Mask, you actually don’t need to use it as often.

This hydration masks says that it will boost the skin’s moisture up to 3x instantly and hydrate the skin for up to 48 hours! It also has anti-aging properties so it will help with fine and dry lines as well as overall dryness. It is fragrance-, paraben- and oil-free so great for those with sensitive skin.

If your skin is incredibly dry, you can actually use this on top of your night cream.

Anew Clinical Overnight Hydration Mask

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Is your skin seriously dehydrated? This new line doubles hydration levels instantly and retains moisture for 72 hours!

Bonus tip: for overall moisture, as soon as you exit the shower, apply your body cream to damp skin to help seal in moisture.

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