If you’re a woman of a certain age, ahem, like me, the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel is one product you need to add to your beauty routine.
Here’s why: as your skin begins to age, the amount of time it takes for the body to produce new skin cells slows down and this in turn leads to dull skin as well as an uneven texture and fine lines. A peel helps to clear the top-most layer of dead skin cells encouraging the body to create fresh new skin cells resulting in brighter skin that is smoother and has visibly fewer fine lines.
I use the Microdelivery Peel once a week. You’ll notice that I’ve used an image off the brand’s site – that’s because I’ve used mine so much it’s all messy and not at all pretty. I used the product on my hand for this review because my hands are really wrinkly, and you will really be able to tell the difference later. I followed the same steps as when I use it on my face: a small scoop of the Vitamin C/peptide crystals and do a 30-second scrub. You can go up to 60-seconds if you like, but always remember to be gentle.
Next, on goes the Salicylic Activating Gel. Be generous with it and smooth all over the Vitamin C crystals. Don’t be worried if you feel a warm sensation and see a little foaming/fizzing – it’s not your skin burning off. That’s supposed to happen. The instructions say you can leave this foam on for anywhere from 1–3 minutes. But I like to be conservative when it comes to my skin and leave it on for only about a minute.
Once I washed off the whole foam+gel+crystals, you can see the difference between the two hands. I could not believe how smooth my skin was. Literally like new skin, as if it had never been touched by pollution or the sun or anything. It was also brighter. The fine lines are also reduced on the left hand, and it looks less worn out than the right.
Now at The Beauty Desk, I’m all about getting the most out of the products I use. I do this at-home peel at night, so that with all the dead skin out of the way, and with 8 hours of zzz ahead of me, my skin can better absorb the nutrients in the serum and moisturiser/night mask that follows. There’s one more thing I should mention – with all the dead skin gone, your new, delicate skin is even more susceptible to sun damage. So you absolutely must use a sunscreen the next day before you leave the house.
Would I buy this again? Of course. Should you buy it? Yes, if you’re in your early 30s and need to get started on an anti-ageing routine.