Citra-Peel, High Intensity Resurfacing Peel is an odd, and rather disappointing two-step system. Step 1 is Resurface, which comes in a jar of 30 pads soaked in water, citric acid, slip agents, lime extract, and preservatives. Citric acid can exfoliate, but it isn’t the best way to go about it; far more preferred are glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid. This would be an option, however, if it weren’t for the lime extract, which doesn’t do much but add a risk of irritation. Step 2 is Restore, another jar package with 30 pads that are basically soaked in water and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) plus some anti-irritants. That’s okay, but there really isn’t any reason to raise the pH of the skin that high, when all you really need to do is rinse your face with water after waiting a period of time to remove Step 1. Water does the job far better than the baking soda. But still, when it comes to exfoliation, a leave-on product is easier to use and less complicated than this one. This isn’t a terrible product, just not the best way to exfoliate skin.
This 2-Step System aggressively treats the most common symptoms of age-damaged skin – dullness, lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, age spots and enlarged pores –to provide intense, instant and long term results.
Step 1: Resurface (30 pads)
Water, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Diammonium Citrate, Arginine, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Glycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol
Step 2: Restore (30 pads)
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Benzalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol
GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.