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Alpha hydroxy acid from Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer
Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Oily Skin
September 5, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

The quest continues for low cost, yet effective alpha hydroxy (or glycolic) serum that I can recommend alongside IMAGE Skincare's pricey and hard to find version. While waiting for Reviva's Glycolic Acid Renaissance Cream to arrive, I found in a local health store a bottle of Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer With 8% Alpha Hydroxy. At $8.99, it is almost ten times cheaper than IMAGE.

Since I have found that you often get what you pay for, I was prepared to be disappointed. However, preliminary testing on my neck and chest suggest that this skin brightening exfoliator may punch above its weight in dollars. It has a fresh peachy smell and the combination of fruit acids (including malic from apples and tartaric from grapes and bananas) and moisturizing emollients, shea and squalane make this a two in one brightener and moisturizer. Perhaps this will be my new neck cream. I'll report back after a few weeks of use.

In the meantime, I read a nice story about Kiss My Face the other day. The founders, an ex talent agent and flight attendant, started out selling someone else's olive oil soap. They now have a $75m business and 55 employees on a farm in upstate New York. What impressed me though was their reaction to a letter from an American soldier in Kuwait who told them that the KMF shaving cream had taken up precious space in his rucksack only to prove to be junk. They pulled the product and reformulated it.

In recent years I have rarely bought a Kiss My Face product. They just didn't stand out enough and always seemed to mix the natural ingredients with chemicals. Peaches & Creme looks as if Kiss My Face has moved on and has found how to make a good, effective product that is almost all natural and does no evil. Almost.... If the founders really do listen perhaps they will hear my plea to skip the parabens in the next batch.


Water Purified, Mixed Fruit Extracts of Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate (Coconut Derived Emollient), Emulsifying Wax (Coconut Derived Emulsifier), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate (Vegetable Derived Emulsifier), Coco Caprylate/Caprate (Coconut Derived Emollient), Glycerin (Vegetable Emollient), Safflower Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Shea Butter, Squalane (Olive Oil Derived Moisturizer), Aloe Vera Gel, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Allantoin, Lecithin, Peach Leaf Extract, Lemongrass Extract, Orange Blossom Extract, Sugar Cane Extract, Citrus Pectin Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Vegetable Derived Preservative)

  • May 27, 2012

    by denise

    I actually got Kiss My Face Alpha Hydroxy a few day's ago at an estate sale, of all places.. The truth that wisdom comes with age must be true, as the sale was due to an elderly ladies passing. (bless and rest her soul) Anyways onto a happier note: I used it twice and noticed right away that all my black heads were surfaced and easy to remove. I have also had a major issue with them being deep with in my skin and not able to remove them. So I am quite delighted with this product, although my next purchase I truly doubt will be only 25 Cents.

  • September 8, 2009

    by marta

    Hi Asya,
    I remember Niall leaving a comment a while ago saying us ladies tend to overdo exfoliation. I use the Clarisonic 4-5 times a week and the AHA lotion about 3 times. But then I also use an exfoliating cleanser at least once a week. So when you start to add it all up.... I shall do some more research on this.

  • September 8, 2009

    by Asya

    Yes, it does, I understand the difference between "shedding" what's already dead, and consciously creating a trauma to stimulate the natural healing processes in the skin.
    Is three times a week exfoliation what's generally recommended? Having in mind all the cleaning we do night and morning, plus Clarisonic, I am still wondering if we are not overstimulating (or chewing on new skin) by applying acidic serums over the night... there must be quite a lot of dead cells out there to be sloughed... :-)

  • September 7, 2009

    by admin


    I think that relatively gentle AHAs used about three times a week are really just helping to slough off cells that are already dead or on their way out. A professional chemical peel (or laser, prescription retinols etc) is speeding up the cell renewal process by creating a trauma that encourages cells to renew more quickly. Does that make sense?

  • September 7, 2009

    by Asya

    Hi Marta,

    You seem to be using regularly exfoliating acids like alpha hydroxy and others, promoting quicker cell renewal. I wanted to ask you doesn't that work in the end like retinol and speed up our arrival at the hayflick limit?

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