Peel Microabrasion Rejuvenating Resurfacing Kit (Discontinued)
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:04.27.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Peel Microabrasion Rejuvenating Resurfacing Kit has to be a joke, but the price for this mostly problematic at-home scrub kit is no laughing matter! This four-step kit begins with Phase 1: Microdermabrasion Aluminum Oxide Crystals, a creamy scrub with alumina as the abrasive agent. It’s an OK option for normal to dry skin, but is gritty enough that extra-gentle use is mandatory.

Phase 2: Peel with Pre-Dosed Liquid Solution Containing Glycolic Acid comes in three packettes and is mostly alcohol, although there is enough AHA at a low enough pH to prompt exfoliation. However, the alcohol will only add irritation to skin that is already vulnerable due to the scrub.

Phase 3: Neutralizing Solution pH 7 is applied after the peel has had several minutes to work. It’s a superfluous product that is merely water. Yes, just water. Rinsing with tap water will have the same neutralizing step on the action of the peel.

The only truly impressive product in this kit is the Anti-Aging Follow-Up Day Care SPF 15. Not only does this have an in-part avobenzone sunscreen, but also the silky, fragrance-free base formula for normal to dry skin contains a good amount of vitamin C and a few other beneficial ingredients. This is the only product worth using on a regular basis. It is hard for me to imagine that a board of dermatologists designed this kit. Then again, it could be used as an example to prove how much information dermatologists are lacking about the best ingredients for skin.


Designed with a board of dermatologists, this kit combines two commonly used techniques in dermatology, microdermabrasion and chemical peel. The kit consists of 3 phases and an anti-aging follow up care. After the first week skin texture is refined, complexion is evened out, and pores appear less visible. After 3 weeks skin is rejuvenated, fine lines are visibly smoothed, complexion is radiant and pores appear minimized.


Phase 1: Microdermabrasion Aluminum Oxide Crystals (1.34 ounces) Water, Alumina, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Shea Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium Edta, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Butylparaben

Phase 2: Peel with Pre-Dosed Liquid Solution Containing Glycolic Acid (3-0.17 ounce packettes) Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lactic Acid

Phase 3: Neutralizing Soothing Solution pH 7 (1.7 ounces) Water

Anti-Aging Follow-Up Day Care SPF 15 (1 ounce) Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), Other: Water, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Ascorbic Acid, PEG-40 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Silica, Myristyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Soybean Oil, Isohexadecane, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Arginine PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Capryl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 80

Brand Overview

Vichy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some fragrance-free products; all the sunscreens but one contain either avobenzone or titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection; some commendable moisturizers with sunscreen; some good, inexpensive cleansers, and scrub for dry skin.

Weaknesses: Repetitive moisturizer formulas that rarely rise above the median for excellence; jar packaging is pervasive; the at-home peel/scrub kit is mostly disappointing; a couple of irritating moisturizers; no products for those with skin discolorations; limited options for oily skin.

Health is vital. That's the opening line on Vichy's catalog, followed by "Start with your skin." Perusing the opening pages of this catalog, it's easy to see how someone could get wrapped up in this L'Oreal-owned company's belief in listening to the signals skin sends us and then choosing products to address whatever problem skin is signaling you to correct. That might include acne, blackheads, eczema, discolorations, broken capillaries, and even excess oiliness. No surprises there, and it is sound advice to adapt your skin-care routine as your skin's needs (and signals) change. The problem is that Vichy's products, though well intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems, including most of those listed above. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.

A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radical–quelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehl’s, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?

As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.

Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) 378-4249 or visit www.vichy.com.

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