e.l.f. Cosmetics

Gentle Peeling Exfoliant

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 10.00
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Gentle Peeling Exfoliant contains microstyalline cellulose as the second ingredient. Microcrystalline cellulose refers to wood pulp ground into powder form. In a cosmetic it works as an exfoliant to manually "rub" off skin cells when massaged into skin which does offer a type of "peeling" effect. To a certain degree, it works, but it's not a total slam-dunk as we'll explain.

This "peel" has a lotion texture and is used more like a cleanser. You're instructed to rub it into dry skin, using circular motions. Doing so you'll quickly notice this exfoliant balls up on skin, taking some built-up, dead skin with it. If you're surprised by how much comes off, know that not all of it is dead skin—part of what you see is the formula itself (the cellulose and the carbomer) pilling up. You then rinse Gentle Peeling Exfoliant off, and skin is left feeling softer and smoother.

As for the called-out plant extracts, they're a mix of good and bad. Licorice root offers soothing qualities for skin but is most effective when left on skin not rinsed off. The papaya extract can have exfoliating properties, but again only when left on skin, not rinsed down the drain. Tangerine is the least desirable extract due to its fragrance component, which when combined with the formula's other fragrance ingredients can potentially irritate skin.

While the instant gratification "peeling" factor can seem impressive, ultimately it doesn't go where exfoliation is really needed in the long run to remove sun damaged and abnormal layers of dead skin. Your skin would be better off with a well-formulated, leave-on, fragrance-free AHA (for normal to dry, sun damaged skin) or BHA exfoliant (for normal to combination/oily skin). Both will serve skin better in the long run. Still, if you want to give Gentle Peeling Exfoliant a try, it's kinder to skin than an abrasive scrub so it's at least step up in the manual exfoliation arena.

  • Manually exfoliates skin in a non-abrasive way.
  • Leaves skin feeling softer and smoother.
  • Contains potentially irritating fragrance.
  • Not as efficient or effective as results from a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

An exfoliating cleanser that gently peels away dead skin and dirt for soft, healthy glowing looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and Licorice, Papaya and Tangerine extracts.

Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Quaternium-60, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Leaf Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)

e.l.f. At-A-Glance

e.l.f. (it stands for which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) was founded by Scott Vincent Borba and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in a dollar store and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores.

For a line offering many products for just a dollar (OK, there are plenty that cost $3 and $5, too), there are a surprising number of hits in the mix (especially the makeup brushes). True, not everything is going to be as luxurious or innovative as some higher-end brands, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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