Skincare Review: Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

As a lover of glycolic acid, I immediately wanted to check the GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel. Complimentary from Goop, this peeling pad promises to exfoliate, retexturize, and brighten skin while you sleep.

These pads contain 15% glycolic acid to removes dead skin cells and other debris while helping increase cell turnover, tropical fruit extracts (mango, banana, and yellow mombin) to help with cell turnover while reinforcing the skin’s barrier function, Australian kakadu plum for its antioxidant properties, and hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.

I have been using this twice now (once a week) and the pad that this peel uses is something I have never used before. It isn’t paper or cotton-like, as with most exfoliating pads I’ve used. It’s a bit rough and combined with the acid, this made my skin a bit red. It also stings a bit. However, the redness and the stinging subsides after a few minutes. It dries into a sticky finish. I’m no stranger to the percentage of glycolic acid this one has so I know the results I would get. As expected, this softened and smoothened my skin but aside from that, this peel left my skin looking plumper the morning after.

The Goop GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel was provided by @goop .

Skincare Review: Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads

I have been traveling quite a bit recently and have been using these pads from the k-beauty Huangjisoo. Contained in tubs, these pads are travel-friendly and easy to use.

The Sugar No: rinse Cleansing Pads using micellar water, sugar, and lactobacillus ferment filtrate to remove make-up and dirt. These pads are vegan and cruelty-free and they remove makeup well without it feeling sticky. Used without rinsing needed afterward, it leaves the skin feeling soft after removing makeup. I usually use two to three pads to completely remove my makeup. I use the Pure Perfect Cleansing Oil after this one to remove heavy eye makeup and then their Pure Daily Foaming Cleanser to fully cleanse the skin.

Containing cherry blossom and echinacea, the Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads promises to moisturize and brighten the skin. This leaves the skin feeling and looking fresh. It has a clean smell and sinks in quickly onto the skin without leaving any residue. After a few weeks of use (twice to thrice a week) it helped smooth my skin and leaves my skin with a rosy glow.

The Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads aims to soothe and moisturize the skin using sea mugwort and cica complex. This feels good on the skin, especially on irritated areas. I usually leave a piece of the pad on the irritated area/zit for a few minutes to reduce redness to spot treat. Used all over the face, this leaves the skin feeling moisturized without feeling sticky.

The Huangjisoo Sugar No:rinse Cleansing Pads, Sakura Peeling Radiance Pads, and Mugwort Rescue Soothing Pads were provided by @huangjisoo and @sophiebeautybox. Available for huangjisoo.com

Brand Overview: Kinship

I was excited to try Kinship‘s products as soon as I saw them, mainly because of the fun, bright and colorful packaging. Aside from the cuteness factor, their products are cruelty-free, leaping bunny certified, reef-safe, and are free of GMO organisms. Their packaging is also made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, 100% PCR paper and from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) materials.

I first tried the Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, which has papaya, jojoba oil, and sunflower oil. It feels as great as it smells, with a light fruity smoothie scent that gently strips dirt and makeup off my face. I love it as a morning cleanser since it makes my face supple enough and ready for the day ahead.

Meanwhile, the Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads are also something to love. Unlike most acids, this one isn’t extremely strong and has a sweet, citrus scent. It doesn’t dry my skin out. But even if it’s gentle, it does a great job of smoothening out my skin and reducing those small blemishes and bumps.

The Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream is a favorite too. First off, it smells like marshmallows so what’s not to love? With hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root and coconut water, it keeps my skin extremely soft, without making it greasy. I also love that I don’t need to put a lot of it to feel the effects.

The Pimple Potion, a retinol and salicylic acid acne treatment. It does take a while for it to get rid of pimples, but it’s a good spot treatment if you have sensitive skin and react badly to stronger products.

There’s also the Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen, providing SPF 32 coverage. It’s light, not too sticky and provides a bit of moisture, so it protects my face, without making it feel as oily as other facial sunscreens might. However, I prefer sunscreen with a higher SPF every day.

So while there were a few bumps, overall I’m a fan of Kinship‘s products. They not only look good on my skincare shelf, but they also have a good effect on my skin. Overall, their products are worth checking out as they are gentle and nourishing.

The Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser, Insta Swipe Lemon Honey AHA Pads, Supermello Hydrating Gel Cream, Pimple Potion, and Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 were provided by @kinship. Available at lovekinship.com

Skincare Review: Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion

As a lover of acids, I found the Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion from Herbivore Botanicals gentle and nourishing. This is actually surprising because this serum contains a blend of bilberry lactic, sugar cane glycolic, orange peel citric, and apple malic acid combined with kakadu plum to exfoliate, hydrate, and even the skin. This light viscous serum doesn’t sting or tingle at all, which surprised me when I first used it. However, looking at its first three ingredients (aloe vera leaf juice, sodium hyaluronate, rose flower water, and glycerin), I figured out why it felt gentle.

I think this would be great for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free serum that gently exfoliates the skin while hydrating the skin.

As for my skin, I have gotten to a point that my skin is clear (save for a few blemishes during my period) so I have been into gentler formulations lately. This is a product I use together with other hydrating and nourishing products that are included in my basic routine at night.

The Herbivore Botanicals Natural Fruit Acid 5% Exfoliating Glow Potion was provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available for $44 at herbivorebotanicals.com

Cult Favorite: Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask

To be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve used a powder mask. I usually use them if I have a bit of time to spare at night but the convenience of readily applied masks is just too tempting. When Herbivore Botanicals sent me their Pink and Blue Clay Masks, I had to admit that I kind of missed having powder masks as part of my skincare ritual.

Both masks, when mixed with water, transforms into a pasty mask that feels like you’re at the beginning of your pottery class. I usually use a bowl to mix the mask and both provide a bit of grip to the skin. They both tighten easily so I suggest those with drier skin types to use a bit more water. Both are easily rinsed off after about 15 minutes. They also leave the skin feeling thoroughly exfoliated and cleansed. Both masks are also vegan and cruelty-free.

The Pink Clay Mask ($22) uses french pink clay, rosehip, chamomile, and rose petals to exfoliate, purify, plump, and soothe the skin before leaving it feeling soft, smooth and radiant. I like using this after days if spending time outdoors, exposing my skin to a lot of environmental stressors. It feels purifying and it leaves my skin smooth.

Meanwhile, the Blue Clay Mask ($22) promises to detoxify, draw out toxins, reduce breakouts for a clearer complexion. It contains blue clay, white kaolin clay, and rose geranium essential oil. This is a heavy-duty mask. It tightens a lot more than the Pink Clay Mask and you can really feel it sucking everything out. I like using this when my skin is looking problematic or if my skin is looking dull. It just clears everything out.

I enjoyed returning to powder masks again. I like using them on the weekends when I have more time. They also provide purifying and detoxifying benefits to my skin, which is definitely needed after spending my week exposed to dirt and grime.

The Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Mask and Blue Clay Mask were provided by @herbivorebotanicals and @autumnpr. Available at herbivorebotanicals.com