My latest adventure in skincare was experiencing Become Age Resistant Reveal Enzyme Peel ($49). It sounded a little scary at first... an enzyme peel?! Yikes, would my face dissolve into a puddle?
Well, not exactly – but this product was so harsh on my skin. The instructions say to use it up to 3 times a week. I began there. After around four uses, my face was starting to look a little red and was dryer than normal. I switched to twice a week. The irritation and dryness persisted, now accompanied by angry red dots that resembled tiny stings or bites.
I used it once more, for one week, but perhaps I was past the point of no return because my face felt slightly burned. I had to cease all exfoliation, including my Clarisonic, for a good week to 10 days.
Suffice to say, I did not care for Become Reveal Enzyme Peel. But I wasn’t sure if it was really such a bad product, or just a bad match with my 48-year-old skin. I gave what remained of the jar to my 36-year-old neighbor to see how younger skin reacted. So far (she’s used it three times), she hasn’t had the same reaction. She reported that the first time she used it, she thought her face felt a bit tighter, but since then she hasn’t noticed anything at all.
This product uses fruit acids to exfoliate, hopefully to reveal a younger you. It encompasses papaya, cucumber, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit seed and grapefruit peel oil. All this acid is meant to be balanced with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans, which are in the top five on the ingredients list. This didn’t work for me. Or maybe my skin was reacting to the butylene glycol, which is the second ingredient.
The peel has a gel-like consistency, sort of like pumpkin innards but smoother. It spread smoothly and evenly. The fragrance was light and non-offensive. The instructions are to spread the gel over your face and then rub it in, until you feel a sandy, gritty texture. Then it starts to roll up under your finger in to little bits. This is meant to be the exfoliation, but I think it was just the gummy product pilling. It was messy, getting in my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes. I found this really gimmicky and unconvincing.
I surfed around Become’s website and it seems this may be Australia’s version of Mary Kay. The line was started by a woman who wanted to provide luxe skincare to women in remote locations at a reasonable price. She is enlisting a team of people who want to work from home and earn large salaries.
While exfoliation is a useful method towards healthy-looking skin, Become’s Reveal Enzyme Peel went way too far for me. I didn’t try it on the dry or callused parts of my feet, but that’s where I feel this might be appropriate. For the more delicate face, I would suggest the Snowberry Nourishing Exfoliator ($96). This leaves your face soft and gently glowing, not red and burning.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Hyaluronic Acid, Glycosaminoglycans, Papain, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Phenoxyethanol, CapRylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum