Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel Review
A $100 peel? “Are you mother effffing joking right now?” That was my reaction. You know that I’m mostly a budget girl. But there are a few products in life that I think are completely worth having no matter that eye watering price tag. Case in point would be Sunday Riley’s Good Genes which is also upwards of a $100 depending on the size of the product you buy. So, is the Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel worth its astronomical price tag? Let’s find out.
Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel – Concept & How to Use
This product is a two step peel system. The first step is a delicious smelling orange concoction. It is basically a scrub that you massage on your face for 3 minutes. Once you’ve done that, the next step is an activator. You’re supposed to take a few drops of the activator and start massaging it on top of the scrub and leave it on for a minute. This product from start to finish should take you about 4-6 minutes.
“Peel and reveal. Powered by super-nutrient Vitamin C, our clarifying two-step peel gently polishes skin as it fades dark spots and discoloration. Step 1 gently exfoliates; Step 2 activates brightening and moisturizing actives—you simply peel away to uncover instant radiance. Your complexion feels instantly new: smoother, even-toned and illuminated. Protective antioxidants and collagen-boosters combine to refine and renew skin, such as age-defying actives and brightening ingredients, including:
- Vitamin C—the formula’s star multitasker—to reduce dark spots and dullness, lighten skin and jump-start collagen production.
- Carrot seed oil to heal and balance dry or chapped skin, while helping fight age spots and sun damage.
- Lactic acid to gently exfoliate skin so it’s properly prepped to absorb brightening, hydrating and healing nutrients.” – Erno Laszlo
Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel – Price & Availability
This peel is available at a whole bunch of high end stores – Sephora, Saks, Nordstrom, Dermstore etc. And like I said, it retails for 100 USD.
Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel – Effects on the Skin
So, now on to answer that question – is it worth that $100?
Well, the first time I used it, I started to take the phase 1 – the scrub and massage it on to my face. I was disappointed at how abrasive the scrub was. I thought that the high end skincare makers knew better than to make abrasive scrubs that damage the skin by giving it micro tears. Anyway, I am actually pretty used to scrubs and I do like physical exfoliation every once a week, it’s the kinda thing that my dry skin needs. Anyway, so I finished up with step 2. Step 2 is the lactic acid which is the activator. This is also the step in which your skin starts to feel warm as you keep rubbing the product in. After I was done, I could literally see my skin being peeled off to a whole new brightness. I’m a brown girl, so the effects of whitening and brightening are quite pronounced on me. After using the peel, I could immediately see the brightening effects. But, the most pronounced effect of all I saw was how BABY SOFT my skin felt. When I say baby soft, I want to underline and underscore and emphasize that just to make you understand how incredibly soft the skin feels after this peel. I’ve never felt anything like it in my adult skin. However, after that first use and temporary brightening effect, that was all I could notice. After about a few hours, my skin was back to its normal self, nothing special. Nothing that wowed me enough to think this product was worth those kinda coins.
P.S. The one other product that had given me that similar brightening effect before was the Kate Somerville Exfolikate exfoliator which is a chemical and physical exfoliator in one.
So let’s forward to the second time I used this. This is where I really started to notice a difference in my skin. I don’t have huge teenage-y acne, however, the biggest trouble with my skin is that I have lots of texture – bumpy skin and severe PIE. PIE is the red brown pigmentation left behind on your skin after acne. This post will help explain the difference between PIE and PIH in deeper detail. So the second time I used this product, I immediately knew I was in trouble. Trouble because I now know I will have to repurchase this product the second I run out of it. This literally lived up to ALL of its claims. My skin really DID feel:
- refined and renewed
- dark spots faded
Usually when brands make claims, there’s almost always a chance that some or most of those claims are not true. This is one of those rare products where I wholeheartedly agree with every single claim. And funnily enough, even though this is a peel, my severely dry skin didn’t actually feel dry at all after using it. That carrot seed oil and lactic acid might really be doing a great job at peeling and hydrating at the same time. It’s unbelievable. I have never found a product that faded my pesky spotty skin like this has. Sunday Riley’s Good Genes comes close in terms of making my skin brighter and more glowy. But this does a way better job of actually fading my spots. I got compliments all week from my parents, friends etc. while video chatting with them because they could visibly see the difference in my skin even through the crappy video quality. You know a product is working when the effects are visible to others. Usually, it’s just the person really closely observing their own skin and that’s why they can tell some of the minute differences. But here, the good effects are very obviously visible.
P.S. I am the kind of person who wants the most out of a product; so even though the instructions say to leave the product(s) on for a certain time limit, I usually let them sit for a while longer to let the product really work. I am not giving this advice as any kind of professional, this is just a thing I do and it works wonders for my skin. So if you’re also wanting to experiment, do it at your own risk. Some people may have an averse reaction to leaving the product on for longer. So just be careful and listen to what your skin needs.
Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel – Summary
- Fades Dark Spots
- Refines Texture
- Makes skin amazing overall
- Worth every penny
- Scrub or Step 1 is abrasive. Might not be suitable for some skins
- Hella expensive $$$
I was super super lucky enough to be sent the Erno Laszlo Vitamin C Peel for free via Influenster. But like I said, it sucks that I love it, because now I know I’m going to repurchase it. Until then, I’m going to keep using this as sparingly as I can.
Alright loves. I think that ends my little love story for this product. Have any of you tried this? Since this was my first introduction to this brand, I am curious to know what other gems are there. So, let’s chat and let me know if you have tried/liked this product or anything else from Erno Laszlo.
Until next time ..