Review: Vichy Double Glow Mask Peel for Dull Skin & Dark Spots

A five-minute mask made with alpha-hydroxy acids to smooth and brighten skin
When you hear the word "peel" in a skin-care context, you might think of an unattainably expensive treatment you have to visit an aesthetician to receive. While that might have been the case many moons ago, these days skin-care peels are available in endless at-home formulas that don't cost nearly as much as a visit to the spa. Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask is up there with the best of them.

For just $20, this powerful little jar of pink gel provides months' worth of facial peels. Never has the phrase "a little goes a long way" applied so perfectly to a product, and that's thanks to Vichy's potent combination of volcanic rock and alpha-hydroxy acids (or AHAs) derived from various fruits. What exactly do those do? A whole lot, actually.

The acids in this mask work together to chemically exfoliate dead skin cells away, which visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines, scars, hyperpigmentation, and age spots. Though AHAs are a popular ingredient for reducing the appearance of fine lines, they do not work the same as other buzz-word ingredients. "Acids don't work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation," says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. "They dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair." When used consistently over time, AHAs also prevent breakouts, all the while facilitating your skin's ability to absorb other products and promoting natural collagen production. The perpetual dewy glow left behind is just an added bonus.

Using this mask peel is quite simple: Once a week, I apply a thin layer of it to my cleansed, dry skin and let it sit for five minutes. Once it's almost completely dry, I massage it into my face to activate its mechanically exfoliating texture — that's where the volcanic rock comes in — so I get two methods of exfoliation in one mask. I rinse what's left away with water or gently wipe it away with a damp face towel before following up with the remainder of my nightly skin-care routine.

Take it from a beauty editor who's obsessed with this combination of ingredients: Once you try it, you'll be hard-pressed to live without it.

Vichy's Double Glow Peel Mask Is Potent, Pink, and Perfect for Busy Schedules

from Allure 

Review: Vichy Double Glow Mask Peel for Dull Skin & Dark Spots Review: Vichy Double Glow Mask Peel for Dull Skin & Dark Spots Reviewed by streakoggi on October 31, 2019 Rating: 5

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