Skincare Review: Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads and Tightening Eye Gel

Emphasizing their aim to protect the skin from external factors responsible for skin, Dr. Loretta describes products with how they protect the skin. External factors like pollution, light, climate, and irritants are what the brand focuses on and the formulas of their products contain vitamin c, algae peptides, and essential oils.

Targeting to protect the skin from pollution and climate, the Micro Peel Peptide Pads ($60) promises to exfoliate the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, improve skin texture, and replenish moisture with 10% glycolic acid, algae peptides, and botanicals of matte, kola, and guarana.

Compared to the peeling pads I’ve tried, this has a thinner pad soaked in essence. It tingles a bit once applied on the skin. The first time I used this, I got some redness on my cheeks. It still tingles even on the next uses because of the high percentage of glycolic acid. The pads have enough coarseness to exfoliate the skin as much as a mask would without going overboard and feeling like a coarse face scrub. It’s just right in the middle. I like to do this during the weekend and in the middle of the week to refresh my skin. It has immensely helped with the texture and radiance of my skin.

The Tightening Eye Gel ($60) contains lipochroman to protect the skin from pollution including oxygen, nitrogen, carbon free radical damage, and tiny particles of urban dust. It also has chromabright to fade uneven pigment, marine water microalga to replenishes hydration, algae extract to support the skin’s collagen, and peptides to tighten the eye area.

This has a lightweight gel-like texture that melts into the skin. Despite its watery texture, it doesn’t sink in too quickly, just slow enough to allow me to massage the gel around my eyes. I like that it has a slight cooling and tingling sensation and that it hydrates my dry under eyes. It tightens a bit around the eye area but for me, it’s not that noticeable as I do not have sagging skin around this area. What I really noticed though is how it improved the hydration around my eyes so, my makeup doesn’t gather around the deep lines under them.

The Dr. Loretta Micro Peel Peptide Pads and Tightening Eye Gel were provided by @drloretta and @pistolpr. Available at drloretta.com

Skincare Review: Ellen Lange Retexturizing Skin Peel

Bringing the spa to your home, esthetician Ellen Lange, created the Retexturizing Skin Peel, promising to produce similar results to peels that you would get done by a professional. A combination of glycolic acid, enzymes, and natural microbeads, this at-home kit is for those who have busy lives but do not want their skin to suffer for it.

The kit includes an enzyme scrub, 60 glycolic pads, and a glycolic peel solution to exfoliate, even skin tone, and to target fine lines and wrinkles, dry patches, pore size, and breakouts. The kit also uses Ellen Lange’s SubSurfacing technology designed to integrate ingredients. The treatment is cruelty-free and is made without sodium lauryl sulfate, paraben, gluten, barley, and wheat.

I have done a few professionally-executed peels in my face. It has left my skin smooth, yes, so I was really interested to try an at-home peel treatment. I like that the kit has instructions that are simple, it matches the easy-to-use system and I didn’t have a hard time doing the treatment on my self.

I used this after Christmas, after all those nights out, and after all those holiday parties so my skin was primed for a treatment. I was expecting my face to feel raw and look red the first time but the treatment only left my skin looking rejuvenated and feeling silky smooth.

After a week of use, I can already attest to the exfoliating properties of the treatment. Two weeks in, I have noticed improvements on my texture and the tone of my skin. My skin looked and felt even, like I have a regular spa appointment. Even with my oily skin, though, this can feel a bit drying so the treatment is best followed with a hydrating moisturizer to calm the skin. After 28 days, my skin looks visibly smooth, soft, and bright. I recommend this to those looking to rejuvenate the complexion at the comfort of their own home.

The Ellen Lange Retexturizing Skin Peel was provided by @ellenlange. Available for $90 at ellenlange.com.