Suki Renewal Bio-resurfacing Facial Peel ($82.95) is like having an esthetician’s treatment at home. This wonderful, professional grade face mask gives my skin the refreshed clarity of a weekend away from it all. Suki Renewal is an exfoliating mask that closes the pores, removes dead cells and over time encourages collagen production.
With Suki’s signature sunshiny, citrusy scent, Renewal Bio-resurfacing Facial Peel is a pleasure to apply. There is an initial tingle, but my sensitive skin is able to keep the mask on for the full recommended 20 minutes. Upon rinsing, the immediate effects are glorious – tighter, smoother skin and a more radiant complexion.
Despite the name, Facial Peel, this mask will not make the skin actually peel or flake. Fruit enzymes are the active exfoliating ingredient Suki Renewal. They work very differently from scrubs such as pulverized walnut shells or oatmeal or alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) such as lactic and glycolic acid. Enzyme exfoliants are known for their ability to gently break down the bonds holding dead cells onto skin, accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process. They’re able to digest keratin protein and the upper layer, or stratum corneum, of our skin, which is made up of primarily dead keratin cells.
As a bonus, enzymes also have antioxidant vitamins as they exfoliate. Papaya, used in this mask, contains the enzyme papain vitamins C, A, E and K, plus potassium. Pumpkin protease contains vitamin A. There are plenty of other reasons to appreciate pumpkin: a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese.
Suki Renewal Bio-resurfacing Facial Peel also has antioxidant-laden superfruit extracts including cranberry, mangosteen, and pomegranate. There is also phosphatidylcholine, a kind of phospholipid, that assists in communication and repair of cell membranes throughout the body, including within the skin. I was interested to note the inclusion of cholesterol. Because the skin's natural lipid barrier comprises of cholesterol, this ingredient helps maintain proper functioning in the epidermis by retaining moisture levels and regulating cell activity. It works to strengthen the outer structure of the skin and protect it from dehydration.
Some of you will notice that alcohol is the second ingredient and it should be noted that Suki uses a plant-derived (and supposedly non-irritating) alcohol and not alcohol denat, which is typically a petrochemical by-product.
Ingredients in Suki Renewal Bio-resurfacing Facial Peel: Water (aqua), alcohol, carica papaya (papain) extract, malus domestica/pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, vaccinium (bilberry), cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed extract, salix alba (willow) bark extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel powder, xanthan gum, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) oil, macrocarpon (cranberry) extract, citric acid, garcinia mangostana (mangosteen) extract, punica granatum (pomegranate) powder extract, citrus aurantifolia dulcis (orange) peel extract, cholesterol, hydrogenated phosphatidylcholine, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit extract, glycerin (vegetable), *aroma/fragrance, limonene, linalool *component of 100% pure essential oils