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Rihanna’s Preferred Quick Facial is Superior to Any Chemical Peel


Rihanna’s Preferred Quick Facial is Superior to Any Chemical Peel

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Rihanna’s Preferred Quick Facial is Superior to Any Chemical Peel

Admiration for Rihanna knows no bounds. Ever since “Pon De Replay” first hit my ears in middle school back in 2005, I have been captivated by the iconic pop star’s talent, fashion sense, unbridled confidence, and overall badass persona. One of the top items on my Rihanna-inspired wishlist has always been her radiant, lit-from-within skin. Now, I can achieve a similar level of luminosity on my own skin with Fenty Beauty Pre-Show Glow 10% AHA Treatment ($40).

Fenty Skin, Pre-Show Glow 10% AHA Treatment + Reusable Applicator — $40.00

Elevate your skin to the spotlight with this potent chemical exfoliant that provides instant skin transformation.

This chemical exfoliating treatment essentially offers a red-carpet facial experience in a bottle. It contains a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that effectively eliminate dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking brighter, smoother, and more even in tone.

“Alpha hydroxy acids function by exfoliating or removing the top layers of the epidermis, also known as the stratum corneum,” explains Dr. Tracy Evans, MD, MPH, a board-certified dermatologist and medical director of Pacific Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology. The formulation combines three potent AHAs—glycolic, citric, and lactic acids—at a concentration of 10%, which Dr. Evans indicates makes it a gentle yet efficient exfoliant.

Aside from AHAs, the treatment contains a powerful blend of glow-enhancing ingredients like fruit-derived vitamin C, Barbados cherry (a tribute to RiRi’s heritage), and rooibos, which according to Dr. Evans, is effective in reducing inflammation in stressed skin.

Every bottle of Pre-Show Glow comes with a reusable exfoliating pad that easily fits over your fingers for effortless exfoliation. To use, begin by rinsing your face with warm water and dampening the applicator. Then, dispense a few drops of the treatment onto the pad. (A tip: a small amount goes a long way—this product lathers quickly). Gently scrub the applicator over your face for 30-60 seconds, rinse, and pat dry.

Due to the potent nature of the AHAs in the formula, Dr. Evans suggests following up with a good moisturizer and applying SPF 30 or higher before sun exposure. For individuals with sensitive skin, it is advisable to use the product sparingly and conduct a patch test on the inner arm for three days or more before applying to the face or neck (the same recommendation applies to those with fruit allergies, as the product contains fruit-derived actives).

While the formula is powerful, it may take a few applications before significant results are observed. After my initial use, I noticed my skin felt softer and smoother, but there were no substantial changes in brightness. It wasn’t until the third or fourth application that I truly saw a noticeable difference, but now with regular bi-weekly use, my skin instantly appears more radiant. At this stage, I almost feel deserving of my own record deal.

While most of us may never replicate Rihanna’s incredible voice, effortlessly cool style, or overall essence, achieving her next-level glow is now (at last!) within grasp.

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