The Alex Cosmetic Herbs 2 Peel, 5-day peel utilises medicinal grade herbs such as spirulina, ginseng, fenugreek and marshmallow to accelerate the skins’ turnover process without the use of harsh chemicals. This peel is said to improve the appearance of pigmentation, sun damage, lines and wrinkles and congestion. Now I know what you might be thinking right now, how can herbs make all of your skin peel in just 5 days? Well, here’s what I discovered when I road tested this treatment at La Bella Beauty Retreat.

Application of Herbs 2 Peel
The Alex Cosmetic Herbs 2 Peel has a few different levels of peels. This one was called the C peel, the most intense one; a five day peel. The application of this peel involved a one hour treatment whereby the skin therapist cleanses your skin under steam followed by the application of the herbs to damp skin.

The herbs are worked into your skin, section by section. At this point, the sensation is prickly but not too intense. These tiny herbal particles dissolve in the skin over the coming days and release their vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants which support the skin rejuvenation process.

Fine gauze is then lightly placed on your face and a soothing solution is painted over the top. This I’m told, helps to activate the herbal concoction. You’re then left to relax and marinate for the next 20 minutes. You can feel the heat emanating from your face and when touched it felt similar to the sensation of touching a thistle.

The gauze is then removed and the herbs are rinsed off lightly. A vitamin cream and BB cream is then applied and you’re sent home with them plus a soothing lotion as your post care routine.

What you should know before getting this yourself

  • Now if you’re thinking of getting this yourself here’s my tips based on my experience; plan on being super thirsty for the next few days. Like super thirsty!
  • Schedule this kind of peel when you can have some down-time; I was really tired for first two days. Even needed a little siesta after lunch!
  • You can’t wash your face OR hair for whole time (5 days) that this peel is on. Dry shampoo will be your friend as well as cotton pads to apply the soothing lotion.
  • Everyone peels differently depending on age, skin condition etc, but you really only look hideous on Day 4. Hang in there!
  • Expect your skin to feel tight, oh so tight the whole time!
    when you return to have the peel removed, it feels amazing and your skin will be fresh and glowy!

Day 5 – Peel Removal
The day I returned to have my follow-up treatment and the peel removed, my skin looked more lizard than human. But after the facial, which gently removes the dead skin and cracked skin cells, I felt fabulous. Me being old and all, (slow turnover of skin cells) some of the old skin stayed put for another 48 hours. With just a small patch on either cheek on Day 6 and a tiny patch by Day 7, with all new skin by the end of day 7.

Overall I’m really happy with the result. My pigmentation (that was my main concern) has diminished and I feel like the texture of my skin has improved. If I had to pick a negative, it would be that he BB cream left a white cast on my skin tone, but it would suit most other people.

This is a fairly intense peel, so my advice is don’t approach this flippantly. You will feel tired, thirsty and maybe even headache-y for a couple of days but the result will be worth it!

For more information about this treatment head to La Bella Beauty Retreat.


Yasmin Matthews

Yasmin Matthews  

Yasmin Matthews is a qualified Osteopath and has owned and operated Allied Health clinics with her husband for nearly 20 years. She has three school aged kids who keep her on her toes. ​​With a love of all things pampering, she is on a mission to inspire others to prioritise their own health and wellbeing // www.pampersampler.com