Distilled Water, Salicylic acid, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide.
I have recently been getting a lot of questions about my travel routine so I thought it was high time I did a review on the star product that has kept my skin in check whilst I have been on the road so much lately. I first heard about Bravura London almost 3 years ago to the day when Pampered Prince blogged about his Glycolic Acid Trial and then when he posted about the Ginseng Toner being a Glow Tonic dupe (it is – the ingredients are virtually identical). For some reason I completely forgot about them (my mistake) until about a month ago when I found this gem amongst my cousin’s impressive skincare collection and I’m so glad I did.
Salicylic Acid (BHA) is one of my favourite ingredients because it’s excellent at deeply penetrating the pores to dissolve oil buildup, breakdown the connective tissue between dead skin cells and calm inflammation. If you suffer from acne or are acne prone – this is for you. It is basically clear skin in a bottle and I could kick myself for not using it sooner. Housed in a chic frosted, matte navy bottle, this clear, odorless liquid has a thin oil/watery serum texture and is intended to be used as a daily peel in order to maintain good skin by consistently dealing with the causes of acne before they become a problem. It’s a preventative measure and cure in one.
I was so excited to try a 2% Salicylic Acid product as I’ve never used one before and added it to my skincare routine that night. Bravura recommend using this as a peel, wearing it for only 10 minutes and then washing it off. If you are new to acids or have sensitive skin, please follow the instructions and test your reaction before doing anything differently. For me, instead of washing away the goodness, I keep the peel on overnight as a serum. The first week or so that I did this my skin was incredibly clear but also a tad dry. I remedied that by using the amazing Pai Brightening Exfoliator in the mornings when needed and then layering the peel with my favourite oil from NUDE and/or Odacite’s wonderful Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Creme on top at night. This quickly stopped any dryness and now my skin is balanced and clear.
One of the things I love about this product is how versatile it is. You can apply it as directed and leave it on for the recommended 10 minutes (increasing the time as your tolerance builds up) before washing off and applying your regular nighttime routine or, you can use it as an overnight peel with nothing else on (an excellent option for lazy skincare nights). You can also use it as a spot treatment applying it directly to blemishes to quickly calm inflammation and unclog and heal the pore. I have done all of these things and they all work very well but my favourite way to use it is as a serum after toning and before moisturizing. I feel like this works best and the difference in my (travel) skin has been dramatic.
As you can see from the ingredients list above this is not a green beauty product but I have had such good results from it that I’m more than happy to include it my 10% category. Acids (glycolic, salicylic, lactic etc) are so important for maintaining great skin but it’s not common to find acid peels at these strengths in the green beauty world. Not only that, the propylene glycol, hexylene glycol, sodium citrate and sodium hydroxide are included at levels of 2% or less so it’s definitely worth making an exception for this product if you have problematic skin.
I think Bravura are massively underrated. They are selling simple yet effective products that actually work and the price point is unbeatable. For example, Pixi Beauty’s new Overnight Glow Serum containing 10% Glycolic Acid is £26 and phenoxyethanol is ingredient 7/25. Bravura’s 10% Glycolic Acid peel (there is also a 10% Lactic Acid peel) is under £10 for the exact same quantity so if you’re looking for results that won’t cost you a fortunate – these peels are it.
I can’t recommend this product enough. Along with a few other essentials (which I will be doing a post on soon), it has given me the best “travel skin” that I have ever had and I couldn’t be happier.