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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Radiant Skin Peel, Renu by Susan Molyneux

This is a weekly gentle skin peel, I have used on and off for years and love using it and seeing radiant skin afterwards.


Papaya enzyme (papain)
Lactic Acid
Vitamin C
Blackcurrant Seed Oil

Peels or Scrubs?
There are pros and cons for each of the above, but the general consensus is that an activity to boost cell renewal once a week, and there are several exfoliating scrubs on the market.  Skin Peels outside of a salon are a bit rarer, as they can be a bit aggressive and not suitable for all skins.  Renu have formulated a very effective yet gentle skin peel for home use.

How it Works
Lactic acid and Papaya enzyme are the two natural fruit based (AHA’s) ingredients responsible for removing dry, dead skin cells which would give the skin a dull, dry appearance.  Lactic Acid is frequently used in skin peels and can give a slight burning sensation if used at high levels, which is why skin peels are typically done professionally.  Papaya is an enzyme that’s aids digestion and tenderises meat as it breaks down proteins.  This particularly papaya is encapsulated which 1) protects in in the formulation and enhances its activity on the skin and 2) means it can pass through the skin barrier (stratum corneum) to be more effective than other papaya peels.  Vitamin C is a power anti-oxidant that brightens the skin and gives radiance, this would also be boosted by the Lactic Acid which is effective against hyperpigmentation and will assist in evening up skin tone.  Blackcurrant Seed Oil is a potent source of Omega 3 & 6, which are essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which are present in the skin barrier, acting as the “cement” between the cells, and providing a strong, yet flexible barrier.

Skin Affinity

This has been formulated for home use and is gentle.  The manufacturer recommends leaving it on for 5-10 minutes only and as not being suitable for hypersensitive and vascular complexions.   I would suggest doing a sensitivity test for 1+ hour on the inside of your arm before leaving it on for any longer.  I regularly leave it on overnight, and see dramatically radiant results in the morning.  It’s quite heavy, but the cream soon sinks in and does its work.  However, this is way over the manufacturers recommended time period.


Value for money – upper mass market price bracket at £30.95, available online from Monu Skincare, online beauty stores and via independent consultants
Effectiveness – Delivers visibly radiant skin via a fruit enzyme peel in a gentle manner, suitable for home use
Pampering factor – very high, feels super rich, with natural fruit fragrances
Highly recommended, as are other Monu products
USP – made in Cheltenham, UK, so you will be supporting UK manufacturing!

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