Treatment name: Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation Peel
What it is: A chemical peel designed to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate cellular activity without typical “downtime” such as redness, swelling and actual “peeling.”
Salon: Libi Roos Skincare Clinic, Gardens (Cape Town)
Recommended retail price: From R550
What we say:
The first peel I ever went for left my skin sore, red and extremely sensitive, and a couple of days later, I “peeled” like a lizard. Ever since then I have been extremely cautious of the peels I go for, and I usually bombard my therapist with loads of questions about the procedure before she gets started.
The Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation Peel I had done a couple of weeks ago was the complete opposite of the majority of peels I have had in the past. Firstly (and most importantly), there is no “downtime,” meaning you can go back to the office straight afterwards without any swelling, redness or peeling, and you can even apply make-up straight away.
My therapist started by removing all my make-up, and cleansing my skin thoroughly. Prior to this, we discussed my skin conditions and concerns, as well as what I should be doing to maintain my skin after the session. She applied an anti-inflammatory serum to calm my skin before applying a 25% glycolic acid (the treatment can either use 25%, 30%, or 35%, depending on your skin’s condition and needs). I felt some tingling, more intense in some areas than in others, but the peeling step wasn’t painful or too uncomfortable; it was more like a slight irritation on the skin.
A few minutes later the glycolic acid was neutralised and my skin was layered with a mask and serum to soothe and nourish it, while I relaxed and soaked up the lovely sensation of the mask. Once it was removed, my therapist applied some of the retail products (including an SPF) and we were done – all in under an hour.
Overall I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin’s texture, clarity and radiance in the weeks that followed the peel. I am oily-skinned and get hormonal breakouts, but these were minimal, and my complexion was a lot brighter and healthier-looking. I also noticed a decline in blackheads. These peels are most effective when done in a six week course, and can assist with everything from breakouts, to fine lines and wrinkles and dehydration. This is definitely a treatment I would recommend, and one I will be going back for. I love that Optiphi products are local to South Africa and that they offer such advanced results without hurting the skin. Read up more about some of the different Optiphi products available, here.
Anien, BSA Online Editor
To book an appointment, call the Libi Roos Skincare Clinic on 072 850 9279, or to find a clinic closer to you, call 012 667 6244.
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