I love skincare. I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone who  has read this blog for a decent amount of time. As I get older, I am far more concerned with spending my time – and money – on taking care of my skin first, and then putting something pretty and fun on it later. And for some time now, I have tossed around the idea of doing a chemical peel.

In the past, I would always cringe when I heard those words. Until a few years ago, my main skin concern was controlling the Spindletop-level of oil production emanating from my face. But lo and behold, I found myself saddled with some cancer last year and between the treatments, medications and just plain getting older, my skin started looking less “oil field” and more “arctic tundra.” So when I saw the mini at-home kit from  https://www.exuviance.com/, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get on board the “Skincare in Your 40’s” train. I did it with some trepidation, as I have always been more into physical exfoliants rather than chemical. But my recent experiences have sent my fear levels plummeting, so I washed my face and got down to work.

My nervousness made me pay special attention to the instructions, and I went through the steps with fingers crossed. I was relieved when the first chemical I applied – the actual active ingredient – neither burned nor even tingled. The instructions stated to leave the formula on no longer than ten minutes, and to immediately follow with the neutralizing formula in the other package. I then rinsed the neutralizer off and continued with my normal night time skincare routine. 

So let’s get to the important stuff. The whole reason for this post, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Nothing happened. Like, nothing. My skin looks slightly brighter, but it doesn’t really feel all that much softer. Maybe this is something I would have to repeat before I saw major results; I am woefully ignorant about these things. But if you’re going to throw down over $75 for this (I didn’t btw; that is the retail price for the full-size box), you want visible results. So if you’re interested in trying an at-home peel that is gentle, this is a good place to start. But if you’re an old pro…well, you probably already know what you like. 

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