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.

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