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Berry AHA! Bright Peel Review: Etude House’s Answer to Bright and Clear skin

Etude House Berry AHA Bright Peel Line

What even is an AHA? Well, AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid and you will find quite a lot of these in skincare products these days.
Think of AHA’s in skincare like friendly little Pac-Man, eating up your dead skin cells to make way for bright and wonderful skin to shine!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids can be found in things like citrus fruit, milk and even grapes and work as an incredibly gentle peel, dissolving the ‘glue’ that holds dead skin cells in place (making your skin appear dull) and revealing a brighter complexion. They can help reduce fine lines on the face, even out skintone and keep your skin feeling soft.

The Berry AHA! Bright Peel line from Etude House is dedicated to these friendly AHA ingredients – I’m a massive fan of AHA containing products so I just had to give them a try.

How to Use: After cleansing apply to the face using hands or a cotton pad – pat in to absorb.

Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Boosting Serum

Despite the name this isn’t actually a serum, it’s a toner. This product is to be used directly after cleansing and before any other products. The AHA it contains claims to remove dead skin and impurities while also providing moisture to the skin.
This definitely isn’t my favourite toner, it isn’t the worst toner I’ve used but it didn’t become a ‘daily essential’.It was hydrating and my skin did feel soft after using the product for a few days but I didn’t see a reduction in things like black heads or a brighter complexion. It is a nice enough product with a subtle some-what fruit fragrance but it certainly didn’t perform anything spectacular on my skin.  .

3 Ingredients

Salicylic Acid
Used in products to hydrate the skin Glycerine also helps the absorption of ingredients into the skin. A super softening ingredient that assists in retaining the skins moisture.

Lemon & Orange Fruit Extract
AHA containing ingredients found in the Berry AHA! line. Citrus fruit extracts will help break down dead skin creating a brighter complexion and smoother skin.

Though Lecithin acts as an emulsifier in many skincare products it is also great at helping to hydrate the skin. It also helps carry other beneficial ingredients to the skin.

How to use: After night time cleansing apply to skin before heading off to bed

Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Sleeping Pack

I always have a small stash of sleeping pack’s near my bed because I just never know when my skin might feel like it needs an overnight pick me up. The consistency of the Etude House Berry AHA! Bright Peel Sleeping Pack is similar to a lot of other sleeping packs I’ve tried. It is a thick but easily spreadable consistency that takes around 10 minutes or so to properly sink into the skin.
This is a good sleeping pack for when your skin needs an extra boost of hydration, I didn’t feel like my skin looked any brighter the day after using the product but it was left soft and nourished.

3 Ingredients

Shea Butter 
Shea Butter is beautiful rich butter that is easily absorbed into the skin. It provides a good level of hydration to dry skin. However, it is quite low down on the ingredients list here so isn’t in the product in large quantities.

Sugar Maple Extract
Containing Glycolic Acid, Sugar Maple (cane) extract is a common AHA used in skincare. This ingredient can also be found in the Boosting Serum.

Lemon & Orange Fruit Extract
Just like in the Boosting Serum this product contains some lovely citrus fruit extracts – these AHA’s are going to help break down any dirt and dead skin.


Both products are good all round products if you’re not looking for a specific outcome. The AHA ingredients helping to remove dead skin cells and brighten skin wasn’t evident, there are better products out there if you are wanting immediate noticeable results. Worth buying if you want products that help with dead skin but also provide moisture.

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