I've been using Bravura's products now for a couple of weeks to see what acid peels really do to the skin and whether they make a difference or not. My skin is pretty sensitive so my initial worry was that I was going to have a major reaction to it and not be able to use it.
Bravura London tailors their products depending on how your skin is currently. I really dislike the question 'What's your skin type?' because it puts you into a box and in reality, your skin type changes depending on a variety of factors such as the type of food you eat, the amount of caffeine and alcohol intake, where you live and the weather for example. I notice I get really dry skin when I drink too much caffeine and not enough water. I get a really oily T-zone if I over moisturise and I also get breakouts when I'm stressed out. I get dull skin if I don't get enough sleep and I also get a sickly purple/redness under my eyes too from lack of rest.
So the bottom line is, is that your skin type changes and when someone asks you that question, the real question to ask yourself is 'How does my skin feel today?' and that's how I picked between what was available with Bravura. I got sent the Revitalising Ginseng Toner and the Glycolic Acid. On their website, Bravura has a great recommendation section, where Amanda shares a detailed guide on different skin types (she's the Co-Director of Bravura). So if you're interested in acid peels, the first thing to do is to consult that section of the website here.
When I received the products, I have to admit I was a little nervous. One because of how my skin would react and that I really didn't want to be my super clumsy self and end up getting acid in my eyes. #nojokeimthatclumsy
The first step was cleansing the face so I normally use Garnier's Micellar Water to remove any dirt and makeup from my face. Next I swiped my face all over with the Revitalising Ginseng Toner and a cotton pad. This toner is specifically made for normal to dry and sensitive skins, so it was suited for my skin. It's ideal for balancing the skin's PH after cleansing and to prepare your skin for both moisturiser and applying the Glycolic Acid.
It's a very delicate scented fragrance, not exactly my cup of tea but it didn't put me off. The toner helps firm and tone the skin, tightening the pores and smoothing the appearance of the skin, giving it a finer, softer texture. This is an acid based toner which reduces the PH levels of the skin. The higher the PH, the more your skin becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. I definitely felt a slight tingling sensation when I first used this toner but it wasn't at all painful or uncomfortable.
After using the toner, next comes the Glycolic Acid. Please note that for both the toner and the acid, it's vital you do a patch test on your skin. At the end of the day, this is acid and it should be treated with the upmost care when applying it onto the skin.
The Glycolic Acid is infused with lavender (which I love) and can actually be used 3-4 times a week. I used this two times in the space of two weeks but I'll be increasing the usage as it suggested starting off once a week and then building up. This chemical peels tackles the top layer of the skin, breaking down the 'glue' that keeps those dead skin cells together. The results is that the skin becomes smoother and more even in tone and texture. It also produces more collagen which of course helps reduce the signs of aging.
I used the brush that came with the acids to swipe the solution over my skin. This had a much more tingly feeling and felt a little itchy but I wouldn't go as far to say that it stung or felt uncomfortable which was definitely what I thought would be the case.
I left it on for 5 minutes and then de-activated the acid by washing my face with warm water. I did notice some redness which you can see in the photos but this cleared up after 10 minutes. Overall my skin definitely feels a lot smoother each time I do the acid peel but the long term effects aren't as prominent as I thought they'd be. The only thing I've really noticed is the fine lines across my forehead are slightly reduced. I think for this, you do need to use it for a few weeks 3-4 times a week before you start seeing a difference.
That said, I think chemical peels are going to become a bit of a beauty trend this year especially as it's now possible to do them in the comfort of your own home. You can get the Ginseng Toner for £12.40 and the Glyconic Acid for £9.59.
Seeing as you only have to use a half a pipette's worth of product per treatment, I think this is fabulous value for money.
Have you ever had a chemical peel before? Let me know in the comments below.
*Disclaimer - I was gifted these products in return for my own honest opinion.
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