Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel: Product Review

How I Found Hydropeptide

Recently I went to a dermatology conference in New York. Like most conferences, there was a large exhibitor hall where different companies had booths set up to market their products to the dermatologists, physician assistants, and medical students (i.e. me) that were in attendance.

They typically give away full size sunscreens, lotions, peels; you name it. If it’s a dermatologic product that’s sold in a dermatologist’s office, they had a booth at the conference.

Of course I made my rounds so I could take home a year’s lifetime supply of sunscreens and various anti-wrinkle creams. The best part being that I actually came home with some great products that I’m excited to share with you all.

Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel: Product Review

Hydropeptide At Home Peel System

The first product I want to talk about is Hydropeptide’s at home peel system. It’s sold as the Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel. In their words, this is a “date night” peel. It means you can do it after you shower, as you’re getting ready for a big date, and it won’t leave you with the redness, peeling, and overall side effects of professional peels.

Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel: Product Review

My Experience with Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish and Plump Peel

I had a big night planned, and I wanted my skin to be extra glowy, dew like, and overall perfection. I decided to jump in and try the Hydropeptide peel. For a second I worried that I would have terrible results. I would have had to put myself away for a week of self inflicted solitary confinement. Luckily, my fears were unfounded.

How to Use The At Home Peel System

The peel consists of two steps.

The first step is the application of the Polishing Crystals for 1-2 minutes. It’s basically akin to a sugar scrub. Except the crystals are much smaller than the sugar you find at a grocery store. The sugar scrub you make in your kitchen doesn’t begin to compare. This serves as the microdermabrasion aspect of the kit.

You rub this polishing crystal stuff onto your face in circular motions. Gentle circular motions that is. You will abrade your skin excessively if you try to scrub. Especially if you try to do this for 2 minutes. During this step you are essentially removing those dead skin cells that have piled up on the surface of your skin. That’s why we call it microdermabrasion. Microscopic crystals slough skin cells.

The polishing crystals smell amazing. In fact, I just got the scrub all over my hands as I tried smelling it again. It’s citrusy. It has lemons and oranges. It also has Vitamin C and orange peel in it. Don’t try eating it. Yes, I accidentally tasted some of it.

On to step two, this is where more of the magic happens. Step two contains the Plumping Activator, and you put this on directly over the crystals you put on back during step one. This is where the peel part really comes in. The main ingredient here is lactic acid. Lactic acid is commonly used as a superficial chemical peel. It belongs to the family of alpha-hydroxy acid peels. The microdermabrasion you do in step one helps the lactic acid from step two to penetrate.

Lactic Acid Peels

Lactic acid causes increased epidermal and dermal firmness. In one study that used 12% lactic acid on study participants, they found that lactic acid increased smoothness and improved the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (1) Does this over the counter product contain 12% lactic acid? Of course not, that’s the professional strength peel that should only be done in a doctor’s office.

On another note, lactic acid can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. You are effectively shedding parts of the topmost layer of your skin here. Help your skin look beautiful and radiant at all times by throwing on SPF 30 sunscreen.

Hydropeptide also markets the plumping activator as containing several peptides that are supposed to help. Is this scientifically proven? Probably not. But I’m sold with the microdermabrasion and lactic acid aspects.

My Opinion

So what was my opinion? From the beginning, I loved it! My skin felt smoother than I can ever remember feeling it. My cheeks were perfectly flushed from the massaging motions. I could see a noticeable difference right away.

I only had the sample size, which could do maybe 2 peels tops. I convinced the Hydropeptide representative I’d met at the conference to send me a full size. I tried it again two weeks later, and it was just as magical of an experience.

Seriously, I am accustomed to using a Neutrogena face scrub, the one with the obviously visible beads and the grainy texture, every day in the shower. You know the one I’m talking about? This was like that, but multiplied by 100.

Other Opinions

Keeping my readers in mind however, I had to test this product further. My skin is somewhat indestructible, and I had to find someone with more sensitive skin to try out this peel. Someone who was more avoidant to trying new products. Someone who had a carefully controlled skincare regimen so as not to upset their delicate skin. This someone would also need to be willing to serve as my guinea pig. Of course, I harassed my boyfriend into doing it.

Lo and behold, he had a noticeable difference in the softness of his skin too. We spent that night lovingly rubbing our hands on each other’s face and nuzzling each other’s cheeks. (I wish. Actually, we nuzzled a little.) We did wake up the next day to check if he suffered any ill effects from the microdermabrasion of the peel, but his skin was wholly intact. He had no breakouts or redness in sight.

The only detriment I can see to using this product is the price. At $78 for the kit, this is more of a splurge than a steal. I can say that the kit contains enough product to the peel once a week for quite a few weeks. You only need about a teaspoon of the crystals to get some good abrasion going. I’ll report back here with an update once it’s all gone, and let you all know how many times I was able to use it.

Overall, the self-proclaimed “date night” peel is a hit. I will be eagerly using it for future date nights.

Have you ever tried the Hydropeptide Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel or any other at home peel system? What were your results?


  • Polishing Crystals: PEG-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Glycerin, Polyethylene, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Zeolite, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Synthetic Beeswax, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone
  • Plumping Activator: Water, Lactic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Acetyl Octapeptide-3 (Relaxing Peptide), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (Moisture-Binding Peptide), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein (Moisture-Binding Peptide), Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract (Hydration Peptide), Polyquaternium-10, Tripeptide-1 (Plumping Peptide), Tripeptide-10 Citrulline (Plumping Peptide), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Echinacea Angustiflolia (Coneflower) Extract, Rosmarinus Officianalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativua (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lecithin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Phenoethanol, Xanthan Gum, Methylisothiazolinone


  1. Smith, Walter P. “Epidermal and dermal effects of topical lactic acid.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 35.3 (1996): 388-391.

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