Whether you suffer from dry skin, breakouts, discoloration, fine lines or all of the above, you will definitely benefit from one of Toronto’s best kept beauty secrets: The Miracle 10 Peel.
Like many women, I’ve spent years trying to find the perfect skin regimen. Trust me when I say that I’ve tried it all: facials, peels, lasers, lotions and potions. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about skincare, it’s this: Skin is both complicated and unique. There simply isn’t a “one size fits all approach.”
I’ve also come to realize that there isn’t one skin type that’s better than another. Whether you have oily skin, combination skin or dry skin, there are pros and cons to each one. In fact, I’m still waiting to reap the benefits of my “skin type”!
So you may be wondering, what is “my skin type?”
I would describe it as combination yet prone to breakouts, with visible pores and seasonal Melasma (patches of discolouration caused by hormones and sun exposure). Nope — I definitely wasn’t blessed with good skin! But I’ve learned that if I use the right products, stay out of the sun as much as possible, use my Clarisonic daily, avoid inflammatory foods and have a peel every 4-6 weeks, my skin and I stay on great terms. If, however, I choose not to follow these rules, disaster strikes. Can you relate?
A few months ago, I suffered through a few weeks of breakouts. Not sure what was going on, but my skin and I were at war. It had been months since I had a pimple and all of a sudden they appeared like uninvited house guests — yikes!
I couldn’t understand what was going on. I was eating healthy, exercising daily, while using my Clarisonic cleansing device and my at-home customized skin care products.
Eventually a switch went off in my brain. I realized it had been several months since my last peel. I was also dealing with some hormonal issues, and of course, the change in seasons (which always seems to affect my skin).
I made an appointment with my aesthetician, pronto. Unfortunately, it was going to be another two weeks until I get in to see her.
When the day finally arrived, my skin was still breaking out. So we both agreed that I had to get back to my regular regimen. Unfortunately my skin is a bit lazy when it comes to cell turnover and exfoliation. So it requires a little help. Therefore I use a scrub and mask two times per week to give my skin an extra boost. I also try to avoid going to bed with any traces of makeup on. But I’m not gonna lie, I do have those lazy nights once in a blue moon where I simply use a makeup remover wipe. If you are worried about proper cleansing and makeup removal, then I highly recommend the Clarisonic. It’s amazing! I’ve had my device for over 8 years.
What to expect:
You may be thinking the absolute worst right now: several days where your entire face peels off along with chapped, red skin. If you’ve had a deep peel, then you will know exactly what I’m talking about. So, before we go any further, I can assure you this isn’t that kind of peel.
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, there are different types of peels ranging in strength from light to deep (depending on the desired result). By definition, “A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking.”
1) Before any treatment, you are typically asked a series of questions. This is to determine your individual skin type and to address any of your concerns. You will most likely be asked for your medical history and a list of any medications you are taking. This is to prevent any unnecessary and/or unpleasant side effects.
2) Once your skin type is determined, the aesthetician begins the treatment by cleansing your skin to remove any traces of makeup and/or impurities.
3) Next you will have the unique opportunity to experience the Dermaplane Tool (my favorite part!). This razor-like tool is very similar to shaving in that it is used to remove those annoying peach fuzz hairs and/or dead skin cells that are taking up space on your face. Don’t worry, it’s extremely gentle. And when used in capable hands, there really is no risk. In fact, you don’t feel it at all. However, you do have to stay still as the tool is very sharp and can cut you.
I know what you are thinking. Don’t worry — your hair won’t grow back thicker or longer! I was concerned about this too.
4) Once your skin has been assessed, the peel solution is applied. There are different types and strengths which are determined by skin type. The solution stays on your face for a few minutes. In the meantime, a small cooling fan is placed in front of your face to minimize any discomfort. You may experience slight stinging, but it is tolerable.
5) Once the solution is removed, the aesthetician may or may not perform extractions. This is optional, but I always have it done as it helps to eliminate clogged pores and black heads. If you’ve ever had extractions during a facial you will know that it is not fun. The result is similar to when you are peeling onions. Yes – you will likely shed a few tears in the process!
6) If you have sensitive skin and/or you had extractions done, then your skin will likely be red and agitated after. To help calm your skin and alleviate any warmth that you may be feeling, a green cooling mask is applied to your entire face. It is typically left on the skin for 15-20 minutes. This is a great time to close your eyes, relax and perhaps, have a nap. This is the part of the treatment that reminds me of a spa. Soothing music, dim lights and a cozy blanket to keep you warm.
7) The next part is totally zen. Warm towels are placed on your face to remove the mask. It feels absolutely amazing!
8) Next, Dry Ice is applied to your face to help close your pores.
9) Lastly, eye cream and sunscreen are applied to your face. You are encouraged to avoid the sun and any types of acid-based solutions for 48 hours.
The best part of all — you’re skin will be glowing and you can get on with your day. This peel is so gentle that it’s often performed on lunch breaks.
It has been a few months since my initial breakout. Since then, I’ve had two peels and I’m happy to report that my skin has cleared up, my pores are much smaller and the patches of discoloration are minimal. I’m currently working on keeping my skin balanced, while preventing any new pigmentation by using sunscreen daily. I still experience mild breakouts but they are very minimal and rare. I’ve decided that I will continue to get a Miracle 10 Peel every 4-6 weeks while using the Miracle 10 Product line.
What you need to know:
Cost: $125 per peel or $350 for a series of 3
You may need to book your peel a few weeks in advance as they are quite popular
The company often has incentives and promos so it’s a good idea to get on their email list.
If you decide to try their at-home products, you an take advantage of their online point system (to save even more $$$) .