Review | Ole Henriksen Power Peel
I am a big proponent of medical-spa-grade treatments. The sterile office settings, the kindly receptionists, the smell of rubber gloves. There has been a long-held market of products claiming to offer the same results in the comfort of your own bathroom. Creams that boast the same benefits of Botox, concoctions that claim to make fillers obsolete, and serums that promise the same potency as lasers. (?) I received Ole Henriksen's Power Peel ($70 for 6) and was dubious of the words "microdermabrasion" and "acid." But still, it was a overcast Saturday morning and I almost literally had nothing else to do. Plus, I was intrigued by the idea of being shucked like an ear of corn.
The three step system comes in glossy pouches like ramen seasoning or active yeast. The first step is an almond polish facial scrub. I wet my face and smeared the scrub all over my face. The exfoliants were course and misshapen, just as you would imagine pulverized almonds to be. It felt perilously close in texture to St. Ive's Apricot Scrub. I buffed and buffed in circular motions, focusing on my more topographic areas then rinsed.
Step two: the lemon strip facial peel. Come to papa. I squeezed the gel out into dry hands and slathered it on. The previous step left microcuts all over my skin which the lemon acid based peel stung nicely. I winced and continued for the recommended two minutes. I used this time to reheat my cup of coffee in the microwave.
Without rinsing, I put on the third step: a chamomile comfort facial mask. This step is meant to neutralize the facial peel while soothing the treacherous second step. It seemed to be clay based and smelled very strongly of the masks my mother used to use growing up. Perfumed and floral like a Calgon bath salt, or an potpourri satchels. 15 minutes later and I rinsed and followed up with my normal post-wash routine.
[Author's edit] My face felt a little tight like it had been sapped of moisture, but it was nothing extra lotion couldn't fix. I found some of the preexisting bumps to be a little inflamed. This, however, seemed reactionary from all the hell I just put my skin through. It is also typical of facial peels. (I could have benefited from doing this before bed to allow my skin more recoup time.) Also, the chamomile mask didn't seem to do much. The good news is my skin did look noticeably brighter like a newly molted snake, or when Neo awoke from the Matrix. There was a considerable reduction in the dry topsoil of skin I've collected on my face and a fresh layer of epidermis was revealed! It took a few hours for my skin to calm itself back into equilibrium. The next morning I looked nearly brand new. Certainly better than I did the previous morning. Did I get medical-spa-grade results at home? Maybe. Was I glad I didn't have to put on pants to get these results? Astronomically.