L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads Review | Glycolic acid comes to the drugstore aisle!

l'oreal bright reveal reviews

I received these ages ago as part of an Influenster campaign and while I'm too late according to that campaign's timeline, this review is not too late to help you out if you're shopping for stocking stuffers!

It's practically a tradition in my family for my mom, sister and I to give each other beauty products as stocking stuffers. Since I became a beauty blogger, I feel they've benefited quite a bit with my vast knowledge of various brands! One new product I'll be telling them about this year is the new L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads.

The new L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads are part of L'Oreal's RevitaLift Bright Reveal line, which is a full line of products targeted around brightening and all containing various levels of glycolic acid.

Glycolic acid is a common ingredient in skincare these days and is a great alternative to physical exfoliating scrubs. If you have sensitive, dry, or aging skin, sometimes physical exfoliants can be too harsh, leaving your skin red and if you use the wrong type of scrub you can even cause wrinkles! Chemical exfoliants are a much gentler alternative. Common chemical exfoliants are glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid. Chemical exfoliants can be categorized as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and have similar, but slightly different purposes (see my guide here).

Unlike a physical exfoliant which you should only use 2-3 times a week, a chemical exfoliant is generally gentle enough to be used everyday and its results are cumulative. The L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads contain 30 pads presoaked in solution. Over time, these treatments pads are designed to refine your skin's texture, brighten your complexion and reduce wrinkles.

l'oreal revitalift bright reveal peel pads review

The Guts
These pads consist primarily of:
  • Water
  • Denatured alcohol - designed to help beneficial ingredients penetrate skin, this ingredient is also quite controversial as it can irritate and strip skin of its natural oils. Paula's Choice in particular damns this ingredient with claims that it will destory your skin's ability to retain moisture altogether
  • Hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid - a chemical exfoliant, that according to Paula's Choice could also be damaging
  • Propylene glycol - a moisturizer that also helps other ingredients penetrate skin
  • Glycerin - a moisturizer
  • Glycolic acid - a chemical exfoliant

Price & Packaging
A container with 30 pads retails for around $15 and can be found in most drugstores. 

To use, apply the pads to your face in the evening, after cleansing. I've swapped in these pads for my usual evening toner as they're pretty refreshing and good at cleansing off any remaining residues on my face. 

The pads are large and circular and have a slight acidic smell. They're generously presoaked, but try to keep the container closed as much as possible to prevent any evaporation. I also read a tip on another blog to store these upside down, which seems to help! 

Like most glycolic treatments, when I first started using these pads, it stung a teeny bit, but after a few days that sensation went away. The L'Oreal RevitaLift Bright Reveal Peel Pads contain 10% glycolic acid, which is pretty strong actually, so I'd recommend gradually ramping up your usage from 1-2 times a week to everyday. As I've used a lot of glycolic treatments in the past, I went straight to using these every other day to everyday. I also paused any other exfoliating treatments that I'd usually do, except my weekly deep cleansing mask.

l'oreal revitalift bright reveal pads review

In terms of skin refinement, these pads work pretty well. My skin feels refreshed and much smoother. It even looks brighter in the past few weeks of using these. Unfortunately though, I've had to scale back using them as they definitely were drying out my skin, particularly around my cheekbones and jawline. I actually was instructed by Influenster to use the entire RevitaLife Bright Reveal line all at once for my review, but I'm so relieved I didn't as I'd already read over reviews of how drying these products were. The pads seemed to be everyone's favourite out of the line, so I thought I'd try these by itself. Given that these were already drying, I think it's safe to say I averted a huge disaster!

Although I was really excited to see such a huge brand as L'Oreal come out with an affordable glycolic acid line, I actually wouldn't recommend these. I just found these too drying and that's unusual for me as I've used fairly generous amounts of glycolic acid before and don't normally find denatured alcohol drying either. Personally, I'd rather spend a bit more money and get better options that really help to refine and brighten skin, like Neostrata or Jouviance.

Final Verdict
Ditch - these pads do help smooth and refine skin, but are too drying for everyday use.

Life Lately: I'm heading to Seattle for work tomorrow morning until Thursday! Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants near Pike Place Market?

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