Luminous 3-Minute Peel

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The peel is a “Protein Peel”. Spread the peel very thinly over the skin using damp hands. Peel the upper half of the face (nose, undereye, forehead, eyebrow, temples). Complete this process entirely, and then start again and peel the bottom half of the face (cheeks, jowl, neck, jawline). Massage gently over the skin in a circular motion, using a little water on your hand to activate properly. Within 15-20 seconds, you will feel new tiny solids under your fingertips. These new solids are the combination of the product and the protein on the surface of your skin (dead cells!). Continue this massaging motion across the body area you are treating for about 2 minutes until all the product has converted to skin/product “bits”.
Pro tip: Dark under-eye circles are often dead skin, which absorbs light, making the area appear darker. Peel this area gently using the product on your ring fingers and watch the darkness disappear!

Real Chemistry has learned a lot since our re-launch in June 2014. Over 100,000 reviews on have been very illuminating and one thing we learned was that our directions for how to use this new category of peel could be clearer.

The peel was originally tested in 2011-2012 in relatively humid locations (Florida, Georgia, The Carolinas, and Tennessee) and this testing environment did not allow for significant climate variance so it appears we missed something. We discovered when we launched and began reviewing consumer feedback, some consumers were experiencing performance issues with the product if the peel was allowed to dry completely. If it is allowed to dry completely on the skin, it will not activate correctly. These revised directions should be helpful.


Cleanse skin and leave slightly damp. Spread gel thinly and quickly over your forehead, cheeks, chin, neck, and decollete. Quickly begin massaging these areas in a circular motion with slightly damp hands using light to moderate pressure. After 15-20 seconds, solids should form under the fingertips. This means the peel is activating correctly as the gel is now combining with your dead skin (proteins). Massage for 2-3 minutes or until all of the gel has combined with dead skin. Cleanse area again. To save time, try using the peel in the shower! Just pat your face and hands mostly dry and the use the peel as directed. Upon completion, turn back to the shower head to rinse. The water pressure will also assist with removal of the tiny solids from fine facial hair.

An enormous amount of tissue is removed during this process, and you may consider applying your peel while showering. Just hang a towel over the shower door, pat the face dry after cleansing, apply and utilize the peel and watch your dead tissue fall away and into the floor of the shower. Upon completion, turn back to the water and cleanse the area again to ensure its complete removal.

If you can make time to pamper yourself once per week, we recommend peeling in the evening, and then applying your Real Chemistry® Environmental Rescue Mask with our proprietary MTHV Complex® for 20-30 minutes. The mask contains almost a full ounce of our serum with our proprietary MTHV Complex®. Do not rinse the face and neck after the mask is applied. For optimal results, allow the serum to sit on the skin during sleep. You might also apply your favorite emollient or night cream over the serum. We hope you agree that you will awaken with the more gorgeous, luminous skin you have ever seen.

The luxurious pump-cap tube contains 50ml or 1.7 ounces. The contents will peel the face and neck approximately 15 times. Used weekly, the peel will last about 3 months. Different skin conditions dictate different regimens, however, and this will impact how long the product lasts. Tube life also depends upon how much is used during each peel and how many areas are peeled.

Here is an idea of how long the peel may last in your situation:

Ingrown hair (face, bikini): Daily right before shaving (small amount, small area)

Tube life: ~4-5 weeks

Acne: Peel 2-3 times per week

Tube life: ~ 6 weeks

Hyperpigmentation: Peel 1-2 times per week

Tube life: ~7 weeks

Rosacea: Peel 1 time per week

Tube life: ~ 12-15 weeks

Dry Skin: Peel 1 time per week

Tube life: ~12-15 weeks

Oily Skin: Peel twice per week

Tube life: ~6-7 weeks

Sensitive Skin: Peel once every 10 days

Tube life: ~ 4-5 months

If you have any questions about the regimen that is best for your or about how to best utilize the product, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!

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Product Ingredients

  • Aqua
  • Glycerin
  • PEG 5
  • Glyceryl Triisostearate (Polyethlene Glycol)
  • Alkyl benzyl trimethyl ammonium chloride
  • Carbomer
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • PEG 40
  • Hydrgenated Castor Oil
  • PCA Isostearate
  • Diazolidnyl Urea
  • Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Disodium EDTA

4 reviews for Luminous 3-Minute Peel

  1. Alexandra (verified owner)

    Really great!
    Awesome product! Getting a peel with a professional can be pricey, but having this prodct at home you can get it done safely (if you follow the directions they give, that is), and get great results. I used it when my face was feeling grainy and I got out of the shower with a new face after having used it.

  2. Toria (verified owner)

    so reading how this was supposed to work i was like nah this isnt gonna work this is gonna be terrible but i was like im gonna try it anyway AND MAN AM I GLAD I DID its legit magic you get to exfoliate without damaging your skin and its helps to get rid of blemishes quickly bc you are unclogging your pores and your skin feels so nice afterwards

  3. Maegan (verified owner)

    Awesome product!
    I have definitely noticed a difference when using this product regularly. The pores around my nose and chin tend to get clogged with makeup/dirt that is difficult to rid with just face cleanser. Immediately after using this peel, the pores around my nose and chin were unclogged and my whole face felt very smooth and refreshed. After a couple of weeks of using the peel twice a week, I noticed a brighter and more even complexion. I haven’t found another product that works as good as this one when it comes to unclogging pores. I will be purchasing the full size product.

  4. User (verified owner)

    Love love love
    I loved this so much I made my husband try it. This is an awesome product!

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