Today’s Samples Showdown features three products from the same company. Awhile ago, Exuviance sent me a set of deluxe samples to try, which were the Performance Peel AP25, the OptiLight Essential 6 Serum, and the Evening Restorative Complex. To be honest, I was a little scared of using the peel since I have sensitive skin, and also recently just recovered from some mad beach sunburn.
EXCUVIANCE PERFORMANCE PEEL
Exuviance’s Performance Peel comes in two pouches, an activator pad and a neutralizer pad. Upon opening the activator pad, I was hit in the face with some serious chemical smell that reminded me of a perm. Thankfully, this went away after application, which was surprisingly gentle. After a few minutes of leaving it on my face, the product became tacky to the touch, and my skin started tightening. There was minor tingling, but redness or discomfort. Following their directions, I removed the activator after 10 minutes using the neutralizer pad, and then rinsed with water. Immediately I could feel that my skin felt smooth and firm.
THE VERDICT: If I’m ever shopping for an easy-to-apply peel, this would definitely make the list. But I don’t think this is something I’ll need to buy for a long time.
EXCUVIANCE OPTILIGHT SERUM
I can’t say much about the OptiLight serum since I haven’t been using it long enough. In terms of smell and texture, it’s unassuming but also not memorable.
THE VERDICT: Bleh.
EXCUVIANCE EVENING RESTORATIVE COMPLEX
This is a pretty nice moisturizer. In a gel-cream formula, it feels light and absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s biggest downside is that it’s not quite moisturizing enough for my combination skin.
THE VERDICT: If you have oily skin, this will probably work for you as a nighttime moisturizer!