Any kind of at home beauty treatment is right up my street – if it involves improving my skin while not having to travel further than my own bathroom, I’M THERE.
I’d never heard of BEA as a brand, but when I was sent their AHA rejuvenating wands I was trés excited to give them a go. They claim to ‘transform your skin from lacklustre to rejuvenated and smooth’. Now that’s the kinda shit I need.
I personally have quite dry skin that flushes easily with patches of rosacea and a spot of dermatitis around my nose area to boot. I’m definitely starting to notice as I creep closer to the end of my twenties, that my skin just isn’t as glowy as it used to be. It’s just been looking tired and dull of late, and it’s definitely not as smooth as it was a few years ago, that’s for sure! And the wrinkles around my eyes…I can’t even.
I’m looking for exfoliation, I’m looking for dead skin cell removal, and just a smoother skin texture and less obvious fine lines. Too much to ask? Not for these bad boys apparently! These at-home ‘mini peels’ work their magic on a range of skin conditions including acne, pigmentation, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and are part of their advanced system range, which has been developed to treat all skin types to improve skin quality and texture. YES PLEASE. Plus, the product isn’t tested on animals and is paraben-free – winning!
They’re single use wands with swabs soaked in glycolic, lactic and citric acids – this little concoction sure makes for a pungent smell, but not enough to put me off using them. Easy to apply, just swipe over your face making sure you avoid the eyes and any broken skin (I did go over the irritated skin around my nose just out of curiosity, and it stung like a bitch – don’t try this at home kids!).
No visible layer of product left on the skin, just a tingling sensation while you wait for it to absorb into the skin. There weren’t any directions for what to do once the 10 min skin soaking time was up, other than to continue with your skin care regime, but I felt like the tingling was getting a bit intense and my skin felt quite tight so I rinsed my face and just went in with some of my usual moisturiser (Cetaphil, if you’re interested).
The woman behind the brand, Bianca Estelle, is actually a Harley Street-trained skin specialist, so you’d expect top notch results for your moolah (£60 for a pack of ten wands)! They for sure brightened up my complexion and made my skin feel super glowy and refreshed. After using them twice a week as instructed, my skin definitely feels less textured, but I’d say the rest of the benefits are more short-term.
They’d be ideal for popping in your travel bag if you want glowy skin on your hols, or to use before a big event. They do make a noticeable difference, but for me, only for a day or two. Obviously everyone’s skin is different so these might have a longer lasting result on someone else, but for me they work as more of a pick-me-up treat than a long-term answer to my skin concerns.
I hate the idea of forking out mass expense on skin resurfacing treatments at a clinic or salon, and I’m a top wuss so don’t exactly fancy signing myself up for microdermabrasion any time soon. Hence, I’m always on the lookout for an at home alternative – any recommendations? Send ’em my way!