THE BLOG
10/24/2013 06:49 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Why You MUST Own The Lotus Moon Pumpkin Enyzme Peel

There are three requirements on my beauty checklist when I'm buying and trying a new product. 1) The formula: If it isn't for oily skin, it isn't for me. 2) The smell: I can't stand bad smelling-products, especially with skincare. (Mascara, you get a pass on this one.) 3) The packaging: It has to look fabulous, even if it's just going to sit in a drawer. I also prefer paraben-free products; it's not a deal breaker, just a bonus point.

The Lotus Moon Pumpkin Peel ticks off all of those boxes, and more. Initially, I was scared to try a peel on my face, having only used masks in the past. However, this peel was more gentle than any cleansing mask I've ever tried.

lotus moon pumpkin enyzme peel

Lotus Moon Pumpkin Enyzme Peel, $48, smbessentials.com

The formula is for oily/combination, sun-damaged skin (that's me!) and helps to "normalize cellular turnover, and smooth the skin surface and accelerate the emergence of new cells". I have very pigmented skin due to roasting in the sun like a turkey, and I'm also shamefully addicted to popping zits. I never realized that using a peel instead of a mask would help cellular turnover, while also being a bit more hydrating.

Everything you've ever wanted to smell in autumn is in this jar. Since it's ten percent pumpkin (pumpkin puree, pumpkin wine, and pumpkin enzymes) with a dash of cinnamon, it makes your face smell like a pumpkin pie; which makes the peel experience even more spa-like. And the packaging is simple, but expensive-looking because of the thick glass jar (which comes in handy if you tend to drop things, like myself). You don't get a ton of product, but it lasts for a while. I haven't even gotten through a third of it, and I've been using it since August.

I applied it twice a week -- five to seven minutes per session -- and combined with the Lotus Moon Natural Skin Brightening Complex, I'm finally comfortable leaving my house without foundation.

Rating: 5 out of 5. A luxurious treatment that smells of everything pumpkin latte goodness for your face, and it actually works. Sold!