I am a big fan of the Philosophy at home peels. They are fuss-free, easy to use for noobs and skincare enthusiasts alike and get the job done quickly in the comfort of your bedroom. My first experience with peels under The Microdelivery range was with the Vitamin C Peptide peel that gently, chemically, exfoliates dead skin leaving you with a bright, even-toned complexion. In fact, I still use this one. Next, I added the Overnight Anti-aging Peel to my routine and complemented it with the Renewed Hope in a Jar moisturiser. Naturally I was excited to try the Detoxifying Oxygen Peel, the newest addition to The Microdelivery range, that launched recently.
A two-step peel, this one promises to detox and re-ox (or re-oxygenate the skin). Step 1 is a Detoxifying charcoal gel that acts like a sponge drawing out skin toxins that clog pores, while Step 2 is Oxygen foam booster that goes over the charcoal detoxifying gel to mimic the benefits of an oxygen facial. The entire process takes about seven to 10 minutes making the Detoxifying Oxygen Peel great for time-strapped women in the pursuit of great skin.
If you’ve occasionally felt little bumps on your skin that aren’t pimples or breakouts, it’s impurities, sebum and dirt trapped inside. I tend to have more of these because of dry skin that doesn’t shed as easily as normal skin and tends to accumulate on the surface clogging pores. I slather the Step 1 Detoxifying charcoal gel all over my face, adding a teeny bit more on my jaw line and lower cheeks where I tend to have more congested skin.
Next, I layer Step 2 Oxygen foaming booster over the Charcoal detoxifying gel. You have to work fast with this step as the mixture starts to foam pretty quickly. This is where your skin gets a shot of oxygen – you can actually feel a quick, cool sensation.
As this mixture sits on your skin approximately three minutes (you can decide more or less depending on your skin’s needs), your skin is simultaneously purified and energised thanks to the charcoal from Step 1 and barley extract in Step 2. The Detoxifying Oxygen Peel also comes with a plastic dermablade to be used to scrape the foam off your skin. This doesn’t hurt at all and adds and extra element of exfoliation.
Now some of you may wonder, why two steps? This is to keep the ingredients as fresh and pure as possible till it is actually time to use them and you get the benefit of a fresh mixture each time you use it.
Every time I use the Detoxifying Oxygen Peel I feel more bumps as the dirt and gunk are drawn to the surface for extraction – a sort of purging. My skin always looks brighter and never feels dry. With the dead skin exfoliated, I get better benefits from my skincare routine and foundation looks better on my skin. I’ve added a video below to show you exactly how it works and just how bright my skin looks after using it. (Note: The last line of the video, which got edited – yes, my bad – is “it doesn’t feel dry at all”. Also, it’s a compilation of my Instagram stories, hence the vertical positioning)
Given that this mask is targets completely different concerns as compared to my usual favourite the Vitamin C peptide peel, I would alternate between these two to ensure not only is my skin smooth, wrinkle free and even-toned, but also detoxed and blemish free.
The Detoxifying Oxygen Peel retails at S$89 and is available at Sephora.
I received this as a part of a press kit. I also buy my Philosophy products.