Jan 312019

Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask is a gentle, yet effective AHA chemical peel, making it perfect for those, who wish to start with chemical peels as well as for keeping a steady skincare routine with chemical peels, for a refreshed, smooth skin.

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask Review

So, you’ve been hearing about various acids and chemical peels for a while now and really wanted to try them, but were too apprehensive due to seriousness of these ingredients? Maybe not knowing enough about the acids? Maybe reading some horror stories from those, who have used AHA and/or BHA chemical peels? Want to start somewhere with AHAs and BHAs, try a chemical peel, which is as natural as possible, as gentle as possible, while still being aware that AHAs and BHAs are not a jojoba oil, but cosmetic ingredients, which should be approached with knowledge and cautiousness? I just may have a great product for you to start with chemical peels: Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask!

While the mechanical peels “brush” off dead skin cells by way of physical exfoliators, such as sugar, salt or finely crushed nut shells (avoid using exfoliators based on plastic exfoliating beads), the chemical peels exfoliate the skin by way of AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHA (beta hydroxy acids). The AHAs are gentler than BHAs; the most popular AHA is Glycolic acid, while the most popular BHA is Salycilic acid.

A glycolic acid is an AHA, usually derived from sugar cane or various fruits. It livens up the skin by removing the sluggish skin, evening out the skin and resulting in a smooth and soft skin, which is then more prepared to absorb active ingredients as well as for makeup being applied more easily on a smooth canvas of the skin. Another popular AHA, but milder than glycolic acid, is lactic acid. It is usually derived from milk by way of a natural process of bacterial fermentation. Both, the glycolic and lactic acids, are skin exfoliators, which reduce acne breakouts, soften blackheads, lessen the appearance of wrinkles and promote a fresher skin.

The Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask contains both glycolic and lactic acid. If you want to start using chemical peels, but are unsure where to start and, of course, want a product as natural as possible – I suggest you start with the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask. There’s a generous amount of a 60ml tube of Madara AHA Peel Mask; it’s texture is somewhat like a runny and sticky gel. The peel mask applies smoothly and evenly. There’s also a bit of a pearly shine going on due to Mica, but that is more for the appearance of the mask.

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How to use Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask?

As with all chemical peels, regardless of the concentration, first do two patch tests: the first one on your inner arm, wait for 10 – 20 min to see if there’s any negative adverse reaction from the skin; should there be any, do another test a week later, preferably on the same spot and if there’s another adverse reaction, discontinue using the product. If the patch test on the inner arm was positive, meaning there was no adverse reaction on the skin, do another patch test on your face, this time along the jaw line. Should there be a negative reaction, repeat the same process as you did on your inner arm a week later and should you find your skin reacting negatively again, a week later, discontinue using the product. Make absolutely sure you do not apply the product containing AHA/BHA near your eyes.

While some use chemical peels instead of mechanical, I find it best to use a combination of the mechanical and chemical peels – just not at the same time! I use a mechanical peel at least a day earlier before using a chemical peel, in order to prepare the skin, especially to minimize the visible peeling of the skin after using a chemical peel; it may seem paradoxical, but with a years long routine of combining mechanical and chemical peels, this combination works perfectly for my skin. I wait at least a day after using a chemical peel before I, again, use a mechanical peel, which removes the dead cells and old skin even better. Why you shouldn’t use both a chemical and mechanical peel following one immediately after another? After a chemical peel, the skin is substantially more sensitive; one could even argue – vulnerable.

If you’re new to AHA/BHA and your skin passed the patch test, apply the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask in the evening, before bed, so if there’s any redness after using the Madara Peel Mask, the skin will calm down during the night. Apply the peel mask on a clean and dry skin: use a thin layer all over the face, but make sure you do not apply in under the eyes where the skin is very thin. The peel mask quickly forms an emulsion-film-like layer, which is very soft and smooth to the touch. For the first time users of this peel mask, I suggest you leave it on for a maximum of 2 – 3 minutes, so that the skin is not too stressed after the first time use; gradually, over weeks, you can leave it on for longer. Gently rinse the mask with a lukewarm water and gently pat dry. After using the peel mask for the first time, abstain from using any other products following; after a while, you can easily combine a skincare routine with the peel mask.

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask Review

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What to expect and what not to expect after the first use of the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask?

In the morning, you will find mixed results: there will be patches of skin, which will look very smooth and soft, the skin will even look shinny smooth. And there will be patches of the skin, which might look rough: there will be patches of the skin which might look like the skin on your elbows (if you don’t exfoliate and moisture them), it will look and feel like there are layers of old and dry skin – and that’s exactly what it is! In the upcoming days, after using a chemical peel, this old and dry skin will fall off and you will see a fresh, smooth, soft looking skin – a new skin! Once you incorporate the chemical peels into your skincare routine – and I must emphasize a word routine here – you will see less and less of these rough patches on your skin, as you’ll be regularly exfoliating the skin and helping it renew itself. You will also notice the skin is more plump, the fine lines appear to be “ironed-out”.

Immediate after using Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask, you may experience a tingling sensation on – or even better – in your skin, and that is perfectly normal: your skin is reacting to a chemical peel, which is hard at work. You may also experience some redness while you have the peel mask on your face, as well as after – and that, too is perfectly normal. Should the redness not subdue after days, discontinue using the peel mask.

Even the next day, you may find some blackheads have disappeared, and others are softened. The acne may have been minimized, and there’s less redness with them, while at the same time, you may find a few bumps arisen – the AHAs work, similarly but less than BHAs, deep in your pores, melting, degrading the oils, bacteria and dirt and pushing it onto the face’s surface. If you suffer from severe wound-like acne, do not use Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask or any other AHA/BHA.

What you shouldn’t expect? That the next morning, all your blackheads and acne will be gone, as well as all your wrinkles, which will never appear – again and that you will look, permanently, 20 years younger. This has to be said, you know? A proper skin care routine, beneficial to the skin, should be just that – a routine; aside from some type of plastic surgery and fillers, you shouldn’t expect immediate results, but with a long term use, you should be able to see that the skin is healthier and has (much) less wrinkles that it would have otherwise. Just as you should ignore claims that there are absolutely no results after just one use thus the product is worthless, you should also ignore the claims that a use of one product resulted in removing acne, wrinkles and leaving the skin in a perfect condition after just one use. There’s a stiff competition in a beauty market – and that goes for the green beauty market as well – and the brands’ claims of their products I come across of, as well as sycophant green beauty bloggers spreading such claims, is taking non-suspecting customers for a (expensive) ride.

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask Review

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What skincare routine should you adhere to after first use of Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask?

The positive, fresh look of the skin could away you into using the peel mask too soon; wait for another week before you apply the peel mask again, so that the skin has the time to breathe, to adapt, regenerate and shed off. Once you’ve got a handle on the peel mask, exfoliate your face with a mechanical peeling at least a day before you apply the peel mask, followed by a generous amount of toner/hydrolate and a nourishing and hydrating face oil or a mask. Repeat the same after using the peel mask as well. After a day of two, use a mechanical peeling again.

After you’ve established a stern routine using the peel mask only once a week, for no longer than 2 – 3 minutes, you can start leaving the peel mask on your face longer – but make sure you do it gradually. After that, you can start using the peel mask twice a week; I wouldn’t recommend using it more often than that – do not over-use beauty products, despite the beauty marketing telling you how you should apply 10 different products on your face – in the morning, in the evening and in between: it’s not good for your skin, it’s only good for the cosmetics business and certain beauty bloggers. After your skin is adjusted and used to chemical peels, you can also use them only on certain parts of your face or just on those patches or acne/blackheads, which need an additional care in a form of a chemical peel.

When you start using chemical peels, you should pay a special attention to protecting your skin from UVA and UVB, as chemical peels are phototoxic, meaning using chemical peels will leave your skin even more vulnerable to Sun effects, so make sure you use products with SPF, avoid direct sunlight, avoid using too much or too often the chemical peels during Summer and avoid using chemical peels in the morning.

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Who should use AHA/BHA and Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask and who shouldn’t?

If you have oily skin and need to control the production of your skin’s oils, if you suffer from blackheads and acne, if you have dull and rough skin, with dry patches, you can easily use chemical peels.

If you have very sensitive and easily irritated skin, if you have severe acne and wounds accompanying them, do not use chemicals peels.

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What’s the ingredients composition of the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask?

Ingredients: Aqua, Lactic Acid, Glycerin***, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Floral Water*, Galactoarabinan, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Mica (CI 77019)****, Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Fruit Extract*, Sambucus Nigra (Elderflower) Fruit Extract*, Aroma, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)****, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL, Xantan Gum, Limonene**. * ingredients from organic farming ** natural essential oils *** made using organic ingredients ****pure mineral pigments

The basis of this peel mask are two AHA acids: glycolic and lactic, with the lactic, listed first on the ingredients list, being more concentrated one. The peel mask also contains Quince Fruit Extract, which soothes and smooths the skin, while balancing the skin’s moisture. Elderflower Fruit Extract is an antioxidant, high in vitamin A, B and C.

Galactoarabinan is a polysaccharide, extracted from Larch trees. It promotes skin cell renewal, reduction of Fine lines and wrinkles and skin cell turnover, thus working hand in hand with AHAs in the Madara peel mask. It is also a film former.

Potentially problematic ingredients?

Potassium Hydroxide is pH adjuster, cleansing agent and preservative; it can be irritating. Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCL is a broad-spectrum preservative, derived from lauric acid and L-arginine.

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My final word?

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask Review

I’ve been using AHAs and BHAs for over 15 years now and my skin is used to and adjusted to various chemicals peels and various concentrations – even up to 30% of AHAs and 20% of BHAs (I know, I know… *sigh* I’ve been promising a thorough and detailed guide to chemical peels since forever now), so it’s natural my skin had no adverse effects to the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask; in fact, it’s a welcomed mild chemical peel I use twice a week (other, stronger chemical peels, I use once, at most – twice a month). I leave it on for about 15 minutes – but again, keep in mind, that my skin is well used and adjusted to chemical peels. With regular use Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask, keeping a regular routine, your skin will be smooth, soft, renewed and other products, be it a facial oil or cream, will be more easily spread and absorbed, and that goes for makeup as well. After using the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask for over 2 years now, I can report that this product is of a high quality and actually – works! I’ve got the second tube in my August 2018 Love Lula Beauty Box.

There’s a generous amount of 60ml of this peel mask, and using it twice a week will last at least a year, though most probably a lot longer.

Price? £24, which is a very reasonable price – both in regards to delivering the results as well as how long it lasts. However, it gets even better, much better! Love Lula currently has a whooping 50% discount on Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask, which means you can get it for only £12! If you ask me, given I’ve been using it for over 2 years now (on my second tube!), I’d say go and grab it.

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Have you tried the Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask? How did you like it? Do you incorporate chemical peels into your skin care routine? Let me know!

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Madara Active AHA Brightening Peel Mask has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

Jan 242019

This Love Lula Beauty Box marks the beginning of the year and looking at the date my first impressions of this month’s Beauty Box are posted, says the first month of year 2019 is almost over. I’ve taken an extended time off after the Christmas Holidays, and with all the ideas, plans and creativity running through my head, I am so looking forward to this year and everything that will bring.

As you’ve grown to expect, the reviews I post of the products which I’ve thoroughly tried and tested, are detailed and analytical. With Love Lula Beauty Boxes, given they arrive on a monthly basis, it’s only reasonable I post my first impressions upon the Beauty Boxes arriving, so that you can immediately, within the time frame of the month, see which products are featured; and despite my posts on current Love Lula Beauty Boxes being first impressions, they are far from being based on just sniffing and applying the products on the back of my hand and quickly posting something for the sake of posting, much less only copying the description of the products provided by brands. It wouldn’t make any sense to post about the products featured in current Beauty Boxes months after the Beauty Box arrived, would it?

The January Love Lula Beauty Box is focused on Winter nourishment, containing two full sized products and two travel sized products. One of the products is exclusive for the Love Lula Beauty Box subscribers and newly launched one from Love Lula’s own brand Balm Balm.

So, what’s in this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box?

Love Lula Beauty Box January 2019

Balm Balm Lavender Hand Cream (60ml/£12,50). Aromatherapy supreme meets nourishment. A newly launched Balm Balm product (hinting at Balm Balm Lavender collection), first exclusive to the Love Lula Beauty Box and now available for all, who enjoy the simple yet effective formulations of Balm Balm and who enjoy the soothing and calming scent of Lavender – a high quality Lavender Essential Oil, that is. There’s a generous 60ml glass of this beautiful rich and nourishing hand balm, but which also moonlights as a cuticle balm and should you wish – body balm as well (even though I am sure Balm Balm will grace us with a beautifully smelling Lavender body balm soon!). Sturdy, yet quickly melting balm absorbs before you can blink with an eye, leaving behind the calming beautiful scent of Lavender, and nourished and soft hands. An excellent treat for dry hands in Winter; may not be as handy to carry around and apply, but I think this hand cream is perfect for keeping it on a night stand as well as on your working desk: I keep re-applying this hand cream all the time, not just because it’s feels so good on the skin but also due to its calming scent. There’s a generous 60ml of this aromatherapy treat at a very affordable cost and little does go a long way. Fabulous!

Madara Supreme Hydration Body Lotion (200ml/£17,00). I may have tried dozens of Madara face care products, but aside from the multitasking Madara Daily Defence Cream, this is my first Madara body care product. There’s a generous amount of this body lotion – 200ml for a reasonable price. The lotion is of a very light, more on the “watery” consistency, so to speak, side, easily spreadable and quickly absorbing, making it a great choice for morning body care routine, and especially, given its consistency/texture, for warmer days; I use body lotions in the mornings and body butters and body oils in the evening, but during hot Summer days, even in the evening, a light and quickly absorbing body lotion is a way to go. Not to say this body lotion is not suitable for Winter days, as it is, but it will come even more handy during warmer days. Despite the light and fast absorbing consistency, this body lotions delivers hydration to the skin and leaves it soft, velvety soft. The scent is also another strong side of this lotion: it’s a gentle, not over-powering, flowery, jasmine one. Great choice from Love Lula to include it in its Beauty Box.

Love Lula Beauty Box January 2019

Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Regenerating Sleeping Mask (30ml; £24,00 for 50ml). This one is so-so. I’ve tried a few Dr. Botanicals products now, and none of them left a huge impression on me; in a way, this brand comes across as that lab brand, whose formulations are that of a generic variety – what you’d expect from a natural beauty brand, but nothing innovative and with no personal touch. This mask feels more, and its texture corresponds with that, as ordinary night cream, and while it provides the skin with softness in the morning, I can’t say my skin was jumping from hydration excitement. The mask absorbs quickly and has a matte finish, but still leaves a lot to be desired, especially from the skin, like needing an extra product in a form of serum and/or oil to achieve hydration and some sort of effect on the skin.

REN Evercalm Anti-Redness Serum (10ml; £29,00 for 30ml). This serum’s texture is a mixture of a bit of a gel and runny cream, yet it absorbs incredibly quickly and has no greasy residue, making it a great choice for applying it before foundation and even better – before applying a mineral powder foundation during Summer. As a stand-alone skin care product, even if a serum, I found it a bit lacking in more ways than one, but at the same time, works nicely with layering a face oil on the top of it as a night routine. The issue I have with this serum is, that while it profess to reduce redness, there’s an ingredient, which causes my skin to react with – redness, due to irritation, and that is a preservative called Phenoxyethanol. It seems this serum has a great potential, but some tweaking of the formulation could be made, especially in regards to preservative.

Love Lula Beauty Box January 2019

So this concludes Love Lula January Beauty Box: two great body care products and two skin care products. The newly launched Balm Balm Lavender Hand Cream is a treat for anyone, who likes simple yet high quality aromatherapy products. The Madara Body Lotion, with its gentle flowery scent and quick absorption will be used up, no doubt about – even if some will be saved for hot weather. The Dr. Botanicals face mask and REN face serum didn’t leave a huge impression on my face, but with combination of other products, mainly face oils, will be, eventually, used as well; just remember, just because my skin might not react with excitement over a product, it does not mean yours won’t.

How did you like this month’s Love Lula Beauty Box? Discovered any new favorite products?

Love Lula Beauty Box is probably the most affordable green beauty Beauty Box: every month you get at least two full sized products, with travel sized and sample sized products mixed in – covering all beauty care needs – from face care, body care, hair care and makeup. And you get all of this for for a total cost of £12,66 (or £16,60 for international customers) per month (yep, even less than it was before) + 20% off on all the featured brands in a current Beauty Box.

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Oh, and before I leave, I’ll drop these discount codes for you:

Love Lula January Sale

– 10% off when you spend 40 (code: GIVEME10). Valid till 1.2.2019
15% off when you spend 70 (code: GIVEME15). Valid till 1.2.2019

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Love Lula Beauty Box has been provided to Nature of Europe by Love Lula for the purpose of an honest review.

Nature of Europe is Love Lula’s Accredited Blogger.

The post contains affiliate links. For more info, read our disclaimer.

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