Thursday, August 18, 2005


The Microdelivery Peel

The Microdelivery Peel

When I woke up yesterday I noticed that my skin looked quite awful. I guess I've been neglecting it lately so I decided to use Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel.

Philosophy has this description on their site:

Philosophy pioneered the first medical microdermabrasion machine that rapidly exfoliated the skin as it delivered vitamin c deep into the skin. The treatment is known as the microdelivery peel and is popular amongst plastic surgeons and their patients. We are proud to introduce a less expensive, less invasive in-home version of the microdelivery peel.

We don't just give your skin a peel, we give it a complete skin makeover. what makes this next generation microdelivery peel so revolutionary is that unlike peels of the past that only exfoliated, this peel delivers vitamin c into the skin as it's being rapidly exfoliated. It is resurfacing and replenishing the skin at the same time which is a new approach to skin rejuvenation. and best of all, it involves absolutely no downtime.

You need this product if:

- you want to give your skin a complete makeover
- you want to help de-age your skin
- you crave a radiant glow
- you are an exfoliator aficionado
- pregnant women should consult their physician before using this product as it contains salicylic acid

I have very sensitive skin so I was a bit apprehensive in using this kit. My sister who is an esthetician asked me last time she visited if I wanted a chemical peel but she has hardcore ingredients and I really didn't want to expose my skin to something really harsh. Especially given the fact that I have almost no natural pigment left in my face and the UVA/UVB rays are the most harsh this time of year. Check out this link for more on chemical peels.

The Microdelivery Peel is more of an alternate to those chemical peels and I did my face, neck and decloté.

Two products come in the kit, the bicarbonate vitamin c crystals and the rapid activation gel. The crystals smell like orange and it says you're not to scrub but massage these crystals in but it feels like you're rubbing salt on your face. It's quite a rough process and you do this step for up to 60 seconds.

Then you place a teaspoon amount of the rapid activation gel and massage that over the crystals. Your skin then gets warm and it starts to foam on your skin. You're supposed to leave the foam on for up to three minutes and then you rinse the entire peel off.

Theyrecommendd that you use this kit one to two times a week. While my skin looks and feels incredible, it did irritate my skin which stayed quite red for about an hour. I found this peel quite difficult to wash off and felt the crystals all over my skin as I did this pre-workout and usually shower post-workout.

The next time I use this kit I'll make sure I do it before I shower as it'll be easier to wash off. I washed it off with my regular cleanser Philosophy's Real Purity and finished up my skin with my new favorite moisturizer John Allen's (Yes, I know it's a men's line but it leaves my skin with a matte finish and quite moisturized.)

I wasn't going outdoors so I skipped the sunblock, this is not a treatment I'd use if I were going out in the sun at all because it leaves you with even less protection against the rays.

For my sensitive skin I could see doing this maybe bi-weekly at most, perhaps even just monthly. There is no doubt that those with non-sensitive skin would benefit the most from this kit. I didn't use a lot of this product and feel that the price of $65 is really a bargain as i wouldn't use it much as it's very effective with one application and $65 is a lot cheaper than going to get a facial.

The Microdelivery Peel kit retails for $65 and is sold wherever Philosophy products are sold including their site Philosophy.com.

Hey babe - have you tried scrubbing with baking soda? I love it! The grains/crystals are superfine, and since it's a natural antiinflammatory it's great for folks like me (and you) with sensitive skin! I get eczema and seborrheic dermatitis flareups on my face, and scrubbing with baking soda (+ enough water to make a paste) after cleansing makes a HUGE difference. Plus it makes my skin feel wonderfully smooth :~)
I also scrub with baking soda (weekly to bi-weekly) which leaves my skin feeling so good and isn't rough at all!

I was talking to my sister about this peel and told her that there was no way I could ever get a regular peel so this is a great alternative for those seeking peels that aren't as harsh and more for non-sensitive skin.
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