Over the years, I’ve chopped and changed products more times than I have my underwear, with varying results. I think the best my skin has been was a period in 2009 and as luck would have it, I can’t remember for the life of me what the hell I was using.
I still suffer from hyperpigmentation, which my Mum also has, we have the same patches on our cheeks, so maybe it is hereditary, I dunno. Along with that, I still have the occasional break out, usually on my chin area, which I believe is hormonal. Whilst researching products which target dark spots left behind from breakouts, I stumbled upon Make Up Artist’s Choice, and in particular their Mandelic peels.
Based stateside, MUAC manufacture and sell professional cosmeceuticals, skincare and also mineral make up. They supply spas and medical industries, as well as the individual consumer. I love the luxury of having skin peels in salons but often find a full course of treatments is too expensive to continue with. MUAC allows you to purchase the same skin peels and accompanying products to use in the comfort of your own home.
Mandelic Acid is an alpha hydroxy acid. Derived from bitter almonds, it has a number of benefits for the skin:
*Mandelic acid has antimicrobial/antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for all types of acne, including cystic acne.
*Refines the tone and texture of the skin, brightens.
*Mandelic is typically an excellent exfoliator for clients suffering from Rosacea.
Now of course, handling the likes of a 40% proof peel at home, is not to be taken lightly and you must follow the instructions in order not to suffer from any long term damage to your skin.
I studied the site for weeks before initially purchasing their 25% Mandelic Acid Peel back in February. I suffered slight peeling to my forehead, diligently wore SPF30 daily and ensured I didn’t use any AHA products the day before or after using the peel to avoid a reaction. Admittedly the peeling did put me off and after applying it a second time four days later, I decided to take a break, until I revisited the site again last month. I’ve since realised that working out in the gym immediately after doing a peel, did my skin no favours and the change in temperature, coupled with sweat aggravated it.
The before and after testimonials on the MUAC, along with the dozens of comments on their Facebook page, praising their numerous products, encouraged me to purchase the 40% Mandelic Acid Peel (their strongest one), along with a green tea cleanser and toner. I usually leave the peel on for 6 mins (although I purposely left it on for eight last night) and rinse it 0ff thoroughly with warm water. I then wash my face with the green tea cleanser. It foams up but doesn’t dry the skin out at all. It’s great. I’m not so keen on the tea green toner. I don’t like the smell, which is quite astringent, but it takes off any make up/grime I have left which is good. I’ve been using both twice a day.
In short, I’ve been doing peels for the past three weeks now. The only peeling I’ve suffered despite it being a stronger concentration is on my nose, and I’ve been still wearing SPF30 daily. I have however, just purchased a SPF50 moisturiser as my Murad SPF30 moisturiser is on its last dregs, so will be switching to that this week as soon as it arrives. The biggest difference I’ve seen so far has been to the texture of my skin – it’s as soft as a baby’s bottom. True story! It’s almost like glass-like, but in a good way. I’ve removed my make up each night without fail, a first for me (I always slip up or have days where I just can’t be bothered). The difference was apparent after a week and has continued to impress me further. Best of all are the prices, the products are so affordable in comparison to some well known brands which contain a small percentage of these ingredients which cost 6-7 times more!
I’ve found MUAC’s customer service to be so helpful and informative,. They’re always on hand to answer questions privately via email or on Facebook and put my mind at ease and as a result I plan on placing a second order of some different products to alternate with.
I’ve been using MyMallBox to ship the products over, and they’ve been great – more on them in an upcoming post. For the first time in a long time, I’m confident that over the coming months, I’ll finally have skin that I’ll be happy with and that I can maintain. I’ve been doing my best to increase my intake of water too.
On peel days, I follow up with either a simple moisturiser or face oil. I don’t use any scrubs, acids or medicated washes or moisturisers. I stay out of the sun (which hasn’t been hard here in England!) and always use a moisturiser with sunscreen during the day. On other days, I use the Super C+E both morning and evening. This is great for sun damaged skin, age spots, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and has a load of other benefits.
I’ve just used up a small sample pot of Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. I love it but at £55, it’s extremely pricey and if I’m honest I can’t justify repurchasing it when I can probably find something in Boots which does a similar job! Some nights I use Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil, which is made up of 100% plant extracts, which sinks into my skin beautifully, leaving it feeling supple and soft when I wake up. Oh and how can I forget La Roche Posay Cicaplast, which is the perfect antidote for flaking, chapped or sore post-treatment skin.
I’ve been alternating which masks I use, depending on what I feel I need at the time, which primarily is moisture. An old fave Clinque’s Moisture Surge has been making an appearance in the bathroom again. It’s just so easy to use and does what it says it will – no complaints here. It’s basically a drink for the skin, giving it a needed hydration boost. I love it. That’s enough rambling for now, I’ve already taken before pics, so look forward to doing a comparison post in 3 months time.
If you want to read a bit more more on MUAC skincare click on the links below.