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The arrival of PureCeuticals Multi-Enzyme Pumpkin Peel ($44) was perfectly timed with the coming of fall.
I’m a 40-something year old, with normal to combination skin, and some stubborn sun damage. (And yes I wear sunscreen!). I love a good mask, and this one excelled in performance, texture and scent. It is recommended to use this peel weekly, which I did for over four weeks. I was very pleased with this peel. The aroma is simply delicious—the pumpkin invoked fall leaves, pumpkin pie and crisp autumn days.
PureCeuticals promises that the Multi-Enzyme Pumpkin Peel -- recommended for all skin types except ultra sensitive skin -- will "...improve skin’s clarity and texture. Enzymes from pumpkin, pineapple and papaya will leave the skin looking renewed and radiant." So did it work as promised? Mostly, yes.
I applied a thin layer of the peel, which is creamy with some flecks of fruit in it, and left it on for the full ten minutes. I don't have sensitive skin, and I did not experience any tingling or redness. When the time was up, I massaged the peel into my skin to exfoliate with the fruit enzymes, and rinsed off. My skin was left looking smooth and glowing. I did not need to further moisturize, and the slight scent of pumpkin was left on my skin. This peel overall made my skin brighter, although I can’t say it significantly lightened my persistent dark spots.
Overall this one is a winner for me, and I would use it again. Note that this product does contain phenoxyethanol. This is an ingredient that I usually choose to avoid, but since this is a once a week peel, I’m willing to make an exception. You can read what Truth In Aging has to say about phenoxyethanol here.
Ingredients for SkinCeuticals Multi-Enzyme Pumpkin Peel: Cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) pulp, purified water (aqua), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, zea mays (corn) kernel meal / starch, alkyl benzoate, glycerine, pharmaceutical grade glycolic acid, bromelain (pineapple enzyme), papain (papaya enzyme), asafetida extract (water, butylene glycol, ethoxydiglycol, ferula foetida (asafetida) root extract), yeast extract (plant pseudocollagen), salix nigra (willow) bark extract, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, allantoin, panthenol, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E acetate), phenoxyethanol (and) caprylyl glycol (and) sorbic acid, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil and olibanum (frankincense) oil