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Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin


Hello gorgeous peeps, TGIF. Which basically calls for unwinding and major skin TLC 🙂 

One of the products I’ve been consistently using for the past 2 months, twice a week is Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel for sensitive skin. Packaged in a simple glass jar with a white lid, nothing fancy or pretentious. Texture of mush baby food and smell is funky (some may call that ‘natural’). I apply with my Wei Mask Brush with a very light hand all over my face. Then I walk away emptying the dishwasher, and loading the washing machine. Theoretically, I should keep it on as per the time limit prescribed on the box. However I’ve always been rebellious and wanna do it my way. So I let it dry until it doesn’t feel sticky on my skin. Extremely important point to note here is Everyone’s degree of skin sensitivity is different.

Juice Beauty Claims: This patented organic fruit acid complex with raw cane sugar exfoliates to reduce breakouts, discolorations and fine lines. Heals while hydrating with rejuvenating algae, vitamins and antioxidants for a smooth, glowing complexion. Powerful action without parabens, propylene or butylene glycols, petroluem, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, phthalates, GMO, silicones, pesticides, artificial dyes or fragrances.

What it did for me? It helped me with scarring, pigmentation, congestion under my skin and overall luminosity. Aided better absorption of evening skincare products such as serum and moisturizer. Over a period of time, it has certainly aided thorough exfoliation of skin. If you’ve been reader of this blog you may know my feelings for abrasive exfoliators.

Ingredients: Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice (Malic), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Juice (Citric) & Vitis Vinifera (White Grape) Juice (Tartaric), Organic Saccharum Officinarum (Glycolic Acid), Organic Milk Peptides (Lactic Acid), Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Algae Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Phospholipids, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Azulene.

There are some potential irritants here, which very sensitive skins may not appreciate. I would highly recommend you get a sample before you purchase the full jar and patch test to ensure your skin is ok with this composition. Due to varying degrees of skin sensitivity, this product can be hit and miss.

Thankfully a little goes a long way and lasts a while. With 2 months of consistent use, I’ve only used quarter of the jar. Some may find the price a tad steep so there are cheaper alternatives to at home peel products on the market. One such is Andalou Naturals Kombucha Enzyme Exfoliating Peel (review and comparison coming soon).

Have you tried any other peels at home? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Friday and Have an Awesome Weekend.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel – Sensitive Skin – $39



Arsenal of Toners

P1000862I’ve been a huge fan of toners since its terrible astringent & alcoholic days. They sure have come a long way since we’ve known them to strip our sensitive skins. I’ve been stashing and using various types of toners such as exfoliating, calming, hydrating, brightening, and clarifying! I’ve also tried them from all different geographic regions….USA, France, Canada, Japan, Korea, Australia and home turf (DIY – homemade).

A quick spritz of toners on skin, straight from shower is not only refreshing but also great for skin. It immediately calms down any redness and starts communicating with my open pores (from hot shower) and balances pH levels in skin. The fascinating part of toners are not only its properties but in its application and benefits its ingredients provides. These are some of my favourite toners from over the years:

Andalou Naturals Clementine Vitamin C Brightening Toner

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun Hylauronic Lotion

Shiseido Ibuki Toner

Acure Rose and Red Tea Toner

Pixi Glow Tonic

Neostrata Oily Skin Solution

Alpha H Liquid Gold Toner

Forest Essentials Facial Tonic Panchpushp (distilled flower water)

L’occitane Rose Et Reines Toner

Thayers Witch Hazel with Tea Tree Oil (Oil is my addition)

DIY – Green Tea and Glycerin

A lot of these are on a rotation. My skin’s needs are assessed and then I determine which toner will be my best choice. Sometimes, I choose a toner purely based on its fragrance and how it makes me feel. Sometimes I think even if my skin needs something specifically but I choose a fragrance pleasing toner, I feel I’m psychologically toning my skin. May be this concept is valid only in my slightly delusional head (very likely possibility). So what works for you? Which toners are your go to?