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.


• 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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Additional reading:

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My First Ever Gold Peel Off Mask!

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My experience with the new gold peel-off mask:

Let me begin by saying I’ve never used a facial peel or mask before. After looking at those tragedies with the black masks and people almost taking their faces off, I decided against it 😂😂😂

I’d happily use my current skin care products that have changed my skin completely! Before, my skin was dull and lacked character. It was just like “blah.” Now, it’s brighter and my blemishes are almost all gone. How could I be any happier?

Then, Avon announced the new Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask. To be fair, Avon does offer other masks. I actually have the Beauty Boost Face Masks Set that I’ve been putting off trying for the last couple of months. Yet, when I saw the new gold peel-off mask, I had to try it! It’s GOLD! The gold screamed my name.

I placed my order on Monday and it arrived Thursday.

Peel off face mask
Anew Ultimate Gold Peel Off Mask

Note: at the time of this review, the mask is not available to the public. It will be available online beginning April 18, 2018. You can register for a discount on your order on any products using my coupon code. Click here to register online.

When it’s available, you can purchase it online here.

Product Description:

Look radiant after using the luxurious gold mask. Infused with a youth-boosting complex of vitamin B3 and botanical extracts, the peel-off mask helps skin look smoother, brighter and more luminous than ever.


Benefits of the Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask:

• Makes the appearance of skin look lifted and tightened
• Leaves skin feeling hydrated
• Reduces the appearance of age spots
• Enhances skin clarity
• Visibly improves skin imperfections


How to Use the Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask:

Apply a thin, even layer on cleansed skin. Leave on until dry. Gently peel off. Rinse with warm water. Use 1-2 times a week.

How Did I Use the Mask:

  1. Cleansed face with Refining Daily Scrub ( I was a little nervous about this as I didn’t want to remove too much of my natural oils or irritate my skin)
  2. Used paper towel to remove excess water from face
  3. Poured the mask in my hand
  4. Applied the mask directly to my face with fingers
  5. Waited 3-5 minutes to peel off
  6. Went over face with retexturizing peel. It’s been a while since I’ve used these but figured it would help remove the slight residue from the mask
  7. Applied moisturizer

Note: the instructions on the mask call for you to rinse with water. This is very possible because my face did not feel weighed down or sticky. It just had the residue of film in some areas where I peeled it off but still felt clean. Kinda looked like when you use Elmer’s glue on your hands. Don’t ask how I know that lol

What is the consistency of the mask:

The mask feels like honey. Think of the thickness without the stickiness. I felt as though I had better control over applying it a little heavier even though the instructions say use a thin layer. That could also be because it dried fairly quickly. Most masks dry in about 10-20 minutes.


My initial review:

 At this time, I feel as though it’s too early to do a full review as I’ve only used it once. Some of the benefits that it promises usually take time to show. We’ll revisit in a month or so of continued use.

I’ll begin by saying I’m very happy and surprised that my skin isn’t irritated by the scrub, mask and retexturing peels. I can’t believe I used them all in one day 🤦🏽‍♀️. Moving forward, I’ll use my micellar cleansing water first or a gel cleanser so it’s more gentle on my face. Just a precaution.

Once I applied the mask, I was nervous. Moment of honesty here, I have facial hair that I haven’t removed it. I knew the mask would be gentle and I wouldn’t need to yank my face off BUT I thought about the hair. Think of when you’re ripping a band-aid off your arm. Ouch!

To my surprise, it didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t see any hair in the mask either lol

Initially, I felt the tightening of the mask and my skin felt hydrated. It’s about 2.5 hours after the peel and my skin still feels the same. I have combo/oily skin and the oil has yet to show it’s ugly little head; though, this may be my moisturizer working.

One thing is for sure: I know this is bad but I can’t stop touching my face. It feels softer and smoother.

My little plunder:

I accidentally placed the mask on some of my bottom lashes on both eyes 🤦🏽‍♀️ . Sounds crazy but I actually decided to keep it there versus immediately rubbing it. I didn’t want to smear it, make it spread and get into my eye. Also, I didn’t want to rub off the peel that was already drying on my cheek.

I peeled it all off at once and it didn’t even hurt when I removed it from my lashes. (Don’t try that at home.)

Final Verdict:

I recommend this to anyone who loves skin care and masks. It’s a definite must try; though I believe some of the benefits take time, I do love how soft, smooth and fresh my face looks and feels. To receive notification of when it’s available, click here.

EDIT (after second application):

You’ve read my initial review and since then, I’ve used it a second time — on April 15, 2018. A little over a week after the first time.

Here’s how I used it:
  1. Cleaned face with Anew Clean Micellar Cleansing Water
  2. Let face dry completely
  3. Applied Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-off Mask directly to face with hands
  4. Peeled off mask after 20 minutes
  5. Cleaned face with a damp papertowel
  6. Applied nutraeffects Balance Night cream (moisturizer)

My observation: I noticed when applying to a dry face, it was easier for me to apply it. It still felt as though I was applying a thick cream or honey but it didn’t take much effort to easily spread the mask.

I left the mask on longer this time. I felt like I put too much on my forehead so it took longer to dry. The longer the mask stayed on, the tighter my face felt. Who would’ve thought, right?

Once I removed the mask, my skin still felt tight. I couldn’t really do too much assessment as we were rushing out to see Rampage — I actually like the movie.

When we made it inside the movie theater, my mother-in-law couldn’t figure out what changed. She looked at me, kept smiling, studied my face and then said I was glowing. She was really trying to figure out what I’d done differently. She even asked if I had makeup on — I was completely bare face!

I honestly have to give the glowing face credit to the Anew Ultimate Gold Peel-Off Mask. Why? My mother-in-law has been seeing me at least 2-3 times per week without any makeup. She knows what my face looks like. Though I didn’t really have time to study my face, she noticed it instantly. It was the first thing she said!

Verdict: I will continue to use the mask. Though the instructions say up to twice per week. I intend to use every Sunday.