As many of you know, these days I’m all about AHAs – in fact, I have been researching a lot on all sorts of products containing AHAs and BHAs. Recently, I was contacted by the Dr. LEVY Switzerland PR Team and was asked if I would like to try out their 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser. Having never tried anything from the brand before but very fascinated with the premise of the line I happily said yes. I am so glad that I did, as this exfoliating cleanser (that also works as a mask) has got to be one of the most efficient of its kind that I have ever tried. The 3 Deep Cleanser makes my skin smoother, brighter and it just glows.
About Dr. Levy
Dr. Levy Switzerland line is developed by one of the most well-known aesthetic dermatologists in the world, Dr. Philip Levy – a laser and wound healing specialist. With the discovery of dermal stem cells in 2009, Dr Levy strove to develop a line that would help his patients avoid surgery and ultimately reverse the signs of aging. With this passion, he created the Dr Levy Switzerland line that utilises his innovative (and patented) ArganCellActiv Complex a formula that has been clinically proven to stimulate, protect and nourish skin’s own regeneration system. In short his line is supposed to show smoother, firmer, stronger, overall more youthful looking skin. The Dr Levy range is a cosmeceutical range which combines both medical grade results and a truly luxurious experience and all products are developed and made in Switzerland.
The entire line contains 6 products, ranging from a cleanser, a serum and a range of different moisturizers depending on the skin type. I was very fortunate enough to try the 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser and I was very happy with the results.
Dr. LEVY 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser is basically a cleanser that contains alpha-hydroxy acids and rice microbeads. This can also be used as ‘Fast-Mask’ to ‘re-boot’ dull complexions.
This cleanser aims to gently slough away the uppermost layers of dead skin cells of the skin using alpha-hydroxy acids and rice microbeads. This cleanser also works to stimulate cellular renewal to give the skin a beautiful glow. The Dr. LEVY Switzerland 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser can also work as a ‘Fast-Mask’, to give the skin a deeper exfoliation when left on for longer, aiming to allow other masks and serums to penetrate deeper into the skin whilst enhancing the skin’s natural glow.
Aqua (Water), Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycolic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-2, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Powder, Triceteareth-4 Phosphate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Pca, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Peg-150/Decyl Alcohol/Smdi Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Steareth-21, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Disodium EDTA.
The packaging of this is a standard plastic cylinder shaped bottle where the cleanser can be ‘squeezed’ out on the hand.
Texture and smell
The texture of the Dr. LEVY 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser is a typical white creamy cleanser with small rice micro beads throughout. There seems to be no heavy scent (it’s very faint) to this but it does indeed contain Fragrance as an ingredient.
The 3 Deep Cleanser works brilliantly for me as a second cleanse or morning cleanse quite simply due to the fact that this formulation includes lactic acid and rice microbeads. I have used it in all the three recommended ways. I usually apply it on a wet face so that it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. I also like to use it for exfoliation and rub it gently on my face as a scrub. But my most trusted way of using this unique formula is as a mask and this method gives optimum results. But I use it as a mask only once a week.
The combination of both lactic acids and rice microbeads, which gently manually exfoliate the skin whilst cleansing, reveal a beautiful, fresh and silky smooth complexion. The rice microbeads are not abrasive, they are tiny, and I find them to be very gentle and give the skin a little ‘scrub’ which is something that I quite enjoy. I also find it really invigorating and it actually feels really nice massaged into the skin. The addition of lactic acid in the Dr. LEVY 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser gives this cleanser an added bonus of an acid/chemical exfoliation as well which does give a deeper, more thorough cleanse to the skin. The AHAs work in this penetrate through to the skin’s surface and slough off the dead skin cells on the skin. This leads to ‘fresh new’ skin to be exposed. The result of this is a much softer and brighter looking complexion – the perfect way to start the day in the morning or a wonderful way to finish a cleanse in the evening. I would not recommend using this as a first cleanse or makeup remover, as the product is not great at removing makeup and heaven forbid you would not want to rub this around the eyes to remove eyeliner or mascara!
This cleanser/mask is actually not recommended for sensitive skin but my skin has handled this quite well – in fact, it loves it. However, if your skin is generally on the sensitive side I would recommend to test this first and use this as a cleanser only a few times a week or use it as a mask once a week.
Overall, I really have enjoyed using the Dr. LEVY 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser both as a cleanser as well as a quick mask to exfoliate the skin. I find that when using this as a cleanser it leaves my skin feeling brighter, smoother and hydrated due to the fact that it does contain a fair amount of AHAs (10%) in its formulation, it is the perfect way to start the day or finish the day, especially if your skin is feeling a little congested as it cleans the skin that little bit deeper. The 3 Deep Cleanser also works just as well as a Fast Mask too, as it reveals a truly radiant, glowing complexion that is so soft and smooth to touch.
I find that whilst the 3 Deep Cleanser is gentle on the skin, it is a product that should not be overused as it is quite potent (the results speak for themselves). I would suggest using this as a cleanser every second day (morning or night) and perhaps twice a week maximum for a fast mask for those with normal skin and those with sensitive skin may have to be a little bit more way as to how often they use this!