Have you tried Skin Editor? This at home face peel uses an advanced blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) to target rough texture, dull + lackluster skin, dry + dehydrated skin, clogged pores and more. Keep reading to learn how the skin care acids in this innovative formula work.
This at home face peel features a blend of skin care acids including 3% glycolic acid and 7% lactic acid, making Skin Editor both a glycolic acid exfoliator and lactic acid exfoliant. Each acid has their own unique skin benefits that complement the other:
Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid helps readjust the water percentage in the epidermis (the uppermost layer of the skin) to create smoother, softer and more radiant skin. It also stimulates 'desquamation', or cell removal of the skin's uppermost layers to target clogged pores, dark spots, rough texture, and more.
"The glycolic acid in this formula increases the production of dermal matrix compounds and collagen synthesis in the dermis, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps improve skin elasticity and firmness" – Teresa Stenzel, Bioelements Director of Education
Lactic acid is a product of fermentation of plant derived sugars and provides gentle, mid-depth exfoliation. This acid is actually a humectant as well, so it draws moisture to itself, which hydrates the skin's layers. Lactic acid smoothes skin roughness, improves skin clarity + radiance, and provides antiseptic benefits for breakout-prone skin.
Both these skin care acids, glycolic and lactic, work together to provide dual depth exfoliation for maximum benefits.
Glycolic acid is a smaller molecule so it penetrates quickly and deeply into the skin's surface layers. Whereas lactic acid has one of the largest molecules, so it penetrates more slowly to mid-depth, without any negative sensations.
"So deep-penetrating glycolic acid and mid-penetrating lactic acid weave in and out of the cellular layers of the skin based on molecule size and function. This action repels the intercellular lipids (what binds dull and dead skin cells to your skin) apart to reveal fresh, radiant skin underneath. This also stimulates the self-healing and self-regenerating process of the entire organ." –Teresa Stenzel
Using dual depth exfoliation instead of a monster strength of one acid has many benefits:
The potential hydrogen, or pH, of a skin care product tells you how a formula will affect the skin. Any formula that is too acidic can irritate the skin, whereas if it is too alkaline it won't be effective.
For the most effective and safe at home face peel (or any at home AHA formula), the Cosmetic Ingredient Review recommends a 10% total acid with a pH of 3.5 or higher.
Skin Editor uses a 10% total acid and has a pH range of 3.5 – 4.0 – the maximum levels to be both effective and safe.
While Skin Editor does provide an at home face peel, professional chemical peels can still be a great treatment, depending on your skin type. This is because chemical peels use professional-use-only products formulated with higher percentages of skin care acids and other ingredients.
Bioelements Lactic-Plus Peel Level 1, for example, uses 30% lactic acid, plus exfoliating pumpkin fruit enzymes and pomegranate extract which stimulate the skin and assist in exfoliation. Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 2 contains 15% glycolic acid, 5% lactic acid and a blend of natural buffers and strengtheners, like activated coconut charcoal, aloe and more. Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 3 contains an even high concentration of glycolic acid, at 25% for very resistive skin.
These formulas are created solely for use by trained estheticians in a spa treatment room, which is why they are unavailable for at home use.
Quick Refiner is another Bioelements leave on AHA exfoliant, but there are some key differences between the two formulas. Skin Editor is a leave on exfoliating peel creme, whereas Quick Refiner is a leave on exfoliating gel.
Skin Editor exfoliates, brightens, smoothes lines, and improves pores + color through dual depth exfoliation, all while counteracting invisible irritation. It also targets premature aging + loss of volume, and enhances luminosity with kombucha and moisturizes with organic shea butter.
Quick Refiner uses a 5% Bioelements exclusive blend of multi-fruit acids to visibly smooth the skin, target pores, dullness and brighten the skin. It uses aloe to comfort the skin and Chinese herbs to strengthen the skin.
If you have blackheads and congestion, Skin Editor is the perfect option, but if you have true acne, then we would recommend using the Bioelements Acne Clearing System along with Quick Refiner. The shea butter in Skin Editor is ideal to moisturize many skin types, but it is not recommended for those with true acneic skin.
We do not recommend using both Skin Editor and Quick Refiner together, but rather choosing one that best suits your skin type and skin concerns.
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