Since my 44th birthday is rapidly approaching, I openly admit that I am obsessed with my skin. Let me clarify, I am obsessed with keeping my skin healthy, supple, radiant, even toned and firm. It will come as no surprise to you, that I am willing to try almost anything to keep myself looking as youthful as possible (in an age appropriate way of course, not in that overly zealous processed fake looking way). Being a beauty blogger and focused on anti-aging skincare, I am fortunate that I get to try many products and treatments that transform your skin, and while many of the products and treatments are impressive, very few have blow me away-until now!
Let me tell you about my newest discovery and latest obsession: the VI Peel. The VI Peel is a brilliant next generation professional peel created by Dr. Abdala Kalil, who created this ground breaking peel for his daughter who suffered from terrible acne. Dr. Kalil designed this peel to deliver the strongest and most effective acids and vitamins currently available with virtually no pain and little down time, and also to deliver dramatic and noticeable results within a week. The VI Peel is designed to improve the tone, texture and clarity of your skin, reduce age spots and hyper-pigmentation, soften lines and wrinkles, treat acne, and stimulate the production of collagen.
This peel differs from many of the old school peels on the market because it is potent, painless, and has very little down time. I have been getting professional peels for many years and while I love the results (and am willing to suffer for vanity), other medical grade peels tend to burn, be uncomfortable, and result in a very unattractive brown snake like shedding of your skin for several days (can you say ‘shut in’?!). Not only is the VI Peel not painful at all IMO, but instead of shedding like an ugly snake, your skin peels in a light, fluffy, gentle way. This mild peeling is easy to camouflage with moisturizer and make-up, which is virtually impossible to do when you get a traditional peel.
What did I think of the VI Peel? I LOVED IT!!!!!! It is without a doubt, the BEST peel I have ever had! So let me tell you about my experience, why I loved it and, oh yeah I am dying to share the impressive BEFORE and AFTER pictures!!
My Experience: I was personally invited by Dr. Kalil to try out the VI Peel. I loved Dr. Kalil right from the start because he is blunt, direct and honest. He said that my skin could look way better and that his peel would definitely do that for me, I liked his confidence. I trusted him so much, that I tried not to flinch when he gently applied pure accentone to my face to thoroughly prep and clean my skin for the peel. After I got over the shock of it, I am happy to report that it didn’t hurt at all.
Next, Dr. Kalil gently but thoroughly applied the VI Peel to every single area of my face with a cotton swab. And I mean everywhere! He went all the way up into my hairline and even around my eyes (which is never done with a traditional peel because it would burn too much) and it didn’t bother me at all. Dr. Kalil told me that he put some top secret ingredients in the peel to buffer the typical burn without compromising the efficacy. He even went over every inch of my face again and made a point of spot treating my more pigmented areas. It was all finished within twenty minutes, not one bit of burning or pain involved. He told me to leave the peel on my face for at least four hours (most peels need to be washed off immediately because they burn so much) and he sent me on my way with a delightful little VI Peel Take Home Kit to ensure the proper care of my skin in the coming days.
After I left, my skin felt fine and I easily washed it off that evening. For the first two days of the peel, you apply a post peel towelette at bedtime which contains milder acids and helps to facilitate the peeling process. Dr. Kalil also gave me special 1% hydrocortisone cream that he told me to apply everyday to minimize discomfort and it really helped. I also used the VI DERM moisturizer and SPF 30 Sun Protection (also in the Take Home Kit) everyday throughout my peel and I really liked the light weight, fast penetration and calming effect it had on my skin. I have never gotten a special after peel home care kit before, and I must say that I really appreciated the thought that went into creating products that continue to treat the skin after leaving the doctors office. It was a nice touch!
Why Did I LOVE the VI Peel? Painless, fast, comfortable, subtle peeling, no extreme down time, and visible transformative results. Seriously, this was such a pleasant peel experience and I honestly had no discomfort. Maybe at the height of my peeling in days 3-4 it was a bit annoying and buggy, but that was it! It was obviously a treat getting the peel from the creator, I loved the take home kit and the results were the most transformative of any peel I have ever gotten, take a look and judge for yourself:
I promise you that these photos have not been retouched at all and I have NO make-up on my face (other than lash extensions). Doesn’t my skin look amazing?? Luminous, radiant, firmer, smoother, more youthful and almost flawless without a stitch of make-up? A picture is worth a thousand words so you be the judge. If you like what you what you see, search HERE for a doctor or med spa near you that offers the VI Peel or beg your local pratictioner to offer it because it is so FAB! I can’t wait until my next one
Disclosure: Vi Medical invited me to have a VI Peel with Dr. Kalil and as always, I made no promises about coverage. However, it is an amazing, impressive treatment and I am thrilled to share it with you.