Review: Obagi Blue Peel Radiance (skin care)
26 Apr 2011
Hey everyone! I promised that if I would end up with a ‘brighter, more youthful glow’ after getting the Blue Peel Radiance, I would let you know (check out my ‘upcoming review here). Well, here I am! I got my Obagi salon treatment for half price on Groupon two weeks ago, I only paid $45 (original price: $90). I went last Monday and the salon I went to was a brand new place, only 15 minutes away. I love Groupon!
â€‹â€‹Obagi Blue Peel Radiance? â€‹ â€‹
The Blue Peel Radiance is a chemical peel by the brand Obagi. It’s a mild, 45-minute peel that mitigates the effects of aging, sun damage, and other skin conditions, leaving the skin looking smoother and tighter. As dead skin cells fall away, new ones grow, making skin look brightened, revitalized, and, with special glasses, almost touchably three-dimensional.
â€‹â€‹My experience â€‹ â€‹
The main reason I wanted to do this, is because I have a lot of red spots on my face (residual redness from pimples/acne scars). Even though I’m not in my teens anymore, I’m still acne prone: I have extremely oily skin, enlarged pores and the occasional breakouts.
I have to start off by saying that the treatment I got did not last 45 minutes at all. In fact, before she began the woman who gave me the peel said the Groupon treatment they were offering was the ‘short version’. In stead of giving me a facial first, she went over my face with a toner and started applying the peel right away. When I heard that the treatment did not included a facial, I was happy that I had thoroughly cleansed my face that morning….
I have to admit, the peel hurt! The esthetician had warned me beforehand, but I didn’t think it would be this bad. When she first put the blue peel on, it felt nice and warm. Within seconds it started heating up and soon my face felt like it was on fire. FIRE!! I silently endured it for a couple of minutes (I wanted to scream!) and then she washed it off. The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is definitely a ‘chemical’ peel…ouch! But hey…no pain, no gain right?
The whole treatment, from start (the consultation) to finish, lasted about 20 minutes. My face did look a lot brighter and nicer right after the treatment. It was ok, but I wasn’t ‘blown away’. The next day, however, I wanted to cry. When I woke up, I looked in the bathroom mirror and discovered that my face looked like I had fallen face first on a BBQ. No joke! I had patches of thick, burnt skin hanging off my face (literally!) I didn’t take any pictures of it, because honestly, nobody would have enjoyed these… I was expecting ‘some’ peeling, but what I had was pretty major. I had dry, dead skin all over my face. I was happy that the dead skin layer was coming off, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so extreme!
The whole peeling process lasted for about 5 days. Every day I used my Clarisonic face brush, combined with an exfoliating cleanser, to help remove the dead skin and it worked like a charm. I also applied my Reviva Labs ‘Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester & DMAE Cream’ (yes, that’s its name!) twice a day, which helps fight future skin aging and treats past skin damages. I continued using my Coral Actives ‘Acne Serum’ (that contains 6% Benzoyl Peroxide and Sea Whip Extract) and the ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿’Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser’ to prevent breakouts.
â€‹â€‹Overall â€‹ â€‹
I’m really happy that I had this done! I loved how it improved my skin’s look and feel:
â˜» My skin looks brighter. I have a healthy glow now, love it!
â˜» My skin tone has improved: I had some scarring due to past acne and you can barely see it now.
â˜» My skin texture has improved as well: my skin feels softer and tighter.
Exactly 7 days after the peel
On these pictures I’m not wearing any makeup on my skin: no foundation, powder or primer! Just moisturizer.
The esthetician said that a series of 4 to 6 peels will provide best overall results. I wish I could afford doing six in a row…. However, I’m going to keep exfoliating my face at home and I’m also going to keep an eye on Groupon and wait for the next deal with this treatment! It does require some ‘down time’ (I had a monster face for a few days), but it was definitely worth it! 🙂