As part of my one woman mission to tackle pigmentation I was doing some research on home treatments for brightening skin. This Philosophy Microdelivery Peel gets some great reviews but it ain’t a cheap solution at €75. I’ve been getting a bit desperate to fix my skin so I decided I’d make the investment.
Now the word peel always freaks the bejesus out of me as it brings to mind acidic chemicals and a raspberry red face. But I have since learned there are very gentle fruit and lactic acid based peels that can suit even sensitive skin. The Philosophy Peel is mainly based on Vitamin C and Lactic/Salicylic Acid and contains two steps.
The first step is the Vitamin C/Peptide crystals below. This is a bright yellow coloured exfoliator that comes in a small round tub with a screw top lid. You take a teaspoon amount size of this and massage it across your face for about a minute. The scrub has a warming effect on the skin and your skin feels a bit tingly when you’ve applied it. I go gently with it as it is quite a rough scrub for my sensitive skin.
You leave the exfoliator on your face and then move on to the second step. The second step is the Lactic/Salicylic Activating Gel below. This is a clear runny liquid that comes in a squeezy bottle. I just pour a teaspoon amount of this into the palm of my hand.
I then use my other hand to spread the liquid over the crystals and the mixture starts to foam up a bit. It’s not like a crazy science experiment or anything, just the mixture turns slightly foamy in some places, as you can see below. You leave the whole mixture on for about 3 minutes and then rinse it off.
When I rinsed this off my skin it looks really smooth and a bit plumper with no redness in sight. I have seen a little bit of brightening but I have only used it maybe four times over a space of eight weeks. This is advertised as a weekly treatment but I’m so nervous of aggravating my skin that I don’t want to overdo it. I’d say you might get about 25 applications out of the set if you’re careful not to use too much. That works out at about €3 a go, which isn’t too bad for the results it gives. It’s definitely not a miracle cure for pigmentation but it is a great treatment for a deep exfoliation and mild brightening.
If my skin is having a particularly bad time I use the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (reviewed here) after this treatment for a great at home facial.