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Suki Renewal Bio-resurfacing Facial Peel reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dull Skin, Large Pores


Fruit enzymes effectively exfoliate, antioxidants for healthy skin


A small amount of linalool
September 9, 2013 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
Brings your esthetician home

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


  • September 12, 2013

    by Patricia

    I would love to try this out as I always have a challenge with flaking, peeling skin. I'd love to find a product that helped with this consistently.

  • September 10, 2013

    by Julie

    This is something I would absolutely love to try. Sounds awesome.

  • September 10, 2013

    by Gunilla

    Hi Marta,
    This peel sounds a real winner - I think I'll buy it as soon as my current peel is ended.
    I was presented with a couple of Suki product samples a couple of months ago, and I was very impressed with the quality and feel of the products. Consequently, I'd just love to take the new Suki Facial Lift for a test drive! My face needs all the lifting power it can get, you see... ;)

  • September 10, 2013

    by Carolyn

    Hi Marta,

    I was very intrigued about this product after reading your review. I would love to try it as I truly enjoyed the sample Suki face polish that was included in one of the recent Discover with Marta collections. I was so sad when I used it up and will be ordering more in the future. In the meantime, I would love to try another one of Suki's products as I'm sure it is outstanding!

    Thank you!

  • September 9, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Linda
    The Pureceuticals is by far more aggressive (too much so for me). Yes it is part of my weekly routine. I haven't thought about it as an alternative to PMD - there is a place for both.

  • September 9, 2013

    by linda

    Hi, Thanks for an interesting review. A couple of questions:
    1. How would you compare this one to PureCeuticals Cherry Glycolic Peel?

    2. Which one of the two is the strongest/most 'aggressive'?

    3. Is this part of your weekly routine now? Or do you prefer PMD Personal Microderm gadget?

    Many thanks for your thoughts. Linda

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