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FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel

This product is complimentary from First Aid Beauty

A non-abrasive, extra-strength, at-home exfoliating peel that help resurface, smooth, and brighten skin by removing dead skin cells.

Regular use of Facial Radiance Intensive Peel helps maximize absorption of active ingredients from skincare products. The unique combination of three different types of exfoliators (lactic acid, salicylic acid, and actizyme) work together to provide effective exfoliating results and help support the skin’s natural renewal. Clay and active charcoal help maintain ph balance to improve the look of skin’s texture and clarity.

Lactic Acid and Salicylic Acid (Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids): Help skin appear brighter by exfoliating and improving texture.
Mucor Miehei Extract: Exfoliates skin; composed of mushroom enzymes.
Active Charcoal: Helps draw out dirt and impurities from skin.
Kaolin Clay: Helps absorb impurities and purify the skin.

Ingredient Callouts 
Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.

A patch test on the inner arm is recommended for those with sensitivity or novice peel user.

Sunburn alert
This product contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) that may increase skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

Color, Texture and Consistency
Pale Sea foam green in color, the mask is soft, smooth, non gritty, non greasy, not to dense but thick, light weight clay cream. 

None noticeable.

The website recommends using the mask after a successful patch test, initially for 30 seconds to a minute and then gradually building up to the full three minutes, as per the skin's tolerance level. If any redness occurs, use at night after cleansing.
I urge you to follow these directions to the 'T'. I use peels all the time and I thought 30 seconds were too less for me, so I kept on the mask for whole three minutes on my very first use itself and I must tell you it was not a good experience for my face!!! I used the peel three times a week on clean face, approximately 6 uses as I write this review. 

Feel and Effect on the skin
The mask has a clay base, but it never dries completely, simply because 30 seconds to three minutes are not enough for it to fully dry. The mask did not tingle or burn all the time it was on my face, but once washed off, my face burned like hell! and it did not burn all over, just in patches around the mouth and cheek area. This sensation was insanely difficult to handle and totally new to me as I had never experienced anything like this before. I immediately applied hydrating and cooling essence, followed by soft, healing serums and creams. It took whole 20-30 minutes for that burning sensation to completely go away. There was no redness or rawness. There was no itching or peeling either.
I didn't notice immediate results. After few uses (three times a week) for a week, I did notice some brightening and my skin tone appeared even. The darker shadows aka my hyper-pigmentation that usually aggravates in sunny situations appeared less noticeable. The skin texture was not smooth though. Usually, when I use peels at home, the very first significant difference I notice is the smooth skin texture but with this one I found the texture was not smooth. There were no dry patches nor there were any raised bumps but over all the skin surface felt rough. Strange, but true. Pores were never a big issue for me, because as per me, I think my pore size is pretty acceptable. So I didn't expect much change in that area. 

Soft squeeze tube with flip top cap. Very convenient and travel friendly.

Final Thoughts
I have used multiple products from First Aid Beauty and everything I have used from them has been very calming, soothing and repairing. The Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration is a fabulous body cream. The FIRST AID BEAUTY Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is my go to mask for basically any day any time of the year. The FIRST AID BEAUTY Face Cleanser, Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer and Ultra Repair® Hydrating Serum were my choice of skincare products a year back. The FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay is an unusual choice of cleanser for my dry skin, but I enjoy using it every summer. It is very refreshing and removes every last trace of sunscreen. 

So when I tried this peel, I was expecting mild tingling and the usual light irritation that one gets using AHA products, but shockingly this set my face on fire! Even after using it for multiple times, my skin refuses to get used to it. It burns every single time and I still don't know why. As far as the effects are concerned, they are not instant but they definitely show results over a period of time. The improvement in skintone is acceptable, but the roughness on skin is not. This is a decent mask if your skin can handle it. Not a great one for sensitive skin and for all other skin types, I would urge a patch test and slow start. Also, this is not a quick, perk me up kind of instant brightening peel or mask. It is not something I would use few hours before a party. 

Disclaimer: First Aid Beauty gifted me this mask to try. All opinions are my own. Not a paid post. Some links are affiliate links.

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