Recently I found myself sitting anxiously in Dr. Kalil’s office in Santa Monica, California ready to experience my very first chemical peel. My first peel of any kind actually. My stomach was a little uneasy that morning as I wasn’t sure what to expect. Thankfully I was armed with my friend Cindy Bokma of HelloDollface.com who was also there for the treatment and who had volunteered to go first! I had seen a handful of before and after photos of women who had had the VI Peel and the results were noticeably improved and I so wanted to be one of the improved after shots!
Dr. Kalil is the creator and mastermind behind the VI Peel, so I felt 100% confident that I was in the right hands. I was pleasantly surprised to find the whole process took no more than ten minutes. Dr. Kalil began by swabbing acetone, that’s right, nail polish remover, all over my face. I was told the acetone served as an astringent and is often used before chemical peels to help boost saturation of the chemicals (interesting!). After that dried he swabbed the VI Peel contents on my face one layer at a time. I braced myself for pain that never came. The scent is unpleasant, but the burning sensation was merely three on a scale from one to ten. The tingling lasted only seconds and Dr. Kalil had a small fan nearby that eased any momentary discomfort. The final touch was a quick swab of the VI underneath my eyes and across my eyelids. Those areas tingled a little longer than the rest of my face had, but a quick lean toward the fan and all burning sensation was gone. Afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my face wasn’t red at all, but looked more like I had a bit of a suntan. I was instructed to leave the VI Peel on my face for the next four hours then wash my face with the VI Cleanser.
I was given a post-peel kit that contained VI Derm SPF 55, a rich and soothing VI Derm moisturizer ,two moist towelette type cloths I was to use the next two nights before bed, and step-by-step, day-by-day instructions on what to do and what to expect of my skin in the week to come. Very simple.