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Quinoa, a su­per­food that has had health afi­ciona­dos in thrall, is now mak­ing its prow­ess known in a mi­cropeel. Li Ying Lim speaks to the ex­perts at Kiehl’s about their new dis­cov­ery. con­tin­ues. While test­ing for­mu­la­tions against the con­ven­tional der­ma­to­log­i­cal gly­colic peels and peels with 20 per­cent of gly­colic con­tent, Kiehl’s dis­cov­ered that the quinoa husk per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally as a gen­tle ex­fo­li­at­ing agent.

“As the quinoa seeds were be­ing rinsed, the plant’s dis­carded outer husks be­gan to bub­ble,” re­calls Roberta Weiss, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct in­no­va­tion at Kiehl’s. “This ac­tiv­ity led to the find­ing that quinoa husks have ex­em­plary skin ex­fo­li­a­tion ben­e­fits. What was once con­sid­ered waste, is now a unique sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery.” For those wor­ried about ex­ploita­tions in Bo­livia, where Kiehl’s sources its quinoa, rest as­sured, the brand has pledged to use the nat­u­ral re­sources re­spon­si­bly, part­ner­ing with Bo­li­vian sup­pli­ers and Proinpa, a foundation that pro­motes sus­tain­abil­ity in the com­mu­nity.

Still, there are ques­tions. Why did Kiehl’s de­cide on a con­cen­trate that works through the night, as op­posed to a peel that takes only 15 min­utes? “We need to set the ex­pec­ta­tions for gly­colic peels—that it is an on­go­ing thing,” re­minds Geyer. “What needs to be rinsed off is also usu­ally a lot more ag­gres­sive on the skin.”

In fact, this peel con­cen­trate is so gen­tle that Geyer highly rec­om­mends it as part of an anti-acne regime. “This is a prod­uct uniquely ben­e­fi­cial for acne-prone skin and works syn­er­gis­ti­cally with anti-acne prod­ucts. Acne comes from plugs that block the pores and so the se­bum can’t come out. This type of ex­fo­li­a­tion is great to fa­cil­i­tate anti-acne prod­ucts, mak­ing it a great op­tion for peo­ple who want an anti-age­ing and anti-acne so­lu­tion all at the same time.”

While some have had doubts about whether one is too young for a peel, Weiss laughs and says it is never too early. “The ear­lier you start, the bet­ter. Your skin has a faster me­tab­o­lism when you’re younger. As you age, your skin is slow­ing down grad­u­ally. 20 years old is not too early.” Kiehl’s Der­ma­tol­o­gist So­lu­tions Nightly Refin­ing Mi­cro-Peel Con­cen­trate is avail­able at Kiehl’s stores na­tion­wide.

Kiehl’s Der­ma­tol­o­gist So­lu­tions Nightly Refin­ing Mi­cro-Peel Con­cen­trate, RM295

In the midst of rins­ing out the quinoa husks

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