Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel Review (warning contains gross images)

June 13, 2013
I was recently invited to an event hosted by Murad, a brand that’s been a bit marmite for me.  I say this because I just love their Hybrids Blemish and Shine Skin Perfecting Primer.  I use it every day instead of a foundation, and its universal tint and skin smoothing properties provides me with lightccoverage without feeling caked.
However, I am less enthusiastic about their Gentle Blemish Treatment Gel.  I bought this about a year ago, and quite simply, it did nothing for me (see my full rant here).
So I was intrigued by the product they were promoting – their Intensive-C Radiance Peel.  The Peel
claims to be as close to the experience of a spa facial as possible, minus the redness.  It also claimed to brighten the skin, a huge pull for Asian women.

Murad products – my love/hate relationship

I thought this product could go either way for me.  However, the event was straight after work (convenient), and held at Mahiki in Mayfair (swanky), so I decided to pop along.
Anyway, Mahiki isn’t quite as swanky as I expected (minor, irrelevant detail), but the event itself had a few bits to keep me and other bloggers interested.  I was first given some scientific spheel about the product.  I learned that the product contained:
Glycolic Acid exfoliates to accelerate turnover of dark damaged cells, removing dullness and improving skin texture to make skin glow.
Vitamin C and Indian Fig protect against free radical damage while enhancing skin clarity and luminosity for an illuminated complexion!
Myrtle Extract supports collagen production to boost youthful resilience and elasticity.
At a cost of £49.50, the Peel isn’t cheap, however if compared to the cost of having regular facials, it was pretty reasonable.

The scary skin scanner

We were offered free mini facials and also a chance to try the skin scanner, which again I tried in the past and was duped into buying an armful of Murad products (again, see my review here).
I wasn’t brave enough to try a free facial.  But I did revisit the skin scanner as I figured that as we were in a non-sales environment, I might feel less cajoled into buying their products.  The scary result is here…
A skin scanner highlights age spots, pores and flaws in the skin
However, this was pretty much the outcome for everyone as it claims to show the skin underneath.
Anyway, I was recommended the Gentle Blemish Treatment Gel again.  When I mentioned that I’d tried this but it didn’t work, the expert delivering the scan became a little unstuck.  Nonetheless, she recommended a few products and I was good to go.
Despite not feeling brave enough to trial a facial at the venue, I tried the Intensive-C Radiance Peel from the cute, sample-sized goody bag I received.

Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel Review

So, hot off the press, I literally have just tried the mask.  I was told to leave on for up to 10 minutes, and that I might experience some tingling.  I followed the rules and did indeed feel the tingling.  But it wasn’t unpleasant, more of a cooling sensation.
I also found it absorbed deep into my skin, similar to the Manuka Mask I recently reviewed.
Anyway, my skin does feel nice and smooth having used the mask.  However, I don’t feel quite as rejuvenated or notice a huge difference in my appearance, which the product promised.   My skin does feel a little brightened, and it’s obvious it’s given my skin a good clean.
However, being really picky, it didn’t have the ‘wow’ factor for me, which I’d expect from a face mask costing £49.50.
As with all skincare, it’s very subjective.  I’m sure there are great advocates of the Peel, however, I wasn’t amazed.  Either my skins well looked after in the first place, or it just didn’t work miracles for me.  So overall, I liked the mask, but I still prefer my beloved ‘atta face’ (see my homemade mask recipe here).

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