Reviewed by Kathleen
I will be reaching one of the monumental ages this summer – 60 – and feel great about it. I have always enjoyed beauty products since I can remember, beginning with Ponds, Oil of Olay and then onto department store products and then the heavy hitters – Murad, SkinCeuticals and my favorites these days AQ Skin Solutions and E’shee (because I found TIA and Marta).
I would describe my skin as showing signs of aging, but it responds well to good products. I am on the drier side and can use oils without the threat of breakouts. I do have freckles and some hyperpigmentation, mostly on my hands and legs from being a baby oil sun bather in my teens and early 20s.
I was aware of Osmotics and felt the line was well thought out, so I was open to trying the Micro Peel Resurfacing System ($86). My expectations were that it would brighten and lighten my skin, and diminish lines over time.
The trial was a night regime for four weeks with a three-step process. The instructions were easy to follow, and the process was not lengthy. After the first time I used the set, I wondered if I was seeing things or did my skin actually look brighter. Second night – no, I was not imagining it, my skin did look clearer… clarifying action was happening.
On the third night, I noticed a little tightening effect. I followed the product’s instructions, which said to use every night for about a week. I did start to see irritation and felt drier, so I alternated nights. I was still more dry than I would have liked, so I started to use the Resurfacing System as a weekly peel and that worked better. I especially liked the charcoal mask for the brightening and lightening effect. I did research on the ingredients and found the following questionable: Phenoxyethanol, Ceteareth-20 and Lauramidoyl Inulin.
Overall, I enjoyed the product and the longer I used it, the greater the brightening effects I saw. I would purchase this in the future and use as a weekly peel. I have tried other Osmotics products and feel they deliver in a quiet, steady way.
Ingredients for Exfoliating Charcoal Mask: Water, Glycerin, Mannan, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Charcoal, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris Extract, Arctium Lappa Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Extract, Salvia Officinalis Extract, Quercus Alba Extract, Calendula Officinalis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Peppermint Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine
Ingredients for Collagen Boosting Micro Peel: Water, Cyclomethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract, Mangifera Indica Pulp Extract, Musa Sapientum Pulp Extract, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Emulsifying Wax NF, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, PPG-12, SMDI Copolymer, Lauramidoyl Inulin, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Ingredients for Protective Barrier Cream: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Emulsifying Wax NF, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Alisma Plantago-Aquatica Extract, Glycerin, Ceramide, Dimethicone, Cholesterol, Ergothioneine, Saccharide Isomerate, Stearic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine