Saturday, June 16, 2012

REVIEW -- Exuviance Daily Antioxidant CA10 Peel

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Exuviance's Daily Antioxidant CA10 Peel for you. All of my coworkers have been raving about these, and I finally got a chance to try them! Are they worth the hype? Read on to find out! :)

If you buy the product itself, the pads and liquid come separately. Before the first use, you pour the liquid over the pads and then discard the bottle. This ensures that you get the freshest pads possible, and I think it's a really great idea. The 2 pads I received are pre-moistened and individually packaged. I don't think it changes the quality, but is probably worth mentioning.

The CA10 peel contains 10% Citric Acid and is gentle enough for daily use to effectively exfoliate and smooth skin. It delivers potent antioxidant protection and defends against aging while also neutralizing damaging free radicals. The best part of the peel pad is that it is truly one step and doesn't require additional rinsing or neutralizing.

For best results, you should swipe one pad over your face (I also do my neck) in the morning. Gently massage in any remaining fluid, and then follow up with any serum or moisturizer if you desire. The pads are recommended for AM use, but can also be used at night. Since they contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid, you should also use sunscreen daily and even up to one week after discontinuing use of the product to protect against sunburns.

36 pads will set you back $65 and they can be purchased at Ulta. Unfortunately, Exuviance is considered part of the "Advanced Skin Health" section, and doesn't qualify for coupons.. but there are usually free gifts available with a product purchase to help offset the blow a little bit.

I've been honest that falling asleep with my makeup on is definitely my worst beauty sin. No matter how often I tell myself I'm going to stop, 8 nights out of 10 I stagger to bed with my makeup still on. Eventually my skin starts to suffer and I swear I'll change my ways, only to revert right back when my skin clears up. It's a vicious cycle and I hate it.. but it is what it is.

I'm currently in the middle of a "my skin's jacked" cycle, so not only did I have some active breakouts, but I also had dark spots from past breakouts.. and I wasn't feeling so good about my complexion. Seriously.. if you ever think you're neurotic about your appearance.. imagine trying to sell people hair/makeup/nail products for a living. I have an intense personal pressure to always look perfect. After all, my image is how I establish credibility and.. well, I digress.

I used my first CA10 peel pad and instantly my skin felt super smooth and moisturized. My packaging didn't say to use it in the morning, so I used mine at night. Yes, a night where I actually took my makeup off and washed my face. :P 

By the time I woke up, I noticed a reduction in the size of my active breakouts and also saw that my dark spots seemed a teensy bit lighter. Seriously nothing that anyone but me would notice, but it was light enough to make them finally be completely covered by my concealer. And hey, to me.. that's a BIG deal.

The next night I used the second pad and again my skin felt so smooth and soft. Seriously like a baby's butt! When I woke up again, my dark spots were even lighter and this time hubby noticed the change too! When I went to work, several coworkers told me my skin looked brighter, and customers complimented me on my complexion. Maybe I'm a big sucker for compliments, but I was like "THESE THINGS ARE AMAZING!"

I think the Exuviance Daily Antioxidant CA10 Peel pads are great! They really do work from my trial of them, and they have great reviews online as well! I like that they are gentle enough for everyday use and that they truly are a one-step process.. compared to other peels on the market. I didn't follow up with a moisturizer out of sheer laziness, and my skin (which can get dried out easily) was absolutely no worse for wear. In fact, it was much improved and I actually think the pads may have helped control my oily skin a little bit!

The only detractor for me is the price. $65 for 36 pads breaks down to $1.81 per pad, but with the dramatic and practically instant results that I've seen.. I think it's worth the money. Still, I don't necessarily have $65 to plunk down every month for a skin peel. I'm thinking about investing in them anyways, and maybe using them every other day or only twice a week.. we'll have to see how it goes.

Bottom line: if you've been looking for a good, gentle peel or are interested in warding off signs of aging, I say give them a try. Ulta has a 60 day money-back return policy as long as you've only used 3/4 of the product and have the receipt. I think you'll know in 3-4 uses if the Exuviance pads are right for you or not.

I'm giving these 4 out of 5 stars, deducting only for the price point.
RATING : 4.0 out of 5 STARS

I was provided two sample pads of the product by an Exuviance vendor, with no obligation to review them on this blog. This review is not sponsored by Exuviance and all opinions stated here are my own honest thoughts.


  1. Amanda (Fashion Footing)June 18, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    Hmmm, interesting. I will need to keep this in mind. I am pretty bad about leaving my makeup on and when I do get breakouts... I pick at them. I know, I'm an adult but.... I can't help it. Definitely don't like having the dark spots from acne, though!

  2. Exuviance do a wide range of really good skincare products

  3. HI!
    I plan to start using this product too! so have a question to u as u already used it..
    For how long u r supposed to use it? when to stop? and does skin come to the first condition?