Editor Approved: A Gentle Peel That Will Leave You with a Wedding-Ready Complexion (No Downtime Required!)

Hair & Beauty
Wedding Face Peel

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Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world. Here, she's dishing on a skin peel that's perfect for engaged girls in search of a gentle, but effective treatment.

Time and time again, makeup artists stress that perfect wedding makeup starts with flawless skin. Inspired by the perfect complexion of our June/July cover girl, Olivia Palermo, I decided to try Glytone by Enerpeel SA, a gentle salicylic acid peel that promises to eradicate acne scars, discoloration and blemishes; all the while giving you the ability to immediately venture into the outside world looking like a regular human being. It certainly sounded like the solution for brides in search of a flawless complexion.

What it's like: I went in for my first peel not at all nervous, as Glytone put me into the hands of dermatologist-to-the-stars Doris Day. She quickly whipped up the solution on site. It felt just tingly enough for me to know something was happening. After about a minute, she topped it off with Glytone Lipid Recovery Cream, an antioxidant- and omega-infused product that restores the skin's barrier after aesthetic procedures.

Side note: I'm very wary of putting oil on my erratic skin, but this one claims to be noncomedogenic and that it is. Trust me.

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I was in and out of her office in less than 15 minutes, armed with a new regimen that consisted of Glytone's Acne Treatment Facial Cleanser, Lipid Recovery Cream and Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40. (Wearing sunscreen after a peel is extremely important, Dr. Day told me, since the sun's harmful rays can completely negate the complexion-evening effects.) She recommended I come back for two more peels once a month.

That evening I was headed to a beauty-industry event — poor planning on my part — but when I glanced in the mirror, there wasn't any redness. In fact, my skin didn't really look different than it had before the peel.

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The next morning, however, my skin was glowing and much more even. I skipped foundation — which I never do — and just dabbed on a bit of concealer, blush, and finishing powder. After the next visit, my skin was a bit flakier, but after a few days I was left with an even better complexion than before. I received more than a few totally unprompted compliments, and noticed my T-zone became much less oilier throughout the day. After the third and final peel, my complexion regimen was downsized to blush and finishing powder.

The fine print: For brides-to-be, Dr. Day recommends starting a series of treatments at least six months before the wedding date, since three to six treatments are needed. Price varies depending upon the dermatologist, but can range from $150 to $300 per treatment. For a list of participating dermatologists, visit Glytone USA.

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Our verdict: Two words: Life changing. And that's not an understatement. Anything that eradicates blemishes, oil and hyperpigmentation is worth the money — especially if you're prepping for a wedding. I've been sustaining the results by wearing sunscreen religiously and using an at-home peel once a week. (I love Glytone's Mini Peel Gel and Malin + Goetz 10 Percent Glycolic Acid Pads.) But that's not to say I won't pop back into Dr. Day's office after the summer to start fall on a fresh note.

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