OptiPhi peeling facial review

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Last month I was invited to experience an optiPhi skin peeling facial at Thyme Wellness Spa & Guesthouse in Plattekloof.

thyme spa
Thyme Wellness Spa & Guesthouse in Plattekloof

For those of you who don’t know, optiPhi is an award-winning range of cosmeceuticals developed by a local dermatologist, Hugo Nel.

optiPhi; a proudly South African skincare line

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…

optiphi peel
The 25% peel

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.

thyme spa
Thyme’s peaceful treatment room

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.

optiphi sunscreen
optiPhi Protect the Canvas sunscreen

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.


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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. Luisa Gamboa Gamboa

    I would like to use your cream and I live in Angola.

    5 years ago •

  1. Charlie

    I’d love to go for one of these! Sounds great :)

    6 years ago •

  1. lauren pinnoy

    I don’t love this product. I didn’t feel or see a difference.

    6 years ago •

  1. SG

    This sounds a little expensive…6 treatments at R450 each! To be honest though, I’m not quite sure what the usual rate is…

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Sounds good…. I normally use Juice beauty peel but I am definitely going I try this!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    I think this is something one leaves for the professionals to do!

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    I think this is only for future me. A bit to young I think for this.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    I would LOVE to try these out!

    7 years ago •

  1. Des

    Wonder whether this can cause damage though?

    7 years ago •

  1. K@t

    Are there any branches around the country?

    7 years ago •

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