Vi peel. Secret of Youth Revealed.
As Florida Sun has become more gentle for our tender faces while we are moving towards Florida winter, it is the best time to get some rejuvenating procedures done.
Today I would like to tell you about my first experience of having a chemical peel done, which practically changed my life. This story is about Vi peel, a chemical peel, created by a Floridian doctor for his teenage daughter to relieve her from agony of hiding her face with youth pimples. As it turned out, the peel did not only help treat acne, but it could also help smooth out facial skin and lighten up sun spots and pigmentation.
Exercising the principle of non-interference as long as possible, I must confess you that I have not done anything major to my face until this peel. I have done few procedures of microdermabrasion, but have always been scared of syringes and chemical peels. So, before my long awaited trip to Europe in August 2012, I came to my friend, Irina Shapiro, a Registered Aesthetician, and asked her if she had any magic procedure that would rejuvenate me “overnight”. To my surprise, she said, yes. Well, it was not overnight, but over 7 nights. I have done tons of research, I have bombarded my aesthetician with questions, but the answers satisfied me enough to proceed. My skin condition was okay for my age (33), however, I had some facial expression wrinkles and some sun spots, which I did not have before I moved to Florida. If you decide to have it done, please consult with the dermatologist, do your own research and read some feedback, for example, here.
Vi peel in a nutshell.
What is Vi peel?
It is a mixture of acids, including TCA, Tretinoic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Phenol, Vitamin C and a mineral blend. It is NOT for pregnant women or feeding mothers. This peel is for people who have conditions, like acne, wrinkles, saggy skin, hyper-pigmentation/sunspots/age-spots. Vi Peel Precision is made from the same synergistic blend of ingredients as the VI Peel, but at a higher concentration, for a peel that is about 25% stronger than a VI Peel.
How much does it cost?
Nationwide: average cost $275 (as estimated on realself.com). It cost me $250. It varies with the dermatologist. For me, it included 2 visits: 1st application, 2nd – post-peel facial. Price included a Take-Home Kit. It consisted of 2 post peel towelettes, a moisturizer and a sunscreen. Acid mixture (and additional blend for Vi peel precision), included in the kit, is applied during the first visit.
What is the downtime?
From the moment of application it can take up to 7-10 days to recover. During first couple days your face my look slightly red, like after a sunburn. It varies from individual to individual.
How many procedures do I need?
It depends on your skin condition. Most people have noticeable results after the first peel.
My Vi peel log
Day 1. Vi peel precision was applied to me in the evening. It took about 10-15 minutes plus time to clean my face before application, since I had my makeup on. It was super stinky, but did not sting too much (avoid inhaling it). The skin was like after a light sunburn. It did not hurt at all. I went to bed with it, without washing my face as suggested.
Day 2. In the morning I washed my face with water only, let it dry and wiped my face with the post peel towelette. I had the same feeling of light sunburn and a bit of dryness. When the face felt dry, I applied some moisturizer (post peel protectant), that came in a kit.
Day 3. My skin felt very tight and dry. I washed my face, patted it dry and used the second post peel towelette. When I needed to go out, I applied a sunscreen cream, that came in a set. I did not apply any makeup or other products/creams. Since I wore contact lenses, my eyes were a bit swollen and I decided to wear glasses instead. That helped.
Day 4. My skin was very tight and started peeling in the area around my mouth and nose, and a little bit between eyebrows. It started itching more and more. I had to apply a little bit of ice in the areas where it was intolerable.
Day 5. My skin was extremely dry. My mouth corners got cracked and the area around my eyes became very tight, so the skin started pulling down the outer eye area. The skin continued peeling. The face itched badly. I applied more ice again.
Day 6. Most of my skin peeled off. Where the old skin was gone, I could see a new, smooth, radiant, pink skin, like that of babies! I continued following the routine, washing my face only twice a day and using some moisturizer and sunscreen when I needed to go out.
Day 7. The skin was still dry, but not as bad as before. I had few patches of skin, which had not peeled yet, on my cheeks and on the sides of my forehead.
Day 8 and beyond. Last pieces of skin came off. New skin revealed. Wrinkles were smoothed out, sunspots were lightened. I could slowly resume my regular daily skin care regimen. I did not put any makeup until after the follow-up facial.
Day 10. I had my follow-up facial with my aesthetician. She used only organic/natural substances to reward my skin with all the sufferings it experienced.
I showed my face to my friends and they unanimously said, my skin was NOTICEABLY better. I was ready for my trip to Europe. I took a lot of pictures there and they all came out great!
Secret of youth revealed.
– Ask your dermatologist/aesthetician if the Vi peel (or Vi peel Precision) is for you.
– If you are using other lightening creams (prescription creams), let your dermatologist/aesthetician know before the procedure.
– Do not expose yourself to prolonged sun exposure before the procedure.
– After Vi peel application do not go out without sunscreen (SPF55), that comes in a set. It is better to avoid sun exposure during one month after the procedure. Use sunscreen at all times when you are out and reapply if necessary.
– Avoid touching your face during 7-10 days of treatment. Starting day 2 wash your face twice a day until the end of the treatment.
– Consult with your dermatologist/aesthetician if you wish to use other creams/substances, than those ones included in a set. It is better not to use make up as it tends to clog your skin. Your skin may be very sensitive and it needs some time to recover.
– Never pull the skin when it starts peeling. It may cause discoloration or uneven skin tone. If the peeled skin starts hanging, use scissors to trim it.
– If you forget any step, you may rely on day by day instructions, included in the take-home kit. They are very important to follow for the best results.
– Do not tell your friends. Let them guess!:-)
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