Elemis is a brand that I'm only becoming familiar with now, but by all accounts their products are excellent and are used in spas and salons all over the UK and Ireland. I was sent this peel a while back to try, and have waited a few weeks to ensure that it agreed with my skin and so on!
So, down to business: the Papaya Enzyme Peel is one of Elemis' best selling products. It's been repackaged as a special limited edition to celebrate it's tenth birthday - the tropical-themed box and tube was created by British designed Laura Oakes. For every product sold Elemis will provide a 5-in-1 Pentavalent vaccine to immunise a child in Africa against five leading diseases, and hope to donate 50,000 vaccines through this programme, making this a really smart buy in more ways than one.
This 'peel' is basically a micro-exfoliating facemask. You apply it to clean skin, leave for ten to twelve minutes, and rinse off. Is it any use? I've been using mine for a while now, and definitely prefer it to traditional abrasive exfoliators (although I do use these as well because I'm a skincare junkie). It leaves my skin looking really radiant and refreshed, and would work well as an instant pick-me-up if you're getting ready for an event or night out.
Because this is a creamy, non-abrasive product, it should suit even sensitive skin that may not react well to 'lumpy' exfoliators. The active enzyme, Papain, dissolves dry and dead skin-cells but has a cut-off point, so it won’t over exfoliate or leave the skin looking red and blotchy.
Overall, this is a fab product. I love the limited edition packaging and it smells gorgeous, too. It's available at Harvey Nichols in Dundrum and www.timetospa.co.uk for £29.