Can a herbal peel be better than microdermabrasion treatment? | D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel Review

Monday, 20 January 2020

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel

What kind of scrub do you use in your skincare routine? I like to switch between chemical and physical scrubs. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that removes the dead skin cells from your skin. Nowadays, we got all these tools for home use like cleansing brushes, and some microdermabrasion devices are easy to use at home. But have you ever heard about microdermabrasion in a scrub? D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel is a scrub based on natural ingredients which I wanted to try because as a trained professional I wanted to understand why D'Alchemy decided to give such name to the scrub.

About D'Alchemy

D'Alchemy is a young polish skincare brand. I tried to track the brand's history, but I couldn't find reviews and articles before 2018. D'Alchemy concept is easy - they mix natural ingredients with technology. It sounds simple, but it's more complicated than we can imagine. Selected components have to be certified, and they can't lose their properties in the process of making a product. You won't find here ingredients such as milk, honey, caviar, collagen and other animal-derived substances. The brand doesn't test product on the animals, which makes it suitable for vegetarians and vegans. What can you expect from D'Alchemy? Lots of natural extracts, oils, hydrosols and essential oils. I'm aware that not everyone is a fan of aromatherapy, but I'll focus on this in a 'texture & scent' part. D'Alchemy products are free from 11 substances: formaldehyde, synthetic preservatives (unless they are identical to natural ones), parabens, lanolin, paraffin, silicones, SLS/SLES, PEG/PPG, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colourants and nano-particles.

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Why is organic skincare so famous in Poland?

Organic skincare grew a lot in Poland. In general, skincare is growing in Poland and Ukraine, and there are few reasons for that. It's not only about consumers and their wallets. Some brands started to sell their products overseas. The awareness of skin diseases like skin cancer is higher than ten years ago. These are only a few of the reasons. Organic skincare usually goes along with healthy and slow living. People started to focus more on animal cruelty, and they prefer to choose local brands using local components.

What's microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is a skincare procedure. It removes outer layers of the skin. I would recommend you to check this Healthline article since it sums up the whole procedure in easy to understand language. All I want to mention - because this part is necessary - the method of microdermabrasion I'm using is to do horizontal and vertical lines next. It's a great way to remove dead skin cells, it can be useful if you fight with post-acne scars & pigmentation. Remember that Microdermabrasion shouldn't be done during the summer and it can't be used on inflamed skin. D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel can be a good replacement for Microdermabrasion during the summer.

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D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel - Packaging

I love D'Alchemy aesthetic. It gives me minimalistic, but modern vibes. The packaging can be recycled and I think it's an important fact. I don't like when brands consider themselves as green, forgets about the environment. Hopefully, D'Alchemy is thoughtful.

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel - Texture

The texture is like a delicate, fine-grain scrub. You can feel the texture on the skin. It feels nothing like the microdermabrasion treatment, but I like the feeling of rice powder on my skin.

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel - Scent

The scent is herbal, it's even hard to say what it reminds me of - Witch Hazel, a bit of Vervain and maybe a bit of Rosemary and Sage. It's a specific scent and some people might not enjoy it, but this scent makes me relaxed.

Who can use D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel?

When we select scrubs for different skin types, we have some rules - skin type, skin condition, sensitivity to the substances. I'm glad that D'Alchemy wrote on their website that Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel is not recommended for acne-prone skin with signs of inflammation. Similar to microdermabrasion treatment, this scrub can't be used on inflamed skin because it contains tiny elements that can make inflamed skin worse. If your skin is sensitive I would be careful with the pressure and amount of treatment during the week. Skin with rosacea and PIE should be careful with this peel as well - it might make your skin condition worse, for these two conditions it's safer to use enzyme peels or chemical peels.

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D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel - Ingredients

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Lippia Citriodora (Verbena) Leaf Water, Propanediol, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aqua, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice, Prunus Persica (Peach) Juice, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Rosa Gallica (French Rose) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Beta-Sitosterol, Alcohol, Squalene, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Zinc Sulfate, Salicylic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Linalool, Eugenol, Cinamal

Let's look what's inside D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Water
According to D'Alchemy, it's a witch hazel hydrosol. It's a remedy for rosacea. It's also an astringent with soothing and antibacterial properties.

Kaolin Kaolin is also known as China Clay
It's a great clay for all skin types, because it's the most delicate clay available. It has a positive meaning to oily skin since it can absorb the sebum.

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Water 
Water made out of lemon, it has the power of an antioxidant. It contains Vitamin C, which is a great ingredient to brighten your skin. Ideal for many skin types including sensitive skin.

Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder
It's a natural exfoliator.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water 
It's a hydrosol with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It's told to have a relaxing scent.

Lippia Citriodora (Verbena) Leaf Water 
It's a Verbena hydrosol. It's also a herb used in traditional medicine. I love the scent of verbena because it's fresh and it doesn't remind me herbs at all. I would say it's more like lemon, and even if it's a hydrosol - D'Alchemy Essential Body Balm also contains this ingredient and it smells clearly like vervain. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. This ingredient is ideal for acne-prone skin.

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Propanediol
It's an Ecocert approved preservative and solvent used instead of Propylene Glycol. It's derived from corn grain, and it works as a humectant.

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil
An antioxidant and natural emollient. This oil is rich in linoleic acid which makes it ideal for oily skin. It's a source of Vitamins A and E.

Dicaprylyl Carbonate
It's a plant-derived stabilizer, it acts like emollient on the skin which makes it ideal for dry skin.

Isopropyl Palmitate
Another emollient.

Glyceryl Stearate
Another plant-derived emollient. According to D'Alchemy, it prevents the skin from transepidermal water loss.

Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol
Emulsifiers.

Aqua
I feel like I don't need to introduce you to the most popular ingredient which usually you can meet at the beginning of the formulas.

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Glycerin
It's one of the most known moisturizers.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
According to D'Alchemy, Lavender Oil can help with skin inflammation and fungal infections. It's an oil used in Aromatherapy, it can be relaxing, but some people might fight it irritating. Every person reacts differently to skincare ingredients and aromatherapy.

Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil
Source of Vitamins A and C. It has a calming effect, so if you can stress this scent might be helpful. It's recommended to acne-prone skin because it can speed up the healing process.

Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice
A natural source of AHA, but in this case Pyrus Malus (Apple) Juice is used to brighten the dull skin.

Prunus Persica (Peach) Juice
Source of Vitamins B and minerals. It helps with moisture and elasticity of the skin.

Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Seed Extract
Source of Vitamin E. Wheat is better for dry and mature skin, it's a good moisturizer.

Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract
Source of Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene. It's a rich in minerals extract ideal for acne-prone skin.

Panax Ginseng Root Extract
My favourite ingredient. A powerful antioxidant used for ages in Chinese Traditional Medicine but also Korean Hanbang.

Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Oil
Essential oil with antiseptic properties.

Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Oil
Cinnamon Bark Oil can help with pigmentation and uneven skin tone.

Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil 
Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oil.

Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract
Rich in Vitamin C antioxidant.

Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract
Rich in Vitamin C extract, it moisturizes the skin.

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Carica Papaya Fruit Extract
Papaya Extract nourishes the skin.

Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate
A natural emulsifier.

Citric Acid 
D'Alchemy uses Citric Acid to balance the pH.

Xanthan Gum 
It's a thickener.

Rosa Gallica (French Rose) Flower Extract 
Source of Vitamin C. According to D'Alchemy, it helps with moisture and capillaries.

Rosa Damascena (Damask Rose) Flower Oil 
An ingredient with high value, this rose is typical for Bulgaria. Damask Rose is a source of Vitamin C, but it is used for mature skin since it works well for the elasticity of the skin.

Potassium Sorbate 
It's a preservative that protects the product from microorganisms like fungi (because not every fungus is positive).

Sodium Benzoate 
It's a preservative, and according to D'Alchemy, it's derived from blueberries, cranberries, mushrooms, cinnamon, cloves and dairy products.

Sodium Phytate 
It's an ingredient derived from rice grain. Its main task is to save ingredient properties.

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel

Tocopherol 
It's a Vitamin E - excellent antioxidant and moisturizer.

Beta-Sitosterol 
It's a soothing ingredient with a structure similar to cholesterol. It works as an emulsifier.

Alcohol 
It helps with product penetration. The amount is so small, so you shouldn't be scared of it. It won't dry you out.

Squalene 
It's an emollient, which naturally occurs in the human body. It's a moisturizer that prevents skin from TEWL and makes your skin smooth. The source of squalane in D'Alchemy products comes from nature. In this case, it might be a plant-like olive or amaranth.

Gluconolactone 
It's a PHA acid, an exfoliator, but it's so mild that even sensitive skin can use it. It works better as a moisturizer than an exfoliator.

Calcium Gluconate 
A humectant and stabilizer with positive effects on sensitive skin.

Hydrolyzed Algin 
It's a derived from Algae humectant.

Zinc Sulfate 
A preservative

Salicylic Acid 
Salicylic Acid is also known as BHA. It's an ideal exfoliant for acne-prone skin, but D'Alchemy uses it also as a preservative.

Sorbic Acid 
It's a preservative.

Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Eugenol and Cinamal 
These are perfuming ingredients.

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What do I think about D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel?

Usually, I try to run away from mechanical exfoliants - even during my practice as an esthetician, I usually go for enzyme peels and chemical exfoliation, because they are safest products I can use and the majority of my clients have rosacea or PIE. Since my skin is combo and acne-prone, but my acne isn't in an "active" form - it's nothing else than lots of pimples on the skin - I can use this scrub. Application of this scrub is like a ritual, I use it as a scrub mask - I apply it gently on the skin with a circular motion and then I leave it for a while. It's my way to relax after a long day. Even if I work with scents and people who usually wear perfumes and sometimes all the scents I smell during the day is making me overwhelmed with fragrances, still, D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel makes me calm. It's a heavy herbal scent, but there are some scents which I like to smell no matter what like ginseng or verbena. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. The skin is smooth, soft and delicate in touch after the scrub is done, it's a clay-based product so it can take a couple of minutes to remove it from the surface of the skin.

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel - Price & where to buy it?

D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel costs 109 PLN for 50ml or if you want to pay in Euro - €32.06. You can buy products from the official website. D'Alchemy delivers all the products to Poland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The free delivery starts at 149 PLN/€44. D'Alchemy Natural Micro-Dermabrasion Peel in a mini version (15 ml) costs 59PLN/€17.35. If you plan to visit Poland or you live in Poland, then D'Alchemy products are available at drugstore chains like Sephora, Kontigo and Super-pharm. Check D'Alchemy to find shops that carry their products in your country - there's a huge selection of places in Spain where you can find the brand.

Overall, D'Alchemy surprised me again and I wish this brand would be more popular outside Poland because their products have a world-class quality in both design and formula.

Let me know if you tried D'Alchemy before

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