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Review | Philosophy The Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel

A little while ago now I very kindly got sent a few products from Philosophy to try and I think I have definitely saved the best till last. I got sent the Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Moisturiser, the Philosophy Purity Cleanser and finally, the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel* which is quite frankly, one of the best skincare products I have ever tried. I realise that that is a rather bold statement and that the product itself is rather pricey but boy, is it good.

About the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel:
"Philosophy pioneered a next-generation microdermabrasion procedure that rapidly resurfaces the skin as it replenishes the skin with vitamin c. The treatment is known as the microdelivery peel and is light years ahead of traditional microdermabrasion. We are proud to offer an in-home version of this revolutionary microdermabrading treatment. the peel is ideal for all skin types. Results are immediate and remarkable."

The idea of the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel is that it is an in-home version of a microdermabrasion peel, something which you can expect to pay around £55+ for for a single treatment in a clinic. This product is Philosophy's version which you can use at home and at your leisure. Whilst the cost of it may appear pricey at first, a little goes a long way with this product and it is bound to last you for many, many weeks so it is definitely worth thinking of it as a bargain when you take into consideration the cost of a single treatment at a clinic.

I'm sure you are now wondering what on earth a microdermabrasion peel is - don't worry, I did too when I first saw it. It is essentially a really deep exfoliation which uses microcrystals across the skin's surface to remove the top layer of skin. It is often advised to be a progressive treatment with your skin gaining visible improvement across a few treatments at a clinic but fortunately Philosophy's product means you needn't worry about having to leave your own home. Along the same lines of the treatment you would recieve at a top clinic, the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel is used by combining vitamin C peptide crystals and lactic acid gel together which form a white foamy mixture. Leave on for a few minutes then rub in gently, wash off and your skin will feel as if it is brand new. I was so scepticle about this product when I first recieved it but oh my goodness. I have had dry skin on my face for months now and no amount of exfoliating with a scrub has made any impact except for this peel. I am so impressed!

When you buy the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel, you recieve two products within the box - a little tub and a little bottle. Within the tub is vitamin C peptide crystals and within the bottle is the lactic acid gel. It is advised to only use a small amount at a time and I completely agree as a little goes a hell of a long way. The idea of the two products is that you mix them together to create a white foam and at first, I wasn't sure which was the best way to do this. After a little trial and error I found that the best way to mix the crystals and acid together was with an old make-up brush in an old plastic bowl. Mix it all together, slap it all over the face, leave for a few mins, wash off and you are good as new. The vitamin C peptide crystals are quite strange as they smell just like orange juice but have the consistency of a fine body scrub, whereas the lactic acid is a completely clear liquid. Once applied to the face you are left with a warming sensation which isn't too unpleasant and when washed off a few minutes later dead skin cells have completely gone and the skin feels so soft without feeling tight or uncomfortable.

This product is best used weekly to maintain results which I have been doing for the last 4 weeks. I have really struggled with dry skin on my face and no amount of moisturiser or facial scrub has removed this and I can't believe how well this product has treated this. Also, if you are an avid reader of mine you will know that I am always going on about wanting a really, really harsh exfoliator to get rid of the dead skin cells. I used to say I want big, massive chunks of gritty bits to really wipe away the dry skin but this product has taught me that I don't need that after all. Whilst this product may sound scary what with the little bottle of acid but it really is gentle on the skin and I didn't find that it irritated me at all, although I don't have sensitive skin.

One thing to mention about this product is that because it contains alpha hydroxyl acid which can increase the skins sensitivity to the sun, you may be more likely to get sunburn. It is advisable to limit sun exposure whilst using the Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel, as well as using suncream each day.

I really love this product and I actually really look forward to using it once a week as I know that it will deliver results and leave my skin feeling almost brand new. The Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Peel may sound scary, especially when you read the instructions and see that you have to re-live your science lessons and mix acids together before applying them to your face but the whole process could not be simpler nor more gentle. At first glance it seems pricey but it really is worth the high tag and more importantly, it does everything it claims to do and delivers wonderful results.

(*PR sample)



  1. I love a good face peel, definitely want this!!
    Kathy x

  2. I love Philosophy products, so happy to see more people raving about them. I haven't tried this but it sounds amazing, I was thinking of repurchasing the Sunday Riley good genes serum but I may give this a go instead. Fab review x

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

  3. I've been having texture issues with my skin for a while now, i definitely have got to try out this product.


  4. I have only tried the cleanser from Philosophy but I really loved it. This peel sounds so good.

    Nicole xx | www.nicolesbeautybabble.com

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