My first diamond peel experience

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


I HAD never had a diamond peel before because I wasn’t sure what the procedure would be like. Out of curiosity, I decided to try it and see how I liked it. Diamond peels are meant to cleanse deeply, remove dead skin, and help spots fade. I don’t have problem skin, but it’s not perfect, so I wanted to see how the procedure could improve it.

I went to SkinZone Skincare with salon and spa (above Coffee Bean in Cebu IT Park) on a Friday night for this facial treatment. I always get facials done in the evening so that I can go straight home in case my skin has reactions, and to avoid exposing my skin to the sun and pollution.

The diamond peel was part of the anti-aging elite facial, which included a collagen mask and liquid vitamins E and C to nourish the skin. The facial included cleansing, scrubbing, steaming, pricking, toning, and moisturizing. Quite a long process, indeed!

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The diamond peel itself was done after the pricking. I’m sharing a photo of what the end of the tool looks like and also how much dead skin was removed. I was pretty amazed, considering that I exfoliate my skin regularly. The diamond peel was followed by a germicidal laser to further cleanse and sanitize skin, then the collagen mask, liquid vitamin C, toner and moisturizer to finish the process.

After the facial, my skin felt really soft but also kind of greasy because of all the creams and liquid vitamins. The lower half of my face was bright red, but it subsided after about half an hour. I also had spots on my cheeks. I must admit I was kind of worried, but I figured my skin was just not used to it since it was my first time to try a diamond peel. It’s normal for skin to have reactions after treatments, especially if your skin is not used to something. Don’t plan a first-time session just before a big event!

I observed my skin for the next few days. It was instantly softer, smoother and brighter. I still had spots and mild itchiness, and my cheeks and chin peeled quite a bit for three days after the treatment. I had minimal peeling around the nose up to a week after the procedure. While all this was happening, I just continued with my usual skin care routine, and was dutiful about applying sunblock and moisturizer as advised by SkinZone.

I noticed the difference a week after the treatment. Without changing my skin care or using new products, I noticed that my skin looked really bright and radiant: the kind of radiance where skin looks healthy and dewy, but is not at all oily. I did not notice a change in my pore size, but my skin looked so smooth and even. I could get away without applying foundation, BB cream or even powder. I just put on a touch of concealer on my undereyes and to blur my pores near my nose, and my skin still looked really good. One diamond peel had visible results for me, but the full effect can be noticed after a few more sessions. I think I just might go back after a few months.

I’m not a dermatologist or skin care professional, so I can’t say if a diamond peel is for everyone. The procedure is painless and non-invasive, but some people may not be comfortable with having tools used on the face. My advice is to do your research specifically for your skin type and skin issues. Go to a reputable salon, and/or consult a dermatologist to see if a diamond peel or perhaps a different procedure will work best for you.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 20, 2014.

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