When Gwyneth Paltrow announced she was launching a luxury natural skincare line under her lifestyle site Goop, it was met with excitement… and some skepticism. Now that the dust has settled three months later and we’ve all had the opportunity to use the products, what’s the verdict? A big thumbs up from this beauty-obsessed mom. There are six components to the collection (a cleanser, an eye cream, two moisturizers for day and night, an exfoliant and an oil) but for me, it’s the Exfoliating Instant Facial that stands out.

The name says it all – it promises to sweep away dead skin cells to instantly brighten and soften the skin. After a few uses I did indeed notice a smoother-looking complexion and dare I say, a bit of a glow. The ingredients include natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids, plant-based cellulose beads and the most recent skincare MVP, soothing vitamin B5. It’s meant to be used 2-3 times per week after cleansing. You leave on your skin for up to three minutes, then massage using a circular motion and finally rinse with warm water and pat dry.

A few things to note – this is a very active product that contains acids and does indeed sting during use. Furthermore, the same acids that make your skin look radiant also make it sensitive to the sun, so be sure to wear heavy sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product. At $125 the price tag is not cheap but if it can save you a trip or two to the dermatologist, I’d say it’s worth it!


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