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