The Skin Regime: Week 9 (The Peel)

Hey Guys,

It’s time to update my progress on The Skin Regime Boot Camp, and reveal the peel I’ve been using to get the job done.
Initially, I was unable to talk specifically about the peel, under instructions from Skin Regime founder Dana Ramos. But I’m happy to report that she’s ready to have me shout it from the rooftops, because truly… the stuff works.

The 1-4-All Peel is an interesting concoction of several different types of acids, including glycolic, lactic and a pinch of TCA. It’s a ‘layering’ peel… which means that the more you layer it on, the stronger it becomes. It’s EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to keep track of this when you apply the peel. This is not like a regular glycolic where you can go over the skin several times to ensure coverage. Once you touch a place on your face with it, that’s the first layer. Touch it again, and you’ve just applied a second layer. Let me put it like this: Two layers is considered strong. Any more layers, and you’ve basically got to have Teflon skin. To date, I have not done more than 2 layers. That’s my tolerance, and I’m not interested in any burns. Plus, my results have been nothing short of completely amazing.

I told you guys that as I progressed with the peel, I’d start taking pictures with less and less makeup… and eventually give you a shot of the ol’ mug with no foundation at all.
This is pretty close.
All I’m wearing on my actual SKIN is powder to take down the shine. NARS Reflecting Loose Powder to be exact. I do have on a teeny bit of eye color (MAC Seedy Pearl and Guerlain Brun Dore) and mascara (Volume de Chanel), Anastasia Brow Gel (because they were lookin’ the hell crazy) and lip gloss. But the skin is all me. No, really. You can clearly see a couple of imperfections along the jawline (my favorite breakout area), but that’s about it. That’s my skin. And let me tell you, I’ve NEVER had it look like that for longer than a few days because the planets were in alignment and my skin decided to act like it had some sense.
I mostly did this because I wanted to see what my face would look like with makeup… without foundation. Normally, I’d never skip some kind of base. I’m not a fan of ‘letting my skin show through’ because let’s be honest… I’ve not got the best skin. Who wants to let bad skin show through? So my foundations have always had some coverage, reflected light to cover imperfections, and I’ve never gone anywhere without my color corrector to hit the hot spots.
Not today.
This is a big deal for me. To have consistently well behaved skin (I get one or two pimples around that time of the month, but they disappear within 48-72 hours) is something that I’ve constantly strived for, but never been able to achieve. And when I tell you that I’ve used all manner of creams and lotions and potions (including a $975 cream that worked well for about a month, then quit), believe me. I use an excellent serum (that I make for myself) for both day and night, and I still use my personal cleanser (Habibi Oatmeal & Peppermint) and I never go to bed without using my Clarisonic. During the day I wear sunscreen (Sunday Riley) or CC Cream (Juice Beauty), which contains sunscreen and is 100% sheer. But that’s about it. I peel every 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on the mood my skin’s in. The peel takes me no longer than 5-8 minutes start to finish. That’s application, wait time, rinse, and moisturizer. I do it at night before bed, and wake up the next morning to insanely smooth… clear skin.
I love it.
I’m a fan for life. Ramos says once the regime is done, I can peel every few months or so, depending on my skin’s needs. And the thing that really cooks my noodle is the price. The peel is NOT expensive. It’s affordable, a little goes a very long way, and the results are worth sharing with every person you know who’s ever had to suffer from acne or other skin complaints.
There is no need for you to have bad skin. Ever.
You can find out more about the 1-4-All Peel HERE.
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10 comments

  1. PANNA says:

    You look great! What's the down time like with this peel?

  2. Thanks Panna! I recover overnight (which is why I do the peel at night). I don't leave it on long enough for major flaking or peeling. I know that some people do, I believe the recovery time for that is about 2-3 days. I've never left the peel on longer than 3 minutes. There is some tightening the next day, but otherwise my skin is extremely smooth and blemish free.

  3. Stephanie B says:

    Good results! Im doing it at the moment, thursdays going to be my third time. The first time i couldnt keep the stuff for more than 10 sec! Last time was better. I hope to get rid of the acne scars i got this year, though thank god i dont have spots anymore!

  4. Good luck Stephanie! Your tolerance will get higher as you do the peel. I couldn't do it for longer than a minute the first time I did it too. 🙂 My scars have faded, and so have 99% of all of my hyper-pigmentation. Just be diligent about sunscreen and keep your skin hydrated! 🙂

  5. ahhhsoNeo says:

    Your skin looks amazing. I went and checked out some of your older FOTD for a comparison, and although I don't think your skin looked that bad before, it does look pretty stellar now.Thanks for writing about the use of sunscreen with this product, I'm always worried about women who use peels and no sunscreen:( Going to go over and read more about this product. Do you think it would be ok to use for someone who already uses glycolic products in their routine? I'm afraid of over doing it!

  6. Thank you so much! Yes yes you MUST use sunscreen with peels. It's just not negotiable. I have to tell you, I don't think you should use any other glycolic acid products, in addition to this peel. It's pretty strong. And it already contains glycolic acid. The constant exfoliation will thin out and potentially damage your skin. You have to give it time to recover between peels. All you really need is a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. The peel does all the work.

  7. PANNA says:

    Thanks for the info! It's def on my to-try list!

  8. You're so welcome. If you try it, I hope you're truly happy with the results! I know I am.

  9. Bengaltiger says:

    Shahada, you are an inspiration!I just ordered the peel after seeing your terrific results and a long chat with Dana at the Skin Regime! I have used glycolic & lactic peels on myself for 3 yrs now but I was not getting the results I wanted without going higher in strength and irritating my skin. I hope with this one I will get rid of the final bits of pigmentation left behind.Do you use Juice Beauty's Stem Cellular Repair CC cream and does it leave a white residue cos it has 20% Zinc Oxide?Also, what is the serum that you make? Would love to know the details!Thanks!

  10. Thank you! 🙂 I do use the Juice Beauty CC cream and I have not had any flashback. I wear it alone if I'm just running around and blot it with a powder if I'm taking pictures. I haven't had any issues. I'm still working on the marketing for the serum.

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