Pros: Brightens and smoothes skin; easy to use
Cons: Somewhat expensive (at full price); doesn’t live up to claim; stings sensitive skin
Does Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel Really Work? Yes, kind of. It did improve my skin, but certainly not to the degree that Avon claims.
Avon touts some hefty claims for Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel (as they do for many of their products). Their claim (according to Avon’s website): “Now, in 1 easy step! See results superior* to a professional 35% glycolic peel. At home. No appointment necessary. The advanced exfoliator safely retexturizes and resurfaces skin. Formulated with soothing botanicals that help nourish and calm skin.” Notice the asterisk? A couple of paragraphs down, it reads, “* Results not comparable to professional procedures.” I’m not sure how it can be superior to a professional peel, yet not comparable to a professional peel??? Since I received this free as part of a promo, I figured it was worth a try.
I’ve never had a real chemical peel, so I cannot say how close Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel comes to the real thing. I have read on more than one occasion that no at-home product (as good as they may be) can duplicate the results offered by a professional, mainly because active ingredient concentrations are higher in professional products.
Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel consists of small, textured, pads contained in an unscented (no added fragrance) “chemical peel” solution. There is a chemical and alcohol smell, but it fades immediately after using. The plastic jar contains 30 pads, which means one jar should last about 2 months if using every other day like the box states. I only use Anew Retexturizing Peel twice per week at most, so one jar will last me about 4 months.
About Glycolic Acid
Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel contains glycolic acid and fruit extracts. Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and is part of the chemical group known as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). Glycolic acid is an exfoliating product that works by dissolving the substance that holds dead skin cells to the surface. After using an AHA, the dead skin rinses away more easily. Skin is also more receptive to moisturizers after using such a product. Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel does not state how much glycolic or fruit acids it contains.
WATER/EAU, AMMONIUM GLYCOLATE, GLYCOLIC ACID, SD ALCOHOL 40-B, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIMETHICONE COPOLYOL, GLYCERIN, CORALLINA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM EXTRACT, LENTINUS EDODES EXTRACT, HYDROLYZED ULVA LACTUCA EXTRACT, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, ALGAE EXTRACT, CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT, HONEY/MIEL, ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT, CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAYA) FRUIT EXTRACT, CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZOPHENONE-4, BENZOPHENONE-9
The directions say to wash your face, then swipe the textured side of a pad over your face staying away from the eye area. Follow with any Anew moisturizer. I follow the directions as stated being careful not to rub too much. I have somewhat sensitive skin and have found that scrubbing too much causes my face to really sting! I swipe the pad across my entire face covering each area with no more than two swipes. I follow with my night cream (not Avon). Immediately after using, I feel a stinging sensation (not pain) that fades shortly after applying moisturizer. I MUST use a moisturizer after using this product. If I don’t, my face gets too dry and keeps stinging. The stinging sensation felt more like burning the first couple of times I used this peel, but has lessened after I got more used to this product. Even after two months, I still feel some stinging for a minute after using, and cannot use this Anew Retexturizing Peel as frequently as recommended.
One thing I particularly like is that this product is so simple to use. It only takes a few seconds to swipe a pad across my face. Since it only adds seconds to my routine twice a week, this is an easy step to include.
After about two weeks of using Anew Retexturizing Peel, I have to admit that my skin didn’t look as dull as it had been, and my makeup seemed to go on more evenly. I have now been using this product twice weekly for about two and a half months and have been reasonably happy with the results. My face seems brighter and smoother. Even though my skin is sensitive, I have not had any kind of reaction or break outs after using this product (other than the stinging). Even though I experience some stinging, my face does not become red or irritated.
I don’t really have wrinkles on my face other than around my eyes, so I cannot attest to whether or not this peel aids in wrinkle reduction. While I like this product and feel that it has improved my skin, I wouldn’t characterize the results as dramatic. For those who have less sensitive skin and can use this product every other day, the results might possibly be more noticeable. I find it hard to believe that results “superior” to a professional chemical peel can be achieved with this product. That said, I liked Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel enough that I would purchase it again if it was available at a good price. I do not, however, consider this a must-have product!
Will I Buy This Again?
The regular price forAvon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel is $25, which in my opinion, is not outrageous, but a little pricey. I got it for free when I purchased it with Anew Clinical Eye Cream Duo. I have noticed Anew products are frequently on sale, so I will probably purchase it again when the price is right. It gets 3.5 stars from me, but I’m rounding down to 3 because I think is a little too harsh to use as directed, and it doesn't live up to Avon's claim.