Thursday, September 9, 2010

Review: Ling Skincare Spotlight Papaya Resurface Peel

Oh boy have I worked long and hard with this product trying to get the results JoeyBunny saw in her in-spa visit at home! With that type of result in mind, I'm not sure I ever could have possibly achieved my goal with the Ling Spotlight Papaya Resurface Peel. I really wanted to like this product and recommend it wholeheartedly. But I have reservations. I don't like having reservations about this product - I think it is supposed to be the "backbone" of the Weekly Facial idea.

What the Website Claims
"Natural Papaya enzymes work to digest dead and unhealthy skin cells, unclog pores and smooth skin texture. Complexion is instantly renewed, allowing clearer and healthier skin cells to emerge. Removal of dead skin cells will allow the successful penetration of ingredients into the lower layers of the skin."
What My Big Book of Ling Skincare Stuff Says
"Papain, an enzyme derived from the papaya, breaks down the chemical bonds between healthy skin cells and dead skin cells. These dead cells are removed from the surface of the skin without trauma or scratching. Impurities are softened and easier to extract from the pores, helping reduce breakouts and blackheads over time."

This white peel resembles a cream at first but once you touch it you realize that it is gritty. It will go on your face smooth and harden if left to dry.

There is no bad smell here.

This Peel sells for $65 for 2.0 fl. oz. My little 0.5 fl. oz. version from the Weekly At-Home Facial Kit still has a lot left so I suspect you could get quite a bit of use out those 2.0 fl. oz.

My Experience
There are really two experiences with this mask I need to recount: It's use as a Peel, and it's use as a scrub. It is used both ways in the Ling Daily Regimen and Weekly At-Home Facial and I have different opinions for each use.

As a Peel
The enzymes in this mask need to be activated by heat. Ling Skincare's manual and accompanying literature is very clear on this point. They recommend for at home use using a hot towel over your face. I did not find this to be sufficient. In the spa, of course they use a steam machine to generate enough heat to activate the enzymes in the mask. But try as I might, I could not get this peel to activate the way I was expecting it to activate. This peel really made me miss my roommate from grad school who had a steam machine.
  • Did it break the bonds between my healthy skin and my dead skin?  Maybe a little, but nothing too noteworthy. I certainly could not tell a difference.
  • Did it help soften up impurities to be able to extract them? I didn't try much extraction myself after this peel. I have a habit of going nutzo when extracting.
  • Did it help my blackhead situation over time? Not really no. Actually it's gotten worse since I started using the Ling Skincare System - but this could  also be due to softball so I'm not blaming the product at all. 
  • Do you get any exfoliation? Yes, but I believe this is mostly due to the removal of the mask and the circular motion you use to peel it off.
As a Scrub
The Weekly Regimen manual recommends mixing a little bit of this peel in with your cleanser every other night for some extra exfoliation action. You really don't need much to do this. And you know what? I loved it. I could mix the right amount of proportions of cleanser to exfoliating agent that I wanted without any trouble. And yes, my skin did look better after doing this every other night.

Bottom Line
I suspect you can find better peels out there for at-home use. But as a daily scrub with cleanser this is a product worth having - for half the price. Consider it an indulgence if you purchase it (which I may). If you have a steam machine at home, go for it!

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Ling Skincare not only for my use but for review. I will not be compensated in any other way by Ling Skincare and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Ling Skincare products, nor am I affiliated with Ling Skincare in any way.