Derma E Overnight Peel is one of those cult skincare solutions that has been getting some serious buzz in recent months (it's not a new product and had at least two previous incarnations/formulations under the name Derma E Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel. This review is for the most recent formula in the newish packaging, purchased two months ago). The Overnight Peel is an AHA chemical exfoliant that uses a 5% glycolic acid as well as lactic acid and malic acid (a fruit acid, commonly found in apples and grapes) in an non-revealed concentration.
A 5% glycolic is a relatively mild peel. It comes in a lotion form and the directions to use a generous amount are right: I've found that the peel doesn't stretch well and you need a good coating for it to perform. The treatment absorbs quickly and doesn't stain the pillows, has no discernible scent, and doesn't sting. It's equivalent to Paula's Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment which I've used in the past and liked very much. I'd say that the two are interchangeable as a nightly treatment. Both deliver better with consistent use. I saw little to no difference in the first few nights, but over time there's been an impact on some sun damage and a general improvement of skin texture.
Bottom Line: Not a miracle but worth your time and money.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate and Peg-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata (Passion) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (C-Ester), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil* (.1%), Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract* (.1%), Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate.
Derma E Overnight Peel ($16.95, 2oz) is available from dermae.com.
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