Masks that function as an at-home peel are one of the biggest trends in skincare. Most of these products use fruit acids and natural minerals to remove dead skin cells, brighten the complexion and smooth skin. But should you splurge on the more expensive products or search the drugstore for a fiscally responsible choice?
Splurge. I started using Tammy Fender products in 2009, and her brand has only grown in popularity since then. Her commitment to using natural ingredients to create holistic products that pamper skin has created a loyal following.
Fender’s Epi-Peel ($80) is a clay mask mixed with spearmint, grapeseed oil and citrus juices. The product purifies skin, exfoliates and oxygenates. And it has no chemicals and uses food-grade preservatives.
I used this product for years and loved the how bright and even my complexion looked after I wiped it off. And unlike a lot of at home products that promise to give you the look of a professional facial, this one actually delivered.
Save. I picked up Pineapple Enzyme Peel ($17) on a recent trip. I hadn’t expected to stay in Montana so long, and my skin was really suffering thanks to the well water coming from my parent’s faucet. I needed a fix, fast.
This peel has many of the same ingredients as the Fender product: kaolin clay, fruit acids and vitamin C. And like the Fender product, there are no chemicals.
You mix the powder with water (you can also use yogurt) to create a peel/mask that isn’t abrasive or overly drying. It exfoliates dead skin and stimulates to brighten skin. My one complaint is that the smell is like an elementary school bathroom, not pleasant at all.
Verdict. It was a close call, but I’m splurging on the Fender mask. The Enzyme Peel gave good results, but they were no better than any of the other masks or peels in my medicine cabinet. The Fender Epi Peel, however, is something special. The day after I used it, three people asked me what makeup I was using and two more told me how rested I looked.