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I received my Osmotics Micro Peel Skin Resurfacing System ($86) last March. I’ve tried a lot of brands in the past; different kinds of scrubs, peels, and at-home microdermabrasion systems, but they left little to no results – plus, they left my skin red, raw, irritated and more sensitive than before. The Osmotics Micro Peel System (OMPRS) is a three-step skincare system designed to be used as a nighttime regimen, so I thought it was pretty convenient already.
For the record, I’m 29 years old with oily-to-combination skin (which can get drier or oilier, depending on the weather), with few to moderate hormonal breakouts, depending on my menstrual cycle, and visible pores and minor acne scars. I’m generally tolerant of most skincare products and have no sensitivity to cosmetics. I just find that I’m sensitive to scrubs and peels, so I pretty much avoid them – until now, that is. I’m nearing my 30s, so I figured a boost in skin turnover could only help. I wanted a peel or an exfoliator that was gentle enough for my skin and would yield good results – keeping breakouts at bay, fading acne scars/minor dark spots, and resulting in smoother skin with less visible pores.
I used OMPRS as my nighttime regimen, starting with the Exfoliating Charcoal Mask, which I apply on my cleansed face. I leave it on for a couple of minutes and rinse with warm water. I then follow with the Collagen Booster Micro Peel, and afterwards I seal everything with the Protective Barrier Cream.
I used it every night for the first week until I noticed a slight redness on my cheeks (I wasn’t scrubbing harshly at all). My skin didn’t feel raw, so I continued to use the product every other night going forward. The redness cleared up and I noticed that my skin actually felt smoother in the morning!
By the end of the second week, I began to notice a slight peeling on my acne scars and increased my usage of sunblock to avoid dry patches. By the fourth week, I noticed that the little stubborn breakouts on the side of my face had dried up; my skin was renewed and clearer. I still have visible pores but my face is smoother and I hardly wear foundation/BB cream now, just my regular sunblock.
My favorite products in the system would have to be the Exfoliating Charcoal Mask and the Collagen Booster Micro Peel. I like the mask because it deep cleanses my skin and the cooling effect is absolutely refreshing to use, especially since we’re experiencing very hot summer weather here in the Philippines. I like the peel simply because it works; the exfoliating AHAs, green tea and vitamin C really do their job. I find that it’s relatively gentle compared to the previous peels that I’ve tried.
The Protective Barrier Cream was okay; it was quite moisturizing and I use very little of the product (pea-sized amount) to cover my face because it has dimethicone in it. I usually prefer serums/essences for night use, but I did not have any breakouts during the whole month that I have been using the Barrier Cream, so I guess that’s a good thing.
OMPRS contains phenoxyethanol in every product. I’m no expert when it comes to these things but this particular ingredient causes a bit of debate. Personally, I think that in-depth research needs to be done on this ingredient. I haven’t experienced any nasty side effects or reactions when I used OMPRS. Therefore, overall, I am pleased with Osmotics. It certainly boosted my skincare regimen and fulfilled all the requirements I was looking for in an exfoliating system – it’s gentle, yet effective.
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