Price: $45.00 at murad.com
Let me start by telling you what the Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel promises on its leaflet: reveals brighter, smoother, younger-looking skin. I was a little skeptical when I tried it, because that’s a big promise to keep. But I washed my face, then opened one of the four vials and gently applied a thin layer of the cream to my face. I noticed a tingling sensation right away, and a little heat or sting. Nothing serious or uncomfortable, actually rather pleasant. (A quick peek at the ingredients tells me the slight sting is probably from the Glycolic and Salicylic Acids). In the cream, I noticed little cream-colored specks, which are bamboo beads, included to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. Other ingredients include durian, which is an Asian fruit, to encourage your skin to absorb the active ingredients, and dried plum extract and the marvelous antioxidant Vitamin C to brighten skin.
I waited the suggested ten minutes, then rinsed the peel away with warm water. I noticed immediately that my skin felt softer and smoother. Then I looked in the mirror. I was shocked — my skin was positively radiant, glowing! I applied the Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer and looked in the mirror again — still radiant! I was impressed. After just one 10-minute treatment, my skin looked noticeably brighter and younger. The instructions say to use the Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel once a week for best results. If my skin looks and feels this good after just one use, I can’t wait to see how beautiful my skin looks next week!