SKINCARE | Exfoliating the Away with Pixi Peel & Polish

This month's CBB brand of the month is none other than cult favourite British brand, Pixi Beauty! I have been all about Pixi's Skintreats over the last year or so and one of my most regularly used and loved products is the dual exfoliator Peel & Polish*! This is a "radiance revealing" enzyme peel that uses fruit enzymes to exfoliate and polish the skin while having a 6% lactic acid concentration! I so rarely see the actual percentages of AHA shown on the packaging and lemme tell ya, 6% is generous! This is legit chemical exfoliation!

Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Review

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When it comes to ingredients, the top half of this list is a good one in my books. I am seeing lactic acid as the second ingredient followed by the physical exfoliant, polylactic acid which feels like the dreaded polyethylene, BUT is biodegradeable and is derived from renewable sources like sugar cane and corn starch! There are actually THREE sources of AHA in this peel: lactic acid, which we all know and love, papaya fruit extract, for skin tone and texture and sugar cane extract, which is a glycolic acid that gives skin a welcome glow. Together you have FOUR exfoliating agents within the first half of the ingredients list and I am LOVING it! It also contains cucumber, orange and lemon fruit extract which makes this smell oh-so-good!

Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Review

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polylactic Acid (derived from corn starch or sugar cane), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Beraclay Light Red, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglceryl-3 Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Polyglceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol

Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Review

This has a fairly dense physical scrub so I only need to use it twice a week to maintain glowiness and keep skin congestion at bay. I can always tell when my skin needs a bit of a "purge" when my skin tone starts to look blotchy or I have funny dry patches. This peel needs to be massaged on DRY skin and then rinsed off with warm water or damp washcloth. Since this has so many chemical exfoliants in it, I also leave it on for 5-10 minutes for a more intense peel. My skin sometimes tingles a wee bit when I first apply it, but it disappears and once I wash everything off, I have more even and smoother skin.

Pixi Beauty Peel and Polish Review

Final verdict: In the long run, chemical exfoliators are the direction I am heading towards as they are more gentle on maturing skin, but there is something so satisfying about using a physical scrub! This exfoliator has BOTH and has been a great and more affordable alternative to my Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser which is more than 2x price per mL! I think anyone who uses this will enjoy the scent and knowing that the exfoliators are gentle, but effective.

The Pixi Peel & Polish is $30 CDN and can be found exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pixibeauty.ca  

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