A couple of weeks ago I was invited to experience a MangoBrite peel. Well, it is a peel and it isn’t, so best stick around for loads of over-explaining and skincare jargon from yours truly.
Dermaquest is an American skincare brand that is exclusive to dermatologists, medi spas and specialist skincare clinics. It’s a cosmeceutical line with optimum percentages of active ingredients to treat specific skincare concerns – in other words I LOVE THE CONCEPT ALREADY.
While I was being prepped I was told that the treatment does not have any noticeable after-effects, and that you can continue with your daily doings directly after without even a hint of redness. The peel contains Mango pulp ( high in Vit C and Beta Carotene), Orange Stem Cells (anti inflammatory, increases colagen production, reduces puffiness), a whopping 30% Lactic acid (hydration, exfoliation) and 3% Kojic acid which is brightening and will reduce breakouts.
While that’s quite a mouthful, I’l like to take the time to give you a crash course in the pH of peels. The more acidic a peel is, the deeper it’s ingredients (also acids) can penetrate, and the more effective they will be – but it also means the temporary adverse reactions can be more prevalent. Anything over pH 3.5 is total rubbish. A pH of around 3 is good for more sensitive skins – it won’t be a shock to your system. It’s also the lowest pH most brands will allow a skincare therapist to work with. Dermaquest Mangobrite comes in at a barrier-breaking pH 1.6.
My experience was, well, interesting. The treatment itself comes with a minimal amount of discomfort and it takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. Immediately after, my skin felt the slightest bit tingly, but looked radiant and not the least bit red. I had an hour to kill before going to another launch so I went to have a late lunch, and felt some slight tightness (100% normal).
Then things changed. When I got to my car I had a light case of the pox – red blotches over my cheeks and forehead (with which I entertained everyone present at a launch from a sensitive skin line, much to their delight). After a couple of hours they became a little raised, like small welts. This lasted a day and a half, after which the areas became dry and rough, and had some light peeling for about 5 days. This wasn’t uncomfortable at all except for some tightness which is standard after a peel, it just made makeup application a little challenging. I used an enzymatic exfoliator every second day to speed up the process.
And then there was light. Bright light, shining from my skin. Through my skin. Even after this one treatment (a course of 6 is recommended), I could see an improvement in brightness and clarity. Except for the problem area on one side of my jawline that has been there for 5 months and counting, but I wasn’t expecting a miracle from one treatment.
While I was absolutely thrilled with the results, I definitely had more after-effects than I was told to expect. Even though I do have fairly reactive skin, with the amount of active ingredients and the low pH I honestly can’t see how it can go any other way. I’d still wholeheartedly recommend it because of the great result – I’m going back for a second one soon.
I had my Dermaquest MangoBrite treatment at Pureskin in the Nicolway shopping centre. Call them on 011 463 1595 or visit the website. A MangoBrite treatment is R495.