For those of you who don’t know, optiPhi is an award-winning range of cosmeceuticals developed by a local dermatologist, Hugo Nel.
Right now, the newest addition to the line is optiPhi Protect The Canvas, R399, an SPF 30 sun protection cream specially formulated for your face and neck.
The brand also offers in-salon optiPhi peels; a facial peel that uses between 25% and 35% glycolic acid. (A popular AHA, glycolic acid is a great exfoliant that can minimise the appearance of sun damage and fine lines while improving your skin’s elasticity). As the peel is actually very mild and gentle, you don’t have to worry about any actual ‘peeling’ later on and could easily have in one in your lunch break and return to work without anyone else being the wiser…
To begin, my friendly therapist Tania cleansed my face and applied a thin layer of optiPhi anti-inflammatory serum. This helps to ensure your face is at the perfect pH for the peel while preventing any redness afterwards.
When the actual peel was applied, it didn’t hurt one bit. In fact, I felt a mere ‘tingling’ sensation and that was that. (This was my second optiPhi peel just so you know… I’d had my first a few months back). That time, it definitely did sting, but only for a few seconds, so perhaps I’m starting to toughen up…)
Afterwards, Tania neutralised the peel and treated my face to a relaxing massage using a dermal reconstitution mask and rejuvenating serum from optiPhi’s professional line. She then layered on the brand’s Eyesigns Activegel eye cream, (it addresses wrinkles, firmness, puffiness and dark circles), vitamin-enriched Moisture Control Light and the new sunscreen, Protect the Canvas.
This time round I wasn’t afraid to look in the mirror at all. I wasn’t red in the slightest and my skin felt silky smooth like a baby’s bum. I also noticed that a tiny post-blemish mark I’d had on my cheek had lightened up a tad. Nice…
If you want to book an optiPhi peel, give their head office a ring on (012) 667 6244 to find the salon offering the treatment closest to you. At Thyme, it costs R450 and Tania reckons you opt for a course of six, adding that you’ll start seeing visible results by facial three or four.