Vitality Institute Medical Products, maker of the VI Peel, claims:
The VI Peel will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers, injectables and post procedure.
The peel provides superior results for all skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-6). Regular use of the Vi Peel (two to four peels per year), along with proper home care, reverses sun damage. It treats hyper pigmentation including melasma, acne and acne scars, loss of firmness and rosacea. The peel is also suitable for the eye area, chest, hands, arms and back.
Leading up the moment, I was nervous. If I were Batman, the area of my face covered by the eyemask would be my most sensitive (peeling after the tiniest hint of glycolic acid or retin-A), while the other doesn't care what you do to it. Images of post-peel Patsy Stone and Samantha Jones danced in my head. After I was assured by my practitioner that this peel would not cause any wounds, bleeding or weeping, I settled down in the chair and prepared for the worst.
The peel starts with acetone, when an acetone-soaked pad is scrubbed all over your face (area of peel). My aesthetician told me that the peel originally had alcohol as the initial cleanser but, the company switched to acetone to ensure that no oils remained on the skin whatsoever. I thought the alcohol would have been worse but she assured me that the acetone is harsher on your skin. Except for the moment when I accidentally huffed some of it (she was cleansing under my nose when I took an ill-timed breath in), it was not a big deal.
Then, she applied the first layer of the peel which contains a numbing medicine. On initial contact I experienced a mild stinging but, it was fleeting and after a minute, was gone completely. She waited for the medicine to take full effect before she applied the second layer. Then, finally, she applied a third layer, including a thin layer on my upper eyelids. I experienced another fleeting moment of mild stinging with the third layer but, again, it was gone within seconds.
The peel itself has an odd, lingering smell... kind of like new pool toys or a shower curtain, which leads me to believe it contains phthalates. If you are sensitive to chemical odors, this will likely trigger a reaction. An hour post-peel I can definitely still smell it and my face tight and has the numbed quality of having been to the dentist's office for a filling earlier in the day.
Watch this space for more updates in the upcoming days. I expect to be my own, personal snow globe for Christmas.
PHOTOS BEFORE PEEL:
(no foundation or concealer - just moisturizer and eye makeup)
|Right side - melasma on lower cheek / jaw|
|Right side - close up of red marks and freckles|
|Left side - melasma on lower cheek / jaw|
|Left side - close up of red marks|
|Right front - close up of red marks / pores/ freckles|