Last week I had my annual dermatologist appointment and as you know, Dr. Valerie Gallais and I always finish with the fun part: our conversation about beauty and her latest favorite products.
Whenever I see her, if I’ve started using a new product I take it with me and ask her what she thinks. While I was there I also interviewed her for my beauty chapter so I’m saving some secrets, but of course I’ll share a couple with you today.
A few weeks ago I told you I was trying a new product, but I wanted to test it first. I have and I love it and better yet, Dr. Gallais approves.
My latest find is Peeling Jeunesse, a “resurfacing” peel with botanicals from the Darphin Paris professional care line. It may be a “professional” product, but it is sold without prescription and it really, really works. There is one caveat however, it may not be suitable for extremely sensitive skin.
It is to be applied on a dry, cleansed face with a cotton pad imbibed in the clear liquid with a blot, blot, blot, technique — avoiding the eye area of course. Naturally the peel is applied on the entire face and if you desire you can just keep on moving down the neck and onto the chest. I haven’t moved below my chin as yet, but I intend to do so.
Full disclosure: It stings like crazy for a couple of minutes. In my twisted mind I’m thinking, “that’s because it’s doing its job(!)”
This is what the hype promises and I honestly found it to be true: “. . . experience the radiance and smoothness of a low-level glycolic peel with less irritation that instantly brightens, refines skin’s texture, and minimizes fine lines.”
The peel is to be used at night, only once a week, no rinsing. You wake-up in the morning, rinse with warm water and look at the lovely results — a clear, ever-so-slightly rosy glow. Add day cream.
When I presented my pretty little bottle to Dr. Gallais she approved, adding that, as I said, it could be too harsh for some women.
While she was my captive audience I asked her if she noticed if women were less interested in certain procedures they liked in the past. She told me that fillers and Botox in small dosages continue to be at the top of to-do lists, but that there is almost no demand for light fruit acid peels.
“With products like the Darphin peel and Foamer 15, women can get very similar results at home,” she said.
Then I asked her if I could use a deeper, more invasive professional peel with her. “Absolutely not,” she assured me. It was a perfect day. . .