Oh hey look it’s another thing that removes the top dead surface layer of your face! Because I will never get tired of exfoliants. THIS WEEK, we’ve got Skin Food Pineapple Peeling Gel ($12/3.4oz on Ulta; varying prices but price + shipping usually around $9-10 on Amazon, just check whether it’s shipping from the US or not!).
WHAT’S THAT STUFF LIKE?
It is, predictably, quite similar to other peeling things of the “cellulose stuff that balls up as you rub it in and pulls away dead surface skin bits with it” variety, like Cure Aqua Gel and previously-reviewed It’s Skin Citron Peeling Gel. It’s a fairly liquidy goo packaged in a tube with a twist-off cap I’m not super fond of (these ALWAYS want to misalign themselves when you’re trying to put them back on while you’ve got a handful of the goo, ugh). Like with similar products, you wash your face, dry, spread a blorp of this stuff around your face and rub it in for a minute, then rinse.
DOES IT DO A THING?
It does do a thing! And like the It’s Skin version, it starts doing its pilling thing immediately (you don’t have to let it sit on your face for five minutes and dry a bit like the Cure stuff). HOWEVER, this formula seems slightly thinner, and as though it has less of the cellulose or whatever other compound(s) results in the polymerization and subsequent pilling — so I feel like it requires more product to achieve the same amount of exfoliation as the It’s Skin does. Also, despite its name and the fact that pineapple extract is close to the top of the ingredients list, this just smells vaguely citrusy to me and not pineappley at all. (Booooooo! I was hoping for pineapple-scented!) It does also contain allantoin, glycerin, glycolic and malic acids, and aloe extract (nice!) … but the fourth ingredient is denatured alcohol! (Bad! Drying!) (In fairness, I believe the It’s Skin version contains it too.)
It DID make my skin look and feel smoother after use, though. And in the “use, rinse, pat dry, apply serum, wait a few minutes and dust with powder” test, I had very few little dry or flaky areas, so the performance was okay, if not stellar. I might just relegate this one to using on my hands/cuticles, as they often get dry and icky looking because I’m constantly in solvents and shit and also because I’m AN OLD. (Srsly, the thing where people can tell your age by the backs of your hands? That shit is real.)
IN CONCLUSION : It’s … fine, I guess? It’s basically functional, but considering that you can get a slightly larger tube of It’s Skin Citron Peeling Gel for roughly the same price, and it’s more effective in my experience, AND it has a convenient flip-open cap instead of this stupid annoying twisty one — I’d skip this and buy the It’s Skin for sure.
INGREDIENTS : Water, Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Allantoin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Disodium Edta, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Glycolic Acid, Sucrose, Urea, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fd&C Yellow No.5(Ci 19140).
COMPARISON CHART :
|Skin Food Pineapple Peeling Gel||3.4oz||$10.00||pilling gel||B-|
|Dermalogica Microfoliant||2.6oz||$45.00||powder, salicylic||B|
|Ren Flash Rinse||2.5oz||$48.00||grainy, vit C||C|
|Algenist Triple Action||2oz||$58.00||grainy, glycolic||C+|
|Vasanti Brighten Up!||4.2oz||$34.00||grainy scrub||A|
|Acure Brightening Facial Scrub||4oz||$8.49||grainy scrub||B-|
|It’s Skin Citron Peeling Gel||4oz||$10.00||pilling gel||A-|
Tried this one? Were you also disappointed that it doesn’t smell like pineapple AT ALL? (I’m so disappointed.) Discuss!