Before and after Dermalogica Pro Power Peel | Styling You Nikki Parkinson

How the new in-salon Dermalogica Pro Power Peel has changed my skin

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty 39 Comments

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(I’m excited to be a part of the #DermTribe for 2018. I’ve been bringing you skincare tips and new product information. In this post I’m introducing you to a new salon treatment – the Dermalogica Pro Power Peel)

Before I get into the nitty gritty of the Dermalogica Pro Power Peel, I’d like you to understand why a chemical salon peel might be a good addition to your home skincare routine. You exfoliate at home, yes? Well, think of a salon peel as a souped-up exfoliant.

If you’re looking for a fresher looking skin, you should exfoliate on a regular basis because, as we age, our skin cells get a little lazy in the turning over part of their job. Helping that skin cell turnover with a home exfoliant and regular salon treatments will help.

If the thought of having a face peel has you a little nervous, I understand. You need to put a lot of trust into the therapist and the product he or she is using. Stick with me as I share with you how a series of three Dermalogica Pro Power Peels (over six weeks) has improved my skin without any adverse effects.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a chemical face peel but I think where I’ve gone wrong in the past is that I’ve just done one-off peels and those peels were not necessarily specific to my skin’s needs. 

I’m going to hit you with the before and after photo straight up because I know you’ll be scrolling to that anyway. HAH.

Before and after Dermalogica Pro Power Peel | Styling You Nikki Parkinson

OK, so both photos were taken in selfie mode on my iPhone, unfiltered but looking out a window towards light. I know that’s not the most accurate measure of results but if you look closely (be kind, I rarely share photos of myself without makeup on), you’ll see the results I see and feel. The left photo was taken before my first peel in September. The photo on the right was taken two weeks after my third peel. 

The most obvious difference to me is the radiance of the skin – and this is something that shines through once makeup is on too. The lines around my eyes are also finer. The pores on my nose are smaller. What is not so visible in the photo is how much more plump and hydrated my skin feels.

The key to these results was the way my therapists at Pure Indulgence created a bespoke treatment based on my skin’s needs. With the different formulas available in the Pro Power Peel range, they were able to work with the UltraBright Peel (targets early signs of ageing with 30% lactic acid), the AdvancedRenewal Peel (30% glycolic acid to resurface the skin and minimise fine lines and wrinkles) and even a bit of the PowerClear Peel (a multi-acid complex of 2% salicylic acide, 10% Mandelic Acid, 15% Malic Acid and a patented Terpineol-Thymol complex to target blemishes  and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) for my nose.

Step by step

I was looked after by skin therapists at Pure Indulgence for each of my three face peels. Each time, the therapist worked on getting further results with my skin, all the while carefully making sure I wasn’t over-reacting to the peel. This attention and care is crucial to a positive result.

Step 1: the skin is double cleansed and a prep solution is applied.

Step 2: the peel is applied to your face. In some areas of my face the redness is immediate.

Step 3: my therapist keeps a watchful eye on how my skin is reacting. There is a tingling sensation that varies from mild to moderate, in different parts of my face.

Step 4: an alkaline neutralising solution is applied to halt the chemical process; a cool towel also helps to calm the skin.

Step 5: moisturiser with an SPF is applied because my post-peel skin is now be super sensitive to sunlight.

Step 6: much of the redness that was visible during the peel has calmed down. I’m ready to go.

Pre and post at home care

Hydration is EVERYTHING – in the days leading up to your peel and the days following. I stopped all exfoliation and active products in the week before and concentrated on keeping the skin calm and hydrated with calm water gel

Following each peel, makeup should be avoided for 24 hours. Skincare wise, I added in barrier repair to my routine and switched cleanser and toner to those in the dermalogica ultracalming family. I also refrained from exfoliating, as per my therapist’s instructions.

Overall, my skin handled the peels really well. I only had light flaking on my forehead – nothing that was noticeable to anyone else – and within a week I was back to my regular skincare routine.

The Dermalogica Pro Power Peel is for you if you’re looking for a results-driven skin treatment from your salon visits. Just like any woman I know, I do love all the massaging and pampering that comes with a salon or spa visit but knowing I can get results from a 30-minute, minimal fuss treatment, is music to my skin and an already packed schedule.

To find a Dermalogica salon near you, visit HERE

Dermalogica UltraCalming range


Get excited. Five Styling You readers could each win one pack of dermalogica rapid reveal peel – a professional at-home peel pack valued at $128.

Answer this question in the comments below: what changes to your skin would you like a face peel to help with?

Entries open on Wednesday, November 6, 2018 at 5am (AEST) and close on Wednesday, November 20 at 5pm (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner of the “answer the question” competition will be judged on originality and creativity. Both steps of the competition need to be fulfilled to be judged a winner. The winner will be emailed and their name will be published here. Entrants must include an email address when the filling in the commenting system below to be eligible to enter. Full terms and conditions here.

Photography: Kate Luke Photography; Hair and Makeup: Dale Dorning/Arc Creative

Comments 39

  1. WOW! This article really useful for me. I confused for choosing the skin care information what would be the best for everything. But review this article my confusion has cleared. Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative article about New salon Dermalogica Pro Power Peel has changed my skin and really your skin beautiful now. I have pleased to get this blog page. I have read your valuable page and gotten much information. Thanks Nikki and keep it up…….

  2. I would absolutely love to get the chance to rejuvenate my face after years of sun damage & neglect. As a busy Mum of 5 this would be wonderful prize. Your product as mentioned has some outstanding reviews fingers crossed, I get the opportunity.

  3. A life on the land,big family, there was no time & not much thought for any extra care of the face than the basic rudiments of a soap& water wash & an all purpose moisturiser.I have just returned from a hospital stay,I am confronted by the reality of dull lined skin,I would love the chance to have this peel as a big boost to my recovery,and perhaps a new fresh look.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.


  4. Ageing and the 1980s! And by the 1980s I mean that whole coconut oil and baking til we burned thing!

    I look in the mirror now and my face looks soooo old and haggard. Tired and dull. And depressing!

  5. I’d love to give this a whirl – as we head into Summer and post my third pregnancy, I’ve noticed a little pigmentation that I’d love to eradicate. The radiance you mentioned would also be most welcome to trump the dark circle due to lack of sleep!

  6. I would love to win this reduce scarring on my face from improper care in the past. Really looking forward to trying this!! Your skin looks amazing

  7. I have never had a facial of any kind so I’m not sure what would happen but I would love to get a peel so my pigmentations looked less than what it is not so in ya face if you no what I mean…

  8. I work in a hospital and my skin is SO dry. My beautician actually recommended this product today (as well as a series of facials), aiming for more hydrated and radiant skin. I’m keen to give it a go!

  9. I would the at home face peel to even out the little lumps and bumps that make me look older than I am and brightening up and plumping my skin would just be the icing on the cake!

  10. This mother of two
    And grandmother of three
    Needs a peel pack makeover

    I wish my skin was youthful
    And would go from dull to bright
    So I can walk past all my mirrors
    Without giving myself a fright!

    I hope dermalogica can help me!
    To make my skin glow -quick!

  11. Since turning 5o years young I feel I need help to improve my skin overall appearance .With more refreshed,duey look .I feel this peel can just do that for me .

  12. The changes I would like to my face
    Is for me to again look ace
    To lose that rage from looking older than my age.
    To be fresh and shiny
    Well that would make me smiley.

  13. I would love the peel to help reduce my massive pores around my t-zone, and perhaps the ‘fine’ lines appearing around my eyes

  14. Your skin looks beautiful and fresh! I have quite dull, and very sun damaged skin after a career outside for the last 20 years, I also have large pores as a result of lots of thick sunscreen that blocked pores. I’d love to see a more even skin tone and less visible pores on my face, especially around my nose and cheeks.

  15. I just feel my skin is so dull. I’ve been to a beautician for a facial, I exfoliate and use products at home. And I’ve changed my diet to a more healthy way of eating. Still dull and tired looking skin.
    But now I’m wondering if a chemical peel is what I need to try.

  16. I was a sun worshipper in my teens. Playing sport in the hot Aussie sun and being olive skinned I was uninformed about sun damage and how important it was to wear sunscreen. Nearing my fifties I would love to somehow reverse as much of those many hours baking myself for that healthy, tanned glow.

  17. Nikki your skin looks great!
    I love that this won’t knock you out for 10 days while your skin recovers. I’d like that fresh faced youthful radiance back!

  18. Hi Nikki Your skin looks great! Is this 3 peel facial over 6 weeks thing something that you would do once a year or every 6 months or whenever you felt your skin needed it? Thanks

  19. It would hydrate my dry skin and give me a bit more confidence after recently having a BCC removed from my nose leaving me with an ugly scar

  20. I would love a face peel to help even my skin tone, brighten up my complexion and minimise the pores on my nose. Fingers crossed!

  21. I’d love to sort out the dry patches on my temples and across my nose that seem to have arrived with menopause and get the fab glow that you have Nikki

  22. At 45 I am the oldest Prep Mum at school! I really feel my age at school pick up. Any help to look younger is gratefully accepted.

  23. Can I just say the dreaded words…..School Reunion! You can now understand how a fresher face forward is a necessity.

  24. Any help with my skin would be great! I very rarely get time to go to a salon for treatments so an at-home treatment would be perfect to help with fine lines (ahem.. wrinkles) and brighten and firm up my skin.

  25. I would love this peel in the hope it might wind back time, giving my face a fresher, plumper, healthy look as we approach the silly season. We could use a little help with that

  26. I would like too look a little fresher And a little less tired. Softer lines would be great & help pigmentation would be nice too. It would be lovely to be able to give myself a treat at home especially at this busy time of the year.

  27. I would love the peel to reduce the dark under eye shadows I have and just generally brighten my complexion. Working full-time has left me running around on empty.

  28. I’d love if my skin was a little more plump and maybe reduce some of my red areas,I don’t expect a miracle a subtle change would be nice!

  29. I have a lot of pigmentation and sun damage and find my skin is not holding enough hydration as the temperature has started to warm up.
    I would love to try this product and see what changes and improvements it could make to my skin.

  30. If I won the chemical peel treatment I hope it would make my face look more my age instead of the ‘old lady ‘ mask I’m currently wearing.

  31. My skin feels quite lacklustre right now and could really do some brightening up. A medication I take has produced some light brownish blemishes too, and then there are the lines. I’d love to try this peel to give my skin a lovely, replenishing boost!

  32. I would like a face peel to help dissolve some of my fine lines and even out my skin tone and plump it up a bit. Reduce pores and brighten me up overall. My skin looks tired … not surprising really it is 58yo!!

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