Miriam Quevedo- Black Baccara Dynamic Weekend Peel Booster
There are so many skincare brands today, we could not be faulted for not having heard of some of them, even the best ones. Towards the end of 2017 and into 2018 now, I’ve been growing familiar with a skincare brand based out of Spain that is quickly gaining worldwide attention and rightfully so. Miriam Quevedo is the woman behind her namesake skincare brand. Her obsession with all things skincare began while working as a little girl in her Mother’s Barcelona apothecary store. Throughout her life, she experimented with a myriad of ingredients, studying each one in-depth until she became an expert in their unique properties and then as an adult, launched her skincare brand. Serendipitously, Quevedo’s husband is also an expert in the field, with 35 years in cosmetics research and development.
My first introduction to Miriam Quevedo was with the Black Baccara Dynamic Weekend Peel Booster. If you’re unfamiliar with Black Baccara, it is a term long used to describe a particular type of Rose, whose petals are of such a deep and rich reddish purplish color that they at times appear nearly black. As its name suggests, this Weekend Peel Booster is a serum whose function is to deliver a potent dose of exfoliation without manual rubbing of any kind. This exfoliating serum is meant to be used only twice a week at night only.
Filled with the usual suspects of exfoliation ingredients such as AHAs, Fractioned Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acid Betaine, there is something special about Quevedo’s Black Baccara Dynamic Weekend Peel Booster that places it leagues above all the exfoliating serums I’ve come across. Within the first two uses, I noticed light skin peeling on my cheeks, as if I’d gone to the dermatologist or facialist for a glycolic peel. With just light rubbing of my fingers in the peeling areas, I was able to remove the dead skin.
Some of the key ingredients in this exfoliating serum include:
Rare Black Baccara Bio-adaptive Concentrate: Creates an ideal micro-environment to protect against negative epigenetic factors (stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, etc.) that can lead to accelerated aging. Detects skin’s exact needs and adapts to provide necessary protection against internal and external stressors. Regulates cellular “clock” that can be offset by our lifestyle ensuring cells function properly. Clinical studies*
Fractioned Hyaluronic Acid: Unique combination of thousands of molecular weights to mimic the hyaluronic acid found naturally in our skin. Improves moisture content and elasticity, while strengthening skin’s barrier. Fine lines are diminished, wrinkles are reduced by number and depth, skin looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper. Clinical studies*
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Naturally derived from fruit and lactic acids, to evenly and gently exfoliate revealing newer, shinier, healthier skin. Brightens skin, restores a healthy pH, removes blackheads, treats pigmentation and acne and diminishes fine lines.
Amino Acid Betaine: Derived from sugar beets. Hydrates, maintains water balance and protects against irritants.
Panthenol: Hydrates skin, increases cell renewal, removes and diminishes imperfections, and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Increases skin´s elasticity and smoothness.
After several weeks of continued twice weekly at night use, I decided to venture into an area usually not recommended for peels or exfoliating serums. I dabbed tiny amounts right under my eye to see what would happen to the couple of milia that sometime crop up and that short of going to a dermatologist to get them removed, stay there annoyingly. After two times of gently dabbing the Black Baccara Weekend Peel Booster under eye, I was shocked to see the milia had completely disappeared. No poking, no prodding, no expensive dermatologist visits.
After about two months use, my skin was flawless with exception of the few stubborn sun spots that others in my life call cute but I call annoyances. This Miriam Quevedo exfoliating serum has a permanent spot in my skincare routine and I truly don’t know how on earth I lived without it all these years. Available at 75 Euros (roughly US $92), this beautiful bottle lasts for approximately 8 months with twice weekly use.