A little over a week ago I had a mini facial at Sephora and I wanted to report back to you on the products used because they were all new to me but one! I was talking with one of the SA’s in depth about in-store events because they were overstaffed (for Black Friday weekend) and bored being the store was empty. The SA asked if they could do a facial on me since I missed their skin event the weekend before using the Philosophy Oxygen Peel. I took a seat at their makeup table and let them work their magic.
What it is:
An at-home two-step oxygen-peel for all skin types
What it is formulated to do:
The Oxygen Peel is a two-step in-home peel that brightens, clarifies, and detoxifies the skin. This unique, long-standing customer favorite bathes the skin in oxygen while rapidly exfoliating, smoothing, and hydrating the skin. The peel helps relieve congested and blocked pores, buffer fine lines, and minimize the appearance of large pores. The result is radiantly clear and beautifully bright skin.
This set contains:
– 10 x Catalase Enzyme Capsules
– 2 oz Oxygen Foam
What it is formulated without:
– 100% of participants had brighter, more radiant skin after just 1 use
– 85% of participants said their skin was clearer after just 3 applications
A few hours after the peel you can see the pimples popping up on my face but other than that I look fairly glowy. This is unretouched in Fluorescent lighting. The facial redness is from cooking and a cider. If you check my Instagram feed you can see a similar shot before the cooking and drinking. I used this one here so you could see the pimples better.
This dual phase peel is quite a spectacle! You break open the catalyst capsule in the provided jar, add water, mix it up, and then apply it all over clean dry skin. One capsule makes a ton of gel. Enough to probably cover the whole upper body as it’s essentially making one ounce of product. You are supposed to top it with your oxygen foam to activate the base layer. They only give you two ounces of that product and the peel is supposed to last 10 peels worth, so I don’t think they expect you to use all the gel, which seems a little wasteful to me. The activator was applied with a flat foundation brush and started foaming up pretty crazy-like. I must have looked like some kind of rabid yeti to passers-by. The foam is thick, like whipped cream, and then it starts to dry down like meringue and get crunchy. You leave it on until it’s completely dry, so you get to sit there for 10 to 15 minutes looking like an unfortunate victim of a baking accident. Not a good look for me but luckily, I give very few sh*ts about what others think. The mask feels tingly and cooling until it dries and then it starts to feel wildly uncomfortable and tight!
Removal time employs a scraper device to scrape the mask from your face. I was then given an Ole Henriksen wipe to take down the excess around the corners of my nose and mouth. The wipe was nice and worth considering if you’re a wipe fan. I was given a quick application of May Coop’s Raw Sauce, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes, and Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil to finish off the facial. I purchased the Raw Sauce as I was considering picking it up on my trip anyway.
The results were actually pretty amazing. I haven’t had any sort of facial beyond my own masking at home for five years. The peel left my skin lighter in tone and brighter overall. Redness was reduced significantly around my nose that was non-rosacea-related. My skin was glowing something fierce and my pores looked smaller. I looked very plump and young. You could see the difference around the skin of my eyes and the very top of the cheekbones they missed as not wanting to get any product on my eye. My eye area looked super tired and red comparatively. My skin felt like satin to the touch. Right after the facial I went to pick up some hard apple cider for dinner and the woman behind the counter asked me what I did because I didn’t look 37 (she carded me to buy the booze), more like under 25. She was in her mid to late 50’s so I told her what they used on me at Sephora.
Unfortunately, by the time I got home about two hours later I noticed, I was starting to break out! I’ve not broken out this bad since my late teens. I had bumps all over my chin, cheeks, and forehead with the majority of the bumps on the chin. By the next morning, some had sprouted white heads or visible clogs and some were still little volcanoes of under the skin pain. I still have some bumps as of now. Oddly enough, my skin has remained radiant, bright, less red, and very youthful over the week despite all the pimple killing stuff I’ve thrown at it. I can’t say exactly if it was a reaction to the product or a perfect storm of detoxification. I’d been testing a foundation that gave me a minor break out and it was that time of the month as well. Part of me hopes that was it, but I have my suspicions of one of the products which I’ll follow up on later. Feedback on Sephora.com about the peel does mention some people experiencing violent breakouts after this peel so I’m not sure I’ll ever find the exact culprit.
Even though I had a pretty bad breakout, I still really enjoyed the Philosophy Oxygen Peel. Obviously, you need to take it with a grain of salt because of my reaction afterward. Most of the peels reviews don’t mention any sort of breakout so I’d suggest trying it for yourself. The cost per peel is $6 so it’s a very low-cost alternative to a professional treatment and even one treatment produced lasting results. This peel is recommended as a once a week treatment, which I’d agree with unless you have sensitive skin. For my poor reaction, I think it may have been a combination of “perfect storm” and too many new products at once.
Have you tried the Philosophy Oxygen Peel? Let me know how you liked it as I’m considering investing!