Quinoa remains to be one of the most popular superfood of recent times. Renowned for being one of the healthiest grain crops, quinoa is known for its high protein content as well as its essential amino acid and vitamins. No healthful restaurant or holistic food shop is complete without quinoa on its repertoire.

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With such rich benefits to this South American staple, it’s only natural for quinoa to be prized for a wholly different reason: its extraordinary anti-aging properties. For the first time in a facial skincare product, quinoa husk extract has been formulated into Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, offering accelerated cell turnover, refined texture, improved skin tone evennes, and softer skin. This innovative product — a peel that complements dermatologist treatments — is gentle enough to be used daily.

It’s certainly a tall order for just one product, but the Kiehl’s head of Product Innovation Roberta Weiss saw quinoa’s natural ability to exfoliate the skin. “As the quinoa seeds were being rinsed, it was noticed that the plant’s discarded outer husks had began to bubble,” says Weiss. “This activity led to the finding that quinoa husks have exemplary skin exfoliation benefits. What was once considered waste is now a unique scientific discovery.”

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The Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate was created for clients who sought out gentle at-home alternatives to chemical peels, as well as for those looking to expand on the effectiveness of dermatological solutions. The product is formulated with fruit acids, cactus extract, and phytic acid. It has proven to be a highly effective overnight anti-aging treatment. Those who have used it have shown that it also hastens their recovery when used alongside dermatologist-administered peels.

According to clinical studies, the Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Recommended use is every evening, applying 2-3 drops to clean skin before the appropriate serum and moisturizer. Once its on, simply let the quinoa do all the work. —Marga Buenaventura

Kiehl’s Nightly Refining Micro-peel Concentrate, P3,185. Kiehl’s is located at Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

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