Cyrille Laurent skincare

Krave kale lalu yaha- My scientific review

I am so happy to review the acid toner from Krave beauty. Since Krave beauty has been launched, I’ve been dying to try all of Krave’s products. It is also my first post on a product containing actives, and this one is a good one.

What is Kale-Lalu yAHA ? 

This baby is a toner meant to be applied after cleansing your face. This toner is a chemical exfoliant. This type of products boosts the shedding of the dead skin cells. If you wish to know more about the biology behind them, watch my previous video and read my blog post (click me).  

Break down of the formula

It is one of my favorite things is to dissect formulas. 

Glycolic acid: 

The star ingredient of this formula is the well known glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is from the AHA family. AHA are acids soluble in water. Glycolic acid is the smallest of this family and therefore the most potent. Glycolic acid has many benefits, it exfoliates, boosts the cell renewal of your epidermis cells,  increases collagen production, fades skin discoloration, smoothes skin texture, helps your other product to work better and so on… 

An important point to have an effective peeling action is to have a pH between 3 to 4 but not above. The pH is in between 3 and 4.

Betaine Salicylate

Krave beauty does not highlight betaine salicylate. This ingredient is the brother of salicylic acid. It is a BHA (an acid soluble in fat) that helps your pores to unclog. Betaine salicylate is gentler than salicylic acid. 

Skin soothing ingredients

Aloe vera water extract, panthenol, allantoin, Licorice extracts, Coptis Japonica Root. 5 beautiful anti-inflammatory ingredients. Having skin-soothing ingredients in a peeling solution is smart. 


Humectants are the real game changer in achieving a perfect moisturize skin. Kale Lalu-yAHA contains many great humectants: aloe vera, glycerin, panthenol, acid hyaluronic… Love them all. 

One interesting emollient

Pseudozyma Epicola/Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Glucose/Yeast Extract Ferment Filtrate. It is fermented camellia oil. The fermentation process breaks the lipids of the oil into smaller ones. The idea is to have smaller lipids that penetrate deeper into the skin. I find this ingredient interesting.  

A butch of potential antioxidants: 

This toner is packed with extracts from kale,  spinach, parsley, chlorella, and green apple. I did not find any scientific report to show that those ingredients act as antioxidants on top of the skin. So I cannot conclude.  Know that those plants are high in polyphenols and flavonoids that are potent antioxidants in food. 

My conclusion

This formula is so well done. It contains a perfect blend of anti-inflammatory and humectants ingredients making it effective yet gentle and moisturizing. This toner is perfect to incorporate it into your skincare routine. Start with one application per week and then twice a week. Choose an evening in your week and always stick to it. My peeling day is every Sunday evening. 

To know more watch my video on this superb toner. 

Thank you for reading me. 

A bientôt, 


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