*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.
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.
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.
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.