Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads

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$48 - 16 pads
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Category:
Skin Care > AHA Exfoliants > AHA
Last Updated:
4/29/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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These AHA exfoliating pads are meant for twice-weekly use to rejuvenate skin’s appearance. Apparently, this treatment is similar to seeing Somerville herself for a facial but if the ingredients these pads are steeped in is what she uses for in-clinic resurfacing, cancel your appointment! Although the pads contain an effective amount (likely 10–12%) of the AHA lactic acid and the pH allows it to function as an exfoliant, with each use you’re exposing skin to irritants. Witch hazel, myrtle, sage, and disinfectant sulfur are not the path to skin improvement. All of these can cause irritation that leads to dry, flaky skin and damaged collagen production. The numerous fragrance ingredients in the formula only worsen the effects of the aforementioned irritants.

Once-weekly use of a well formulated AHA exfoliant with a higher amount of AHAs can improve numerous signs of aging, and you can do this with products that don’t expose your skin to irritants. One example is Paula’s Choice RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment; you’ll find others on our list of Best AHA Exfoliants.

Ready for the big reveal? You will be! In just 28 days, you can completely rejuvenate your appearance. By refreshing skin with a twice-weekly treatment, convenient Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads reduce the appearance of fine lines and acne scars.

Water, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark.Leaf/Twig Extract, Myrtus Communis Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 80, Usnic Acid, Sulfur, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum, Potassium Sorbate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.

The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?

Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.

If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).

This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.

For more information about Kate Somerville, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com

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